New permits issued for Bay of Fundy tidal electricity project

Jupiter Hydro

A new company has been issued two marine renewable energy permits for a tidal electricity project in the Bay of Fundy.

The first permit allows Jupiter Hydro to test a one-megawatt prototype that is not connected to the electricity grid.

The second is for up to two megawatts and the province says it's good for five years if the company meets performance standards, environmental requirements and community engagement conditions.

The project is required to obtain all other necessary approvals, permits and authorizations.

The provincial government says the project will be located near the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy in the Minas Passage and will use existing electricity grid connections.

Jupiter Hydro's combined approval states that an Environmental Monitoring Plan (EMP) must be developed and submitted to the Minister of Energy and Mines at least 30 days prior to deployment.

The EMP has to look at the project's effects on such things as fish and lobster, marine birds and mammals, and currents and waves.