Invitation for Expressions of Interest: Assessment of the economic value of the tidal industry

Posted on October 7th, in Tidal Energy, Uncategorized.

PRESS RELEASE – October 7, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – OERA is inviting submissions of Expressions of Interest (EOI) as a first step, followed by a request for detailed proposals from qualified applicants – to provide a comprehensive assessment of the value proposition and potential economic value of tidal power development to Nova Scotia, the Atlantic region and Canada.   The value proposition will serve to provide governments and the private sector with a well-informed assessment of the potential economic impacts and broader benefits using three different development scenarios (ie. low, medium and high potential), and how this industry might evolve over the next 25 years.

OERA expects the proposed value proposition will highlight the strengths of Nova Scotia’s and Canada’s ocean technology sectors and their competitive positioning within the industry; and provide recommendations how those industries can continue to thrive and grow. Because … Read More »


Offshore Environmental Research Award: Nova Scotia Researchers

Posted on October 2nd, in Offshore Energy.

Press Release – October 2, 2013

Tracking blue sharks, listening for whales and detecting natural gas movements through ocean water are all projects funded in the latest round of research grants awarded in Nova Scotia by Encana Corporation with the assistance of the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA).

The grants were awarded under the Deep Panuke Education and Training (E&T) and Research and Development (R&D) Call in environmental research pertaining to Nova Scotia’s offshore petroleum industry.  The Call was launched in November 2012 and was the fourth in the series under the Deep Panuke E&T and R&D Fund.  Total funding available was $400,000, with the Call process managed by OERA.

The Call was open to a range of disciplines including engineering, and physical, life and the social sciences, and in general, sought project concepts and ideas that would:

Reduce environmental risk to any aspect … Read More »


OERA Student Research Travel Program

Posted on July 18th, in Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy, Uncategorized.

Press Release – July 18, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) is pleased to announce that the Student Research Travel Program is now open for its September 2013 round of applications.  The program is available to full-time senior honours & graduate students conducting thesis research at a Nova Scotia based university and undertaking research in marine renewable energy or geosciences.

The objective of the program is aimed at cultivating collaborations between Nova Scotia researchers and Canadian and international research facilities or laboratories which contribute to the advancement of the offshore energy sector in Nova Scotia.

The first round of applications from January 2013 saw students attend various universities including the University of Helsinki, University of West Indies, University of Edinburgh and the University of Tasmania.  Students were awarded travel funds ranging from $2,000 to $3,700 each, to support student research … Read More »


OERA Seeks Proposals for Community Based Research Projects Bay of Fundy

Press Release – July 17, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – OERA (Offshore Energy Research Association) is inviting applications from community based or not-for-profit organizations in the Bay of Fundy region to participate in an OERA established Participation Support Fund.  The purpose of the Participation Support Fund is to provide modest one time grants to local organizations or community groups to undertake small research initiatives that will support the Bay of Fundy Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Update by adding information, a particular perspective or further value to the SEA.  The primary goal of the Bay of Fundy SEA Update process is to scope and understand the potential environmental effects that offshore wind, wave and in particular, in-stream tidal technologies, will have on the offshore and coastal environment for the Bay of Fundy region.

Awards will be made at the discretion of OERA for proposals … Read More »


OERA Seeks Proposals for Community Based Research Projects Cape Breton Region

Press Release – July 8, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – OERA (Offshore Energy Research Association) is inviting applications from community based or not-for-profit organizations in the Cape Breton region to participate in an OERA established Participation Support Fund.  The purpose of the Participation Support Fund is to provide modest one time grants to local organizations or community groups to undertake small research initiatives that will support the Cape Breton Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) by adding information, a particular perspective or further value to the SEA.  The primary goal of the Cape Breton SEA process is to scope and understand the potential environmental effects that offshore wind, wave and in particular, in-stream tidal technologies, will have on the offshore and coastal environment for the Cape Breton region.

Awards will be made at the discretion of OERA for proposals in the following categories:

Initiatives that will … Read More »


OERA Announces Two Strategic Environmental Assessments

PRESS RELEASE – Date: April 29, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – OERA (Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia) is pleased to announce that two Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) of marine renewable energy have been awarded and are underway. OERA has awarded a contract to Stantec Consulting to undertake a SEA Consultative Process in the Cape Breton Region, inclusive of the Bras D’Or Lakes; and a contract to AECOM Ltd to update the 2008 Bay of Fundy SEA.

Stephen Dempsey, Executive Director of OERA, spoke to the importance of the SEA process as it is a method to understand the concerns of stakeholders and the various opportunities it provides. Tidal energy can help fill a growing global demand for renewable energy and enable Nova Scotia to meet its renewable energy targets. Strategic Environmental Assessments are essential and are completed through monitoring and protection, … Read More »


Completion of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Background Report for Cape Breton

Posted on January 17th, in Strategic Environmental Assessment, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE – Date:  January 17, 2013

The Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA) announces the completion of the Cape Breton SEA Background Report – a comprehensive study aimed at exploring the social, economic and environmental features and effects associated with marine renewable energy projects in coastal Cape Breton and the Bras d’Or Lakes.

The Background Report is the first step in the SEA process and will follow with a consultation component. Together, the Background Report and consultation results will serve to guide if, where and under what conditions marine renewable development will take place in Cape Breton. The SEA Background Report was commissioned by the NS Department of Energy and the report completed by AECOM Canada Ltd. The Report may be viewed on the OERA website.

The report is a valuable reference tool for residents, project developers, First Nations communities, … Read More »