Tidal Energy


OERA Awards Graduate Student Funds

Posted on February 12th, in Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE – Date: February 12, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – OERA (Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia) has awarded travel funds, ranging from $2,000 to $3,700 each, to support graduate student research in projects related to tidal marine energy and offshore petroleum/geoscience research.

The funds are in support of graduate student research travel to international research facilities or laboratories which will contribution to the advancement of the offshore energy sector in Nova Scotia.

Stephen Dempsey, Executive Director of OERA, spoke to the importance of local and international collaboration in the pursuit of the development of energy efficiencies and sustainability.

“OERA’s mission is to lead energy research that enables the sustainable development of Nova Scotia energy resources through strategic partnerships with academia, government and industry. We have a great resource in our students who are the next stewards of our energy resources. It is … 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 »


North America’s Leading Tidal Energy Institutes Forge an Alliance

Posted on November 6th, in Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE – Date: November 6, 2012

Today, Stephen Dempsey, Executive Director of Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA) and John Miller, Director of the New England Marine Renewable Energy Center (MREC) of Massachusetts, United States signed a Letter of Intent (LOI), to help advance the marine renewable energy industry worldwide.

The emerging tidal energy sector in New England and Nova Scotia has the potential to transform how electricity is generated within our regions, but the industry is at an early stage of development and more research needs to be conducted before commercial scale developments can occur.

To support the potential for marine renewable energy, both OERA and MREC have committed to working together to make full use of research networks of both organizations in order to encourage development and training of talented professionals in the emerging tidal energy section. The … Read More »