A Framework for Environmental Risk Assessment and Decision-Making for Tidal Energy Development in Canada

Principal Investigators:

Dr. Anna Redden, Dr. Graham Daborn and Lisa Isaacman, Acadia University

Start Date:  May 2012

End Date:   May 2012

In-stream tidal energy initiatives are rapidly developing in Nova Scotia, but there remains a high degree of uncertainty regarding the nature and extent (in space and time) of environmental implications of energy harvesting activities. This report outlines a science-based environmental risk assessment and decision-making framework for the developing in-stream tidal energy industry.  The ultimate aim of this guidance document is to facilitate a consistent, objective and efficient environmental assessment, regulatory and follow-up process for the tidal energy industry in Canada. This framework lays out a set of practical criteria and related risk indictors that developers and regulators should consider when planning and reviewing projects.