Community Engagement Strategies to Support Small-Scale Tidal Power

Principal Investigator:

Dr. John Colton, Acadia University

Start Date: March 2013

End Date: July 2013

To support the success of marine renewable energy development in Nova Scotia, in particular the level of engagement required under the COMFIT program, it’s necessary to develop a Community Engagement Strategies & Resource Guide for stakeholders involved in marine renewable energy. This tool will provide a comprehensive step-by-step guide to community engagement for usage by all stakeholders involved in tidal power development including municipal, provincial, industry and academic interests.

The Community Engagement Strategies & Resource Guide builds on the Community and Business Tidal Energy Toolkit developed by the Acadia Tidal Energy Institute and will serve as an addendum to the Community and Stakeholder Module in the tidal energy toolkit. Working directly with a community and a small-scale tidal power COMFIT developer, the Community Engagement Strategies & Resource Guide is a critical component to Nova Scotia’s Marine Renewable Energy Strategy.

Development of the Community Engagement Strategies & Resource Guide and related research will provide much needed information on stakeholders’ perspectives on the benefits and challenges of tidal energy development.  Resources and research and development findings will be published on the Fundy Energy Research Network and Acadia Tidal Energy Institutes websites as well as disseminated through Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and other organizations.


Tidal Energy Community Engagement Handbook – Final Report