Tidal power studies start with community input

A Nanaimo-based engineering firm wants to investigate the feasibility of tidal power in this area

A Nanaimo-based engineering firm that wants to investigate the feasibility of tidal power in this area is starting the process by measuring the ebb and flow of public sentiment.

SRM Projects Ltd. has applied for investigative licenses for the purpose of determining the potential for future tidal power projects in south Discovery Passage and Seymour Narrows.

Engagement with First Nations and community stakeholders is underway. SRM Principal Scott Merriam says: “We are seeking support from the community for the investigative activities proposed and intend to address questions and concerns to earn this.”

An open house meeting will be held in Campbell River Nov. 22 to provide interested parties with information about the proposed investigative activities. The meeting will be held between 7 p.m. and 8:30 in the Rivercorp boardroom, 900 Alder Street and will begin with a slideshow presentation.

“Tidal energy is a new and emerging source of power, unproven and yet to be commercialized,” Merriam says. “In B.C. we have a significant potential tidal energy resource based on past studies, much of it around Vancouver Island. If we can successfully harness our tidal energy resource in an environmentally friendly manner, we can add another clean energy source to the B.C. power portfolio and create construction and maintenance jobs, helping to offset declines in traditional resource industries like forestry and fishing.”

While the cost of developing tidal power today is typically three or more times that of hydro or wind power, the sector anticipates that these costs will come down during the next decade making it a more economical source of electricity.

SRM Projects proposes to investigate what tidal energy is realistically available at each site; what environmental and stakeholder values are important in the areas; and, confirm if future tidal power projects are viable. The process will include detailed tidal modeling of the sites, deployment of instruments on the ocean bottom to record current speeds, examining the sites to determine what species inhabit the area and the terrain features.

The investigative activities are expected to take up to five years to complete. Consultations will determine cultural, commercial and recreational values and gauge community support.

“If the preliminary resource assessments are correct, it may be possible to generate commercial power in the proposed investigative areas without noticeable impacts,” Merriam says.

Just Posted

B.C. BUDGET: Fare freeze, free travel for seniors on BC Ferries

A complete fare freeze will be put into place on major routes, and fares will be rolled back on smaller routes by 15 per cent

BC BUDGET: New spaces a step to universal child care

Fees reduced for licensed daycare operators

BC BUDGET: NDP cracks down on speculators, hidden ownership

Foreign buyers’ tax extended to Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Vancouver Island

BC BUDGET: Payroll tax replaces medical premiums

Health spending to increase $1.5 billion for drugs, primary care teams

Council makes decision on tackling Pier Street parking issues

West side of Pier Street will go down to one-hour parking, enforcement likely to increase

VIDEO: Top 10 B.C. budget highlights

The NDP is focusing on childcare, affordable housing and speeding up the elimination of MSP premiums

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Canucks blow three goal lead, lose to Avalanche in overtime

Vancouver struggled on the penalty kill, as Colorado scored all five goals on the powerplay

Widow of avalanche victim sues Golden lodge operator

A woman from Alberta is suing guides, their mountain guide association and the lodge operator for negligence

Vancouver Island job market ever-evolving

Various sectors driving employment in region will be represented at Black Press career fair in Comox Feb. 8

BC BUDGET: NDP hope to nix court delays with $15 million cash influx

Union says funding could stop sheriffs from leaving for higher paid jobs

Cattlemen urge B.C. to prevent erosion caused during 2017 wildfire season

Other concerns are fencing restoration and repair, and a lack of feed for cattle.

Patrick Brown’s Tory leadership bid fate looms

Brown’s bid to for Tory leadership to be decided on Wednesday

Duncan cousins found guilty of aggravated sexual assault

Assault so violent, victim required surgery

Most Read