I believe our location and proximity to the oceans provides Shelburne County with an enormous energy self-sufficiency advantage over in-land locations.
This should not be surprising..... In most societies, location is a major determinant of energy options. In the past, traditional sources of energy such as fossil fuels provided the most advantage to societies that either had the fossil fuel nearby and/or societies close to suitable harbours for importing energy. Proximity to hydro sources provided an alternative traditional source of energy.
In the 50s, 60s and 70s, the economics of nuclear power plants drove developers to focus on facilities that could serve relatively large markets that were close by. They were more successful in some locations than others.... The proposed size of nuclear facilities and NIMBY tensions were and continue to be the primary deterents to nuclear power development.
The relatively recent push to develop sustainable energy sources has seen the re-development of hydro sources of energy .... as well as increasng efforts to develop wind, tidal, wave and biogas sources of energy.
For more information about ocean locations and energy development from the ocean.... take a look at: http://www.oceanenergycouncil.com/index.php/Tidal-Energy/What-is-Ocean-Energy.html . I think the Ocean Energy Council's review of the costs of ocean-based energy development options and their comparison of costs for land-based energy alternatives is a compelling argument for ocean-based energy options.
While the bay of fundy may have tidal power potential..... my review indicates that in Shelburne County, wave power may be the answer.. and ..... the prospects for more immediate results are better. (There may also be some potential for biogas and better management of hydro power potential in Shelburne County.)
Moreover, given our location and present ship and boat building/repair facilities and expertise, the prospect for manufacturing jobs associated with the construction of wave machines and windmills throughout the County looks promising too.
Did you know that the present cost to NSPI of producing and transmitting power to Shelburne County is amongst the highest in the Province?
Folks, did you know that the production costs per kwh of existing wave machines appear to already be competitive.....?
AND .... did you realize that the shape of Shelburne County and the location of its populations along the coast would appear to provide numerous options in Shelburne for the future deployment of wave machines near-shore in Shelburne County.
And so dear reader..... location appears to favour us again.... providing Shelburne County with what appears to be a perfect location for near-shore wave and wind energy systems... as well as the perfect location for manufacturing the energy sytems of the future for shipment to other markets around the world!
A PERFECT COMPLEMENT .... to our marine industry base!
Gee folks.... looks like our glass isn't half full.... our cup verily runneth over .... already......!!