The Nova Scotia Energy Department has approved a 0.5 MW in‐stream tidal project in the Great Bras d’Or Channel. Fundy Tidal will develop the energy project, to be located in Cape Breton, under the community feed‐in tariff program (COMFIT). The project is expected to power approximately 500 homes. Fundy Tidal was established in 2006 to take advantage of local interest in opportunities to generate renewable energy from the tidal currents of the Grand and Petit Passages of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. The main source of revenue for the company is the sale of tidal energy to the Nova Scotia utility grid.
Capital Power is nearing completion of Alberta's largest wind farm near Halkirk. The Edmonton‐based company is opening the site of the $357 million project to the public. All foundations for the turbine towers have been completed and reclamation of the wide access roads has begun. Presently 34 turbines have been assembled and it is expected that all 83 will be up by the end of October. Work on the project's power substation is expected to be energized by October 5, 2012. After that, groups of turbines will come online and feed power into Alberta’s grid. Capital Power purchased the design for the project as well as all approvals from Greengate Power in 2011. With 150 MW of capacity, the project will be capable of supplying 50,000 homes with electricity.
The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chief has received approval for a wind project which will be located in the Amherst area in Nova Scotia. The 6 MW project will be developed by the Mi’kmaq in partnership with Wind4Aall Communities and under the Community Feed‐In Tariff (COMFIT) Program. More than 25 community‐based groups have submitted over 100 proposals for the unique COMFIT initiative which allows groups to receive an established price per kilowatt hour for projects. COMFIT projects can include wind, biomass, in‐stream tidal and run‐of‐river hydroelectric developments. The Province of Nova Scotia has supported the Mi’kmaq renewal energy project development by providing $200,000 to create a Mi’kmaw Renewable Energy Strategy and $2 million for a Mi’kmaq Major Resource and Energy Fund.