AUGUSTA — Maine and Nova Scotia have signed an agreement to work together on generating electricity from the ocean.

Maine Gov. John Baldacci on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter to share data on offshore wind and tidal power.

The two leaders said they want to investigate areas they can work together to expand use of offshore wind and tidal energy technology and to team up on research and development.

The American Wind Energy Association lauded the agreement, saying this type of partnership will help the North American offshore wind energy industry realize its many environmental, economic and job creation benefits.

The memorandum of understanding was signed during a meeting of New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers in Massachusetts.