Working on many fronts

by Robin 2. October 2009 07:58

*This post was originally published as an e-newsletter update.


Nova Scotia's Solar Communities

Nova Scotia Power is launching a solar thermal energy demonstration program that involves partnering with the municipalities of Kentville and Shelburne to install solar thermal systems on specific municipal buildings. These communities were chosen because of their high rates of solar radiation and the presence of a Nova Scotia Community College campus in their region. The goal is to give plumbing students at the college the skills and opportunities they need to become nationally certified installers of solar hot water systems.


Greenhouse Gas Emission and Air Pollutant Regulation Released

Last month, the provincial government released the Greenhouse Gas Emission and Air Pollutant regulation. This regulation governs Nova Scotia Power’s power plant emissions, setting caps that come into effect in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2020. You can see the full regulation at:


Renewable Energy Consultations Underway

A series of public consultations designed to fully evaluate Nova Scotia’s renewable energy future is underway and will continue through the fall. The sessions are being led by the provincial Department of Energy in partnership with a consulting team from Dalhousie University.

Those who attend the meetings will look at various renewable energy scenarios, considering the social, environmental, technological and economic aspects of each option. Participating stakeholders from government, industry, academia and the general public will review the costs and benefits of each energy scenario and investment model. The project's final outcome will be a report with a recommended scenario or scenarios and key decision-making indicators.

Find out more at


Investigating Biomass Potential

Nova Scotia Power recently issued a Request for Expressions of Interest as a way of creating a better understanding around the amount of biomass available in the province. Submissions from suppliers able to provide between 25,000 and 50,000 tonnes of biomass for use at the Point Aconi and Trenton generating stations were invited. There has been strong interest. Over the next few months, Nova Scotia Power will be discussing next steps with the suppliers who responded.

Nova Scotia Power has already conducted a number of test burns at the Point Aconi Generating Station, to determine the feasibility of co-firing biomass with coal in our thermal generating stations. To date, the results have been encouraging.

Nova Scotia Power is also commissioning a biomass market study to understand the impact on existing biomass users of increasing the quantity of biomass burned to produce electricity. The province currently has two significant biomass operators, one of which has been selling electricity to NS Power for some time.


Environment | Biomass | Solar | Government | GHGs

Nova Scotia Power Invests in Wind

by Robin 2. October 2009 05:57

*This post was originally published as an e-newsletter update.

In September, we applied to our regulator, the Utility and Review Board (UARB), to develop a wind farm at Nuttby Mountain, located 20 kilometres north of Truro in Colchester County. The proposed wind farm will have a maximum capacity of 50.6 megawatts and will produce enough energy to power approximately 15,000 homes. The project has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Nova Scotia by over 100,000 tonnes annually. The application filed with the UARB seeks approval to spend $120 million on the Nuttby project, which would include purchasing and erecting 22 turbines rated at 2.05 MW each and constructing a new substation and transmission interconnection. If it is approved, we anticipate that we will have this project in operation by late 2010. The average cost of power from Nuttby over the first 23 years of operation is in the range of $85.00 per MWh. This cost is expected to look increasingly attractive as fossil fuels escalate in price.

There are other significant wind developments under construction in Nova Scotia. RMS Energy is currently building a 51-megawatt farm on Dalhousie Mountain in Pictou County, and will sell the electricity to Nova Scotia Power. At Maryvale, north of Antigonish, an additional six megawatts of independently-produced wind power will be online by year’s end.

We are actively working to help other wind developers in the province who have signed contracts with us but have been unable to proceed as quickly as they’d like because of turmoil in the financial markets. We recently offered to buy a minority stake in these projects as a way of helping them move forward sooner. It’s too early to say if any of the developers will accept this offer.



Robin McAdam

A Cleaner Megawatt is Nova Scotia Power's company blog. Most posts are from Robin McAdam, Executive Vice President, Strategic Business & Customer Services, though other leaders within NS Power offer their own insight into issues relevant to Nova Scotians with additional posts on the blog.

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