*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: http://www.gov.ns.ca/just/regulations/regs/envgreenhouse.htm
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 http://eco-efficiency.management.dal.ca/Events/Special_Events/index.php
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.