Power outages at any time are a disruption to families and
businesses. We know customers expect us to keep the power on, and we
haven’t always met those expectations. It’s why we’re working hard to
continue improving reliability. We’ve allocated $20 million annually
from 2010 to 2014 for trimming or removing trees that are too close to power lines, upgrading equipment, and other
measures that improve the reliability of the electrical system across
These investments are in addition to the $60 million
Nova Scotia Power traditionally invests in maintenance, upgrades and
system improvements each year. We’re upgrading equipment and using
technologies like new telecommunications, tele-control, and mapping
systems to help us respond quickly to outages when they do occur, and
ensure long term reliability.
Nova Scotia sticks out into the
Atlantic Ocean, meaning we’re often exposed to harsher weather
conditions than most Canadian jurisdictions. In recent years we’ve seen
bigger storms, more often, that have caused power outages. That’s why
it’s even more important that we take a proactive approach towards
system maintenance and improving reliability.
positive results from our reliability investments, but we know we have a
lot left to do. That’s why we’re working with municipal representatives
from across Nova Scotia to set priorities for reliability upgrades
through Regional Committees.
The local level insight will assist us in improving electrical system
reliability and providing better service to Nova Scotians.