Imported Electricity

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Imported Electricity

Throughout each year, we may import electricity from neighbouring jurisdictions through New Brunswick. Imported power is generally purchased when it’s cheaper than generating our own, and can originate from a variety of generation sources, including some not available in Nova Scotia. The connection can carry as much as 350 MW of electricity, but on most days is limited to an import capacity of only 100 MW, and sometimes cannot carry any power into our province. Typically, imports account for less than 5% of the electricity used in Nova Scotia in a year.

Part of the plan to develop the hydro resource in the Lower Churchill River includes building a 500 MW transmission line from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia, which will enable us to import more electricity in the future.