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Dragon-boaters roar to victory

 Dragon Boat - Photo Credit Bob MacEachern

On July 25, 21 current and former NS Power employees and family members from Trenton took to the waters of East River, New Glasgow, in a dragon boat to raise money for charity.
One of 11 teams participating in the 14th Race on the River’s Corporate Division, it was the first time NS Power entered the competition. Racing as the ‘NSP Power Paddlers’, the team scored second place in the first two races. This qualified them for the final, where they won first place and the Sobeys Cup with a time of 1:07:69, beating the competition by a fraction of a second!

The team members were champs even before getting into the boat, as they raised approximately $1,800, along with matching funds from the Good Neighbour Program. Through the program, Emera, our parent company, reinvests dollars back into our communities by matching the volunteerism and fundraising efforts of current and retired employees in Atlantic Canada.

The money raised will be distributed amongst three local charities: Women Alike Breast Cancer Survivor Society, the Pictou County Prostate Cancer Support Association and the Special Olympics – North Nova Scotia Region

“All of us involved thoroughly enjoyed the day’s competition and the comradery amongst all the teams,” said Dion Antle, Maintenance Superintendent at Trenton. “We were also very pleased to help raise some money for these organizations that do such tremendous work in our community. We are now looking forward to participating in the 2016 Race on the River!”

ICYMI: Sharing the warmth of home

We are investing $37 million over 10 years – at no cost to customers – to fund energy efficiency upgrades for electrically heated homes owned by low-income Nova Scotians. Learn more about our partnership with the Clean Foundation and Efficiency Nova Scotia in the Halifax Citizen.

Birthdays on Black River

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Tim Curry heard the stories growing up in the Annapolis Valley of workers carrying guns cut out of wood and patrolling the river as the Black River hydro system was being developed.
"Canada was at war and the thinking at the time was that if an enemy aircraft flew overhead, it would look like armed men were protecting the system," says Tim, superintendent of the Eastern Valley Hydro System.
The Black River hydro system is celebrating a few birthdays this year. Stivers Falls in White Rock, which marked the beginning of hydroelectric generation in the Wolfville area, turns 95, while Hell’s Gate No. 1 generating plant is 85 and Hollow Bridge turns 75.
The Black River system is the third largest of NSP’s 16 hydroelectric systems, producing enough to power 10,000 homes.
Meeting environmental regulations and protecting fish is a key part of Tim’s job.
He has to balance water levels to encourage migration of gaspereau, salmon and smelt and to minimize the effect of power generation on several hundred cottage owners and their enjoyment of reservoirs in the area.
“This is the most difficult of our hydro systems to operate because of the fish, the environmental concerns and the needs of cottage owners but that also makes this the most interesting system to operate because there is so much going on,” Tim says.

Our hydrogenerating stations on the Avon system through to Lequille near Annapolis Royal used to be remotely controlled from Hell’s Gate, commissioned in 1930. Black rotary phones, control panels with chunky black and white buttons and a television with rabbit ears filled the control centre until it was moved to Ragged Lake in 1994

ICYMI: Painters Brave great heights

It's a job not for the faint of heart - ever wonder what is is like to scale and paint a transmission tower? CTV Atlantic News was able to get all the views without the climbing in their video segment on the recent paint job some of our transmission towers received.

The 'line' to success


A very successful week-long Scout Jamboree was recently held at Camp Nedooae and was testament to the strength of Scouting in Nova Scotia; over 900 participants and close to 300 additional volunteers still wear the uniform proudly.

“The help of many volunteers in our communities and contributions from businesses is what made it all happen, and Nova Scotia Power was a proud leader in this regard,” says Rob Young, Forestry Manager, who has been Chair of the camp property committee for over 15 years.
For over a year, Rob has been working with many from the company whose expertise was needed to get a power line built to service new camping areas over a kilometre away.
The line was constructed by NSCC Springhill Campus students studying the line trade under the guidance of retired NS Power employee Steve Rand who, in addition to overseeing the power line, spent the week volunteering at the Jamboree.
“Many people from the company were involved at every stage and I would like to publicly thank them all for their contribution. Phil Stevens, Scott Cherry, Trevor Brown, Mike Stevens, Dan MacDonald, Tom Bellefontaine, Andrew Pottier, Gary Delaney, Kyla Boutlier, and the Upper Musquodoboit line crew all made it come together,” says a very grateful Rob.