December 9, 2015

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December 9, 2015

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NS Power employees help brighten aberdeen hospital

At the time, Rick Blennerhasset saw it as an appropriate way during the season of giving for employees to show the staff of Aberdeen Hospital how much they are appreciated. Little did Rick know that 26 years later, power line technicians would still be donating their time to cut down a Christmas tree, haul it to East River Road, then set it up and decorate it in front of the hospital.

“I didn’t ever think something like this would persist. It was just our way of thanking the people of Pictou County for the fact we have this hospital here,” says the retired regional manager. “But our employees all live here, some get injured over the year, some of them have had children here, so it’s our way of thanking the hospital,” Rick says.

“It means an awful lot to those who are in hospital to look out the window and see this tremendous Christmas tree,” says current regional manager Ross MacArthur. “We never have any trouble finding employees to help decorate it. It’s a wonderful experience for them.” 

Read the full article in The New Glasgow News..  

The dartmouth cloud machines

Tufts Cove Final

This past Halloween, three young men from Dartmouth dressed up as the iconic red and white stacks from the Tufts Cove plant, or the Dartmouth Cloud Machine as they called it. Their photo was shared almost 500 times on Facebook. We jumped at the opportunity to reach out to them via Twitter and Facebook to invite them on a tour of the real Dartmouth Cloud Machine. On November 25, Paul, Conor, and David, (AKA stacks one, two, and three) were given VIP service by Terry Lyghtle and the Tufts Cove staff. Terry’s vast knowledge of the plant and the staff’s impeccable planning made the tour a home run. The three were very grateful to learn about Tufts Cove and have shared they are considering windmills for next year’s costume. We approve.


nuttby turns five, prevents 42,000 tonnes of Greenhouse gas emissionswind farm

The Nuttby Mountain wind farm – Nova Scotia Power’s first big foray into wind generation – is celebrating its fifth birthday.

Since the last of Nuttby’s 22 turbines came online on November 23, 2010, the wind farm has produced enough electricity to power 15,000 each year, and over that period reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 42,000 tonnes by replacing coal generation.

“Nuttby Mountain Wind Farm has been integral to changing the way we make electricity in Nova Scotia,” says Sean Brennan, manager of hydro and wind plants at Nova Scotia Power. Back in 2010, only 3 per cent of electricity in the province came from wind. That figure has grown to 13 per cent and is expected to hit 18 per cent in 2020.

At 50.6 megawatts, the Nuttby Mountain wind farm was the largest in the province when it was commissioned. It's one of 63 wind production sites across the province that together have 287 wind turbines. Three-quarters of them are owned by independent power producers who have contracts to sell their electricity to Nova Scotia Power.

Read the full article in the Truro Daily News.

Curling for cancer raises $45,000

Curl for CancerIn October, over 80 participants gathered at the MayFlower Curling Club in support of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Curl for Cancer event. The Canadian Cancer Society is the largest not for profit supporter of cancer research in Canada. This year’s team featured 30 participants from Emera Energy and 12 participants from NS Power, who won five of six games.

NS Power and Emera has been participating in this event since 2007. To date, they’ve raised over $200,000 with the only cost being ice rental and a big bowl of chili. In this year alone, they were able to raise $45,000. “It’s a fun event, where no curling experience was required, and not much skill exhibited,” said David Landrigan, General Manager, Regulatory and Legal Services.

'Tis the season for holiday safety

'Tis the season for lights, decorations, and lots of traffic. Check all lighting before you trim the tree or house, any lights with cracks or fraying in the wires should be disposed of and replaced. Decorations should be pet and child safe. When travelling, give plenty of extra time and remain patient, many others are also on the road travelling for shopping or events with friends and family, patience will help everyone arrive safe and calm, ready to enjoy the festivities.