Creating a cleaner and greener future
The numbers are in. In 2015, 26.6% of electricity used by Nova Scotians came from renewable energy sources. This achievement means Nova Scotia Power has exceeded the government’s legislative requirement of using 25% renewable energy.
In 2007, only 9% of Nova Scotia’s electricity came from renewable sources. Thanks to the efforts of our employees we have nearly tripled that amount, becoming the only Canadian utility to make this kind of rapid transition.
“Over the years, I have seen many changes. I am particularly proud to speak about the work our company and all of our employees have done to transition to more renewable sources of energy,” said Mark Sidebottom Vice President of Power Generation and Delivery.
This achievement also puts Nova Scotia Power closer to its next goal of having 40% of generation from renewables by 2020 and a 25% reduction in Green House Gas Emissions, the most ambitious reduction target in North America.
At the same time Nova Scotia Power is achieving new records in renewable electricity, the company is also stabilizing power rates. For most customers, rates did not increase in 2015, and have gone down in 2016. Learn more about our Rate Stability Plan.
all hands on deck for #nsstorm
It may be good for snowmen, but not power lines. Last Friday, Nova Scotia was hit with an Atlantic Canadian winter storm. It was a storm that saw temperatures stay around zero degrees which meant wet, heavy snow on trees and ice build-up on lines. The Eastern part of the province saw the worst of the damage, but NSP crews and contract crews worked around the clock to restore power to all customers by Tuesday evening.
“Our crews and the contract crews who joined us did an amazing job, they worked in terrible weather during the storm.” said Paul Casey, NS Power Storm Lead and Senior Director of Transmission & Distribution. “They fought through deep snow to access remote lines through woodland areas. They worked long hours, night and day, away from their families.”
Nova Scotia Power would like to publicly acknowledge and thank the contract crews who assisted in the restoration work, including: Power Line Technicians
- Emera Utility Services
- Holland Power Services
- K-Line Construction
- Gagnon Construction
- Tri-Wire Line Construction
- New Brunswick Power
- Asplundh Tree Service
- Lucas Tree Experts
- GPF Contracting
- Atlantic Arborists
The gallery below shows photos sent in from our crews over the weekend.