February 3, 2016

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February 3, 2016

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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.

FB NSPower Shared ImageThis 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
Forestry Crews
  • Asplundh Tree Service
  • Lucas Tree Experts
  • GPF Contracting
  • Atlantic Arborists
The gallery below shows photos sent in from our crews over the weekend.

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Renewable to retail 101

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Last month, Nova Scotia Power went before the Utility and Review Board for a hearing on the opening of a new electricity market in Nova Scotia. Currently, 20 per cent of the power used by Nova Scotians comes from independent producers, which includes six utilities that own and operate their own systems and wind farm owners who contribute renewable generation to the grid. That figure will increase under the new Renewable to Retail market. It will allow Nova Scotians who want to use 100 per cent renewably generated electricity to buy it directly from licensed independent renewable energy producers.

The Electricity Reform Act (2013) requires Nova Scotia Power to design new and amended tariffs, procedures, and standards to facilitate the sale and purchase of renewable low-impact energy. Nova Scotia Power developed that suite of tariffs and procedures after consultations with stakeholders from June 2014 until August 2015. The hearing before the UARB gave stakeholders and the board a chance to discuss NSP’s application. The tariffs are necessary because licensed retailers who enter this new market will use Nova Scotia Power’s systems to enable delivery of their renewable energy.

Nova Scotia Power must provide a broad range of services to the licensed retailers, such as providing back-up and spill services when retailers aren’t providing enough energy to their customers or are over-producing. In accordance with provincial legislation, NS Power must also ensure mechanisms are in place to ensure customers who choose not to take up this new service do not incur additional costs to provide it. The Board will release its decision later this year.

supporting bell let's talk

LyneBrunOn January 27, Nova Scotia Power was proud to show our support for mental health initiatives in our community by participating in Bell Let’s Talk Day. Within our company through our Health and Wellness Team, we encourage employees to create dialogue and reduce stigma around mental illness. One specific Nova Scotia Power employee, Lyne Brun, has been recognized within her community and workplace for promoting mental health initiatives and education. “I love working at NS Power where we are working towards a culture that places a huge emphasis not only on safety but mental health” says Lyne. To learn more about Bell Let’s Talk visit letstalk.bell.ca.