March 9, 2016

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March 9, 2016

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Rate stability plan

Our customers have told us they want stable and predictable power rates. Last fall, we committed to bringing forward a plan to achieve this. This week, we are proud to deliver on that commitment.

On Monday, March 7, we announced that we will not file a General Rate Application for 2017, 2018 or 2019. We are only seeking fuel cost adjustments at less than the projected rate of inflation through to the end of 2019. By law, fuel costs are a direct flow-through to customers, meaning we do not make any profit from the cost of fuel.

The rate stability plan will provide customers with a three year outlook on power rates. Residential customers will see an increase of 1.4% per year, which translates to $2 per month on average. Small business customers will see increases of 1.6% per year through to 2019.

For more information and a breakdown of the rate changes for all customers groups, go to nspower.ca/ratestability.


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International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

At Nova Scotia Power, we are honoured to work with many extraordinary women who are not only pushing boundaries and creating innovation, but who are role models and active members of their communities.

From the importance of gender diversity in the workplace, to mothers and fathers hoping for a better future for their daughters, throughout this week we will be sharing employee testimonials about International Women’s Day on our social media. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear what our colleagues have to say about gender equality

For more information on International Women’s Day visit www.un.org/en/events/womensday

NS Power Employee Talks Energy at Munroe Academy

 Jeffrey Everett didn’t hesitate when asked by organizers of a national sustainable energy awareness program to stand in front of a classroom at Munroe Academy and field students’ questions.

“It was an exciting opportunity to tell keen young students about the Point Aconi Generating Station and how environmentally progressive it is,” said Jeffrey, Operations Superintendent at Nova Scotia Power’s youngest and most environmentally progressive coal-fired generation plant.

So two weeks ago, he stood in front of about two dozen students from Grades 1 to 12 at the school in Balls Creek, just outside Sydney. They sat attentively in blue plastic chairs as Jeffrey talked about electric cars, wind farms and other renewable energy initiatives.

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“They were a great bunch of kids,” Jeffrey said. “They were very technically aware and had really good questions.”

As Jeffrey explained the role that Point Aconi will continue to play as a stable generator of electricity at a time when NS Power is integrating more renewables to the grid, the kids spoke up with questions that ranged from the height of wind turbines to the size of our biomass plant and the difference between direct and alternating current.

The speaking event was one of 22 that took place across Canada during Let’s Talk Energy Week, an initiative of Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation.

The school itself has taken steps to integrate renewable energy with an outdoor wood pellet boiler for hot water and solar panels attached to the vertical walls and roof of the school.

“The students were definitely advanced for their age,” Jeffrey said. “These kids are very high achievers.” And he said it’s rewarding to be part of an initiative to get students involved in the conversation about our nation’s energy future.


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March break safety and energy savings 101

If you are traveling over March Break, make safety your top priority. When flying, check travel advisories and warnings and make sure everyone’s shots are up to date. Do your research to know what’s allowed on the plane and remember your passport, health card, travel insurance, and any other essentials.

While driving, put away electronic devices and check that your emergency kit is fully stocked. Drive sober and well rested so your driving abilities aren’t impaired. If possible, alternate with another driver.

To conserve energy while away from your home, remember to unplug any electronics such as TVs and printers, as well as small appliances like toasters and coffee makers. Make sure to turn down your thermostat before you leave, and turn off any unnecessary lighting.

Have a safe and happy march break!

Luck of the Irish

Barb Hynes, an Administrative Assistant in Sydney, thinks the organizers of the annual St. Paddy’s Bash in Cape Breton must have the luck of the Irish.

Not once in its ten year history has the event been postponed due to bad weather – when many of the volunteers and performers would have to head in to work. That’s because all of the organizers, volunteers and performers responsible for the success of the St. Paddy’s Bash are current or former Nova Scotia Power employees.

Barb is hoping that luck sticks for the eleventh year of this immensely popular event.

The Bash has raised more than $140,000 over the last 11 years with proceeds split between Cape Breton’s Atlantic Burn Camp for children and Almost Home, a Sydney-based facility that provides shelter and support for women in transition.

Barb has been involved from the beginning. It’s a lot of work and three back-to-back winter storms put organizers a little behind this year. But seeing the gratitude in the eyes of the recipients when she hands over the cheque is all Barb needs to spur her on to organize the following year’s event.

Last year, volunteers were preparing a meal for more than 100 people who had run out of grocery money when Barb dropped by. The shelter’s director wept when she handed her the cheque.

“I think, ‘Do I have another one in me?’ then I go and see that and I know I’ll be doing it again the next year,” she said.

Last year, along with a corporate donation, the Bash raised $10,000 each for the burn camp and the shelter.

The event is March 18 at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the centre’s box office or by calling 902-539-2300. For more information check out the poster below.

Paddys Day Poster 2016