Electricity 101: Our Substations
Have you ever wondered how electricity travels to your home? Or about what happens after electricity is made in our power plants? We asked Adam King, a substation supervisor for Western Nova Scotia, to tell us a little bit about the role substations play in delivering electricity to our communities.
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60% renewable energy and beyond
Learn from three Nova Scotians who are making a difference, and helping to build a cleaner, greener Nova Scotia.
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Keep your distance — staying safe near power lines at home
Every year in Nova Scotia, we see serious safety accidents caused by contact with overhead and underground power lines. Learn more about how to stay safe near electricity at home.
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What’s next for Nova Scotia’s clean energy transition?
Peter Gregg, our President and CEO, shares his perspective and our commitment to a clean energy future for our province.
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You Asked, We Answer: Electrical Safety for Kids
Our Grade 6 electrical safety program is all about arming students with the knowledge they need to stay safe around electrical equipment.
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You Asked, We Answer: Preventing Power Outages & Strengthening Our System
From tree trimming, to upgrades to our infrastructure, to new technology, there’s a lot that goes into keeping the lights on and strengthening our electrical system—for today, and the future.
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Your energy efficiency checklist: tips for working and studying from home
We've all been spending a lot more time at home this year. And whether you’re working remotely, or simply spending more time with family at home, it can mean an increase in your energy use. With our energy efficiency checklist, it’s easy to make small changes that can help lower your power bill.
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You Asked, We Answer: Electric Vehicles
With more EV incentives and options available, you’ve been asking us some important questions about driving electric—from cost, to environmental impact, to charging options.
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You Asked, We Answer: Smart Meters
Over the last year, we’ve been upgrading electricity meters across the province to smart meters. It’s the first step as we modernize our grid, and work towards a greener, smarter and more reliable energy future for Nova Scotians.
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Wind Energy on the Rise: An Interview With Amy Campbell
Amy, our Wind Portfolio Manager, reflects on Nova Scotia’s wind energy journey, and shares her perspective on what’s next in our renewable energy transition.
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You Asked, We Answer: Heat Pumps
From install, to maintenance and managing costs, we asked Keith Gillis of ARL Mechanical, to answer your heat pump questions.
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You Asked, We Answer: Underground Lines
When power outages happen, one of the top questions we hear from you is “why don’t you bury the power lines?” We're breaking down the answer.
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Storm Recap: Groundhog Day Storm 2021
A new year is well underway, and so is winter storm season. With the first major storm of 2021 behind us, we’re breaking down what happened—from the weather, to our crews’ response, to the number of outages.
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Performance Standards 101
Our customers expect and deserve reliable electricity service. That’s why we're held accountable to annual performance standards that measure how well we do to keep service reliable and respond to our customers in a timely manner.
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Twelve ways to stay safe this holiday season
As you’re decking the halls, and hanging your twinkle lights, remember to keep safety at the top of your list. With these electrical safety tips, you’ll be sure to have a stress-free holiday that’s merry and bright.
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Improving reliability through new technology
We know that when power outages happen, they can be frustrating and disruptive—you often ask us what we’re doing to prevent outages from happening. We asked Lia MacDonald, VP of Transmission and Distribution, Mike Hickey, Reliability Initiatives Lead, and Jonathan MacIntosh, Senior Manager of Asset Reliability and Risk Management, to share their thoughts on how we’re strengthening our electrical system through new technology, innovation, and proactive planning.
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Working together for an affordable, cleaner energy future
When we picture our region’s energy future, renewable energy is at the centre of it. Nova Scotians want clean, affordable electricity. It’s a transition that’s meant making some big changes in how we do business, shifting how we make and deliver electricity—all while keeping rates affordable for customers.
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How equal billing can help you manage your budget
Heating season doesn’t have to mean higher bills. Equal billing is our no surprises approach to your power bill. It offers predictability and peace of mind through a consistent monthly bill.
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How batteries are powering our renewable energy transition
We spoke with Smart Grid Engineer, Rob Boone, about how batteries are changing the energy industry, and playing a role in Nova Scotia’s clean energy transition.
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Smart Technology and the Future of Energy
We’re investing in smart technology to modernize Nova Scotia’s electricity grid. The first step in this transformation is happening right now as approximately 500,000 meters across the province are being upgraded to smart meters.
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Outage Restoration 101
When a storm happens, our crews do everything they can to repair damage and get the lights back on for customers. If you’ve ever wondered why you sometimes need to wait for your power to be restored, here are a few things to keep in mind about our restoration process.
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Are you cyber smart? How to spot an online scam
We’ve shared a few reminders below so you can make cyber smart decisions and protect yourself, your families and your businesses from cyber threats.
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Everybody went home safely: One-year without a lost-time incident
Last month, our teams across the business collectively achieved one year without a lost-time incident. That means no employee took time off due to a workplace accident or injury from September 2019 to September 2020.
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Preparing for storm season: your power outage checklist
We’re ready for this storm season, and with these tips, you can stay prepared, too.
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Hurricane Dorian: One Year Later
To mark the one-year anniversary, we asked members of our team to reflect and share their most memorable Dorian moments.
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The future of transportation: how electric vehicles help build greener communities and a smarter grid
We spoke with Sanjeev Pushkarna, Program Manager for Smart Grid Nova Scotia, about the shift to electric transportation, and how smart technology like electric vehicle chargers can help us evolve our grid and grow our use of clean energy.
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Preparing for Tomorrow, Today
Nova Scotia has the potential to be one of the cleanest, lowest-carbon, most resilient and future-ready regions. We're growing clean energy through innovation.
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Preparing for storm season: what to pack in your emergency kit
To make sure you’re ready for storm season, we’re sharing our guide to packing an emergency kit.
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NS Power Makerspace spurs COVID creativity
Learn about how Cape Breton entrepreneurs, crafters and artisans are responding to COVID-19 with new ideas.
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A conversation about Pride 2020
Five employees from our Diversity and Inclusion Network share their perspectives on Pride in 2020, and how we can stand up for equality in our workplaces and communities.
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Investing in our Future
How a smarter grid, renewable energy and battery storage will change the way we power Nova Scotia.
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POWERING OUR COMMUNITIES: A Day in the Life of a Power Line Technician
On National Line Worker Appreciation Day, we introduce you to a few of the members of our dedicated team.
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Staying safe during electrical storms
It’s no coincidence that Lightning Safety Week falls during the start of thunderstorm season in Nova Scotia. Protect yourself during electrical storms with these simple tips.
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HEAT Fund provides welcome relief from pandemic pressure
With the COVID-19 pandemic putting additional strain on life and finances, Linda was relieved to be able to turn to the HEAT Fund for support.
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Two million hours and counting: NS Power reaches safety milestone
In April this year, we collectively reached over two million hours without a lost-time incident. This amounts to over seven months where no employee took time off due to a workplace accident or injury. To better understand how our team reached this safety milestone, we spoke with Mark Sidebottom, Chief Operating Officer, NS Power.
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You Asked, We Answer: Your Top COVID-19 Questions
It’s important to us that you’re supported in this difficult time, and we want to make sure that we’re providing all the answers you need.
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How to submit a photo of your residential meter
In order to keep our teams and our customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we've had to make some changes in how we do business. That means, to ensure we're practicing physical distancing, we've had to suspend some non-essential services like meter reading.
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Keeping our employees safe at work
Whether we’re working on high voltage power lines, maintaining equipment at our power plants or responding to storms, the safety and health of our 1,700-strong team is always our top priority.
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March 15, 2020: Covid-19 update
We're committed to providing our customers with safe, reliable and affordable electricity, every day.
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You Asked, We Answer: Tree Trimming
From day-to-day operations to storm clean-up, we asked Trevor Beaton, our Forestry Manager, to share his answers to your most-asked tree trimming questions.
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Powering our Communities: Tia Crouse’s Story
As a Chemical Lab Technician at our Tufts Cove Generating Station, Tia works to make power for Nova Scotians. It’s Tia’s job to test boiler water chemistry and run the water treatment plant—making sure the turbines and boilers run safely so that Nova Scotians have electricity when they need it, everyday.
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The HEAT Fund: helping those most in need during the coldest months of the year
What started as a very modest few thousand dollars donated by NS Power and its employees back in the late 1990s, has grown to a more than $1 million annual fund that helps those most in need in our province with emergency home heating assistance; whatever their heating source may be.
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Save money and energy this winter
When it comes to saving energy in the winter, there’s a lot of great information online about home upgrades and smart appliances—these are great changes, but they can also be expensive. We wanted to share simple, affordable tips that can help you make an impact and lower your energy use—and your power bill.
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Bell Let's Talk: Mental health in the workplace
Lyne Brun, our Health & Wellness Supervisor, is a strong advocate for mental health awareness both at home and at work. As a strong community partner for mental health awareness, we are proud to have Lyne on our team. For Bell Let’s Talk Day, we asked her to write a few words about her work in mental health.
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You Asked, We Answer: Storms and Outages
Winter storms can be stressful—especially when they cause power outages. You ask us a lot of great questions during storms, and we want to make sure we’re providing answers.
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Keep your home merry and bright—and save energy
The last thing you want to worry about over the holidays is your power bill. But with a little planning, it’s easy to save energy—so you can enjoy the festivities, without fearing the added cost.
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Heading towards 60% clean energy!
Nova Scotians want clean, affordable energy. Delivering on that is our mission and commitment at Nova Scotia Power. We’ve tripled our renewable energy over the past decade—we’re a Canadian leader in carbon reduction, we’re a North American leader in wind energy, and our future is even cleaner and greener.
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Celebrating Pride & Building an Inclusive Workplace
This summer, communities across Nova Scotia are taking part in Pride week festivities. It’s an opportunity to show support for the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and to raise awareness of the progress that has been made and the work that still needs to be done to ensure equal rights and representation for people of all sexual and gender identities.
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An international Woman's Day Q&A
Our workplaces are stronger when we have balanced teams. And in honour of this year’s International Women’s Day, we invited four women from across Nova Scotia Power to join us in a conversation about exactly that. From supporting inclusion and diversity, to the lessons they’ve learned throughout their careers, they shared their wisdom and perspectives.
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Warming hearts and homes
NS Power President and CEO, Karen Hutt, visited Deborah Stewart’s cozy home in Louisbourg, Cape Breton, last month.
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