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You Asked, We Answer: Extreme weather and our power grid

Reliability Engineer, Julius Mantolino explains what’s happening with our weather, how it’s impacting our grid and what we're doing to storm-harden it.

You Asked, We Answer: Why don’t you run more powerlines underground?

When power outages happen, one of the top questions we hear from you most is “why don’t you bury the powerlines?” We're breaking down the answer further.

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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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Cleaning up after Fiona

Hurricane Fiona was historic, and our storm response effort was too. More than three weeks after hurricane-force winds swept across the province, the cleanup continues.

Clean Energy Update: Battery Storage & Beyond

We checked in with Mark Sidebottom, our newly appointed Chief Clean Energy Officer, for an update on what’s next for our clean energy transition and what it all means for customers.

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You Asked, We Answer: Electric Vehicles

With more EVs on the road, you’ve been asking us some important questions about driving electric—from affordability and charging options, to battery longevity and environmental impact.

At the ready during hurricane season

As you may have heard, this hurricane season might be stormy! To help you stay prepared, here's a breakdown of what you should expect this season.

How EV batteries can change the ways we power our lives, homes and businesses

We chatted with Jeff Dahn, Dalhousie Professor and NSERC/Tesla Canada Industrial Research Chair, about how EV batteries can help us shape our energy future and bring benefits for all Nova Scotians.

What to know before buying an electric car

Are you thinking about going electric for your next vehicle purchase? Curious if it’s an affordable option? We asked our friends at Next Ride Nova Scotia to answer your questions and break down the top things you need to know about EVs.

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Celebrating Pride & Building an Inclusive Workplace

Communities across Nova Scotia take part in Pride week festivities. It’s an opportunity to show support for the 2SLGBTQAI+ 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.

In the Spotlight: Women in linework

National Lineworker Day is an opportunity to celebrate some of our dedicated women in linework, who work day and night, and through every type of weather to keep you connected.

What does 'net-zero emissions' mean and how will we get there?

Cutting carbon includes making big changes in how we generate electricity. We asked Mark Sidebottom, our Chief Operating Officer, and lead of our decarbonization strategy, to explain the road ahead for our region.

Joy and Justice: Recognizing Pride and National Indigenous History Month

Nik Phillips, a two-spirited Mi'kmaw knowledge keeper of Millbrook First Nation, chatted with us about identity, acceptance and building safer communities.

Creating smarter homes and greener communities, together

By integrating new technologies, we’re able to better manage increased demand for clean electricity, while offering you more choice and control.

You Asked, We Answer: EVs and bidirectional charging

A new emerging technology, bidirectional charging can benefit not only EV drivers but the electrical grid and all customers. In this You Asked, We Answer blog we take a closer look at answering your top FAQs about this exciting technology.

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Emergency preparedness: What to pack in your emergency kit

To make sure you’re prepared for emergencies like a power outage or a storm, we’re sharing our guide to packing an emergency kit.

A smarter, cleaner energy future

Mark Sidebottom, our Chief Operating Officer spoke about the benefits of the Smart Grid of the future, and our path to 80% renewable energy, at the 2022 Smart Energy Event.

Building diverse and inclusive workplaces: our partnership with the Diversity Employment Network

We’re focused on growing our diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion and belonging. It’s why we believe it’s important to not only make changes within our company—but to also support organizations like the Diversity Employment Network (DEN): a two-year pilot project focused on addressing the underrepresentation of African Nova Scotians in the province's workplaces.

You Asked, We Answer: Winter storm season

Looking back on the last two months, we wanted to recognize how challenging storms can be, specifically power outages caused by the last seven back-to-back storms.

Powering equality: Women in energy

This International Women’s Day, we spoke with four women from across our business about some of the challenges, barriers and opportunities for women in energy. As we work to tackle climate solutions, transition to cleaner sources of energy and transform our electrical system, we need diverse perspectives in our boardrooms, our plants and in the field.

Supporting mental health 365 days a year

We often hear stats of how one in five Canadians is living with mental illness, but in reality, five out of five of us have varying degrees of mental health. Lyne, our Health & Wellness Specialist, explains how life events can impact our mental health, which is part of our multi-faceted health and needs to be taken care of year-round.

The path to 2030

Collaboration is at the heart of our path forward. It’s a clean energy future that will take all of us working together to achieve it.

Staying warm this winter: Seven ways to save money and energy

The colder months don't have to get you down. With these energy efficiency tips, we’ve got you covered so you can keep your home toasty and energy bill low.

Tufts Cove: Over five decades of power generation

You may know about its rich history and photogenic chimneys, but have you ever wondered what goes on inside the iconic Tufts Cove facility? Plant Manager, Lynne Drover took us on a tour and told us all about its ins and outs of making electricity.

You Asked, We Answer: Supplying power during a zombie apocalypse

A while back, a customer asked us: If zombies took over earth how long could you keep supplying power to survivors? Would wind mills just keep turning? Find out how we think we would hold up and continue delivering power to our customers if (when?) that happens.

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Home heating 101: the benefits of going electric

More homeowners are making the switch from traditional heating to cleaner, efficient and convenient electric options. Technologies such as heat pumps and ETS not only lower emissions but enable cost savings. Darren MacKenzie of MacKenzie Electrical Services breaks down the benefits for us.

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Clean energy trends that are shaping our electrical system

Nova Scotia has the potential to have a thriving green economy powered by cleaner energy. It’s an exciting vision that will take innovative thinking and collaboration with neighbouring utilities and governments to get us there. We asked David Landrigan, our VP, Commercial, about our clean energy future and how collaboration plays an important role.

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You Asked, We Answer: Is it possible to reach 100% clean energy?

Our COO, Mark Sidebottom, answers whether it's possible to reach 100 per cent clean energy. He breaks down the challenges and opportunities, the collaboration and technology used to harness the energy, and the charted path to cleaner energy.

Bidirectional charging: A first in Atlantic Canada

We’re exploring bidirectional charging as part of our Smart Grid Nova Scotia pilot. This new technology can potentially enable EV owners to make an even bigger impact—for the environment and our electrical grid.

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You Asked, We Answer: What causes power outages and how are you preventing them?

We do everything we can to prevent power outages. But Nova Scotia’s position on the edge of the North Atlantic Ocean can bring challenges, and power outages do still happen. From severe weather and salt contamination to non-weather-related outages and planned ones, we break it down for you!

The Future is Bright: NS Power’s First Community Solar Garden

The solar garden is one of four components of the Smart Grid Nova Scotia project – a four-year-Innovation Pilot Project (2020-2023) that is testing clean energy technologies and their benefits to customers and the electricity grid.

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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: 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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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.

Battery storage: Powering our renewable energy transition

Battery storage is essential for our green energy future. Smart Grid Engineer, Rob Boone, tells us 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.