Nova Scotia Power announces record level of wind generation

HALIFAX, NS – Nova Scotia has achieved a new record for wind power – 50 per cent of electricity in the province was generated from wind between 3 and 4 a.m. on June 24.

“This is a significant milestone for Nova Scotia Power and Nova Scotians as we work to dramatically shift the way we generate power by transitioning to more renewable energy,” said Mark Sidebottom, Vice President of Power Generation and Delivery.

The record level of wind production is credited to the South Canoe Wind Farm coming on line. It is the province’s largest wind farm, with 34 turbines over 3,000 hectares of land that generate enough electricity to power 32,000 homes. The last of those turbines was commissioned June 11.

The new record for wind generation occurred on a windy night when the overall demand for electricity was about half of what Nova Scotians use during the daytime.

Nova Scotia Power will achieve 25 per cent renewable generation this year and 40 per cent by 2020, aided by the Maritime Link, which will bring hydroelectricity from Muskrat Falls in Labrador.

“We’re building a cleaner, more sustainable future for Nova Scotia,” Sidebottom said. “We’re focused on doing so in a way that keeps electricity prices affordable for Nova Scotian families and businesses.”

In 2007, just one per cent of the total electricity used by Nova Scotians was generated by wind. That figure is expected to hit 18 per cent in 2020. There are now 274 wind turbines across the province. Most are owned by independent power producers.