New transmission line to enhance power service along Onslow to Springhill corridor

HALIFAXNS – Nova Scotia Power is installing a new transmission line between Onslow and Springhill that will support the addition of more clean, renewable energy for our customers, and increase the reliability of electricity supply along this key corridor.

“We are strategically investing in the power system, in addition to regular equipment maintenance and tree trimming across the province, to improve service reliability for our customers,” said Paul Casey, Vice President Transmission, Distribution and Delivery. “This new line will enhance connections with our utility partner in New Brunswick and reduce the risk of unplanned outages for customers from Onslow to Springhill.”

Work to clear the right-of-way along the 65 kilometre stretch is completed, and crews are beginning the process of setting 674 poles to form 320 new pole structures required to complete the transmission line. It’s expected that the pole and line installation will continue until May 2018.

The public is reminded to safely navigate around crews while work is underway, and to always maintain a safe distance from power poles and lines.

The new transmission line will reinforce Nova Scotia Power’s transmission connections with New Brunswick, and facilitate future opportunities for new renewable generation sources including, but not limited to, hydro-electricity imported via the Maritime Link.

This project represents an approximate $20-million dollar investment in Colchester and Cumberland counties as Nova Scotia Power builds toward a more sustainable energy future for Nova Scotia. The company is on track to achieve its requirement of generating electricity from 40 per cent renewable energy sources in 2020.