Halifax Upgrades

Halifax Upgrades

In early 2020, crews will begin work to upgrade the electricity system that services the area southeast of Quinpool Road. This includes Preston, York, Jubilee, Cedar, Vernon, Shirley, Oxford, Larch, Coburg, South, LeMarchant, Edward, University, and College streets, along with parts of Dalhousie, and adjacent side streets.  

This work will help strengthen service reliability and reduce power outages, and is part of our annual $100 million investment in maintaining and upgrading the poles, wires, transformers, and other pieces of equipment that deliver electricity to our customers across Nova Scotia. 


Why are we upgrading?

We continue to see the after-effects of Hurricane Dorian in communities that were hit hard across Nova Scotia, with subsequent outages caused by trees and electrical equipment that were weakened by the hurricane.


The system delivering power to this area will be replaced with a modern 25 kV system.


Timeline and Planned Outages

Work will begin first on Chestnut, Watt, Jennings and Larch streets. This initial work will take about one month to complete and may require planned power outages in order to safely move service to the new equipment. Impacted customers will be contacted in advance of any planned outages.

Subsequent work on surrounding streets will take longer, as these streets include buildings which will require more complex work, requiring detailed engineering planning and coordination with the property owners. We will continue this work through 2020 and into next year.


Tree Trimming

Given the number of trees along the streets, we will be working closely with Halifax Regional Municipality to address tree-trimming in the neighbourhood. Infrastructure upgrades will reduce equipment failures but will require that tree branches are trimmed back farther from power lines than what is presently done in the area.

Contact Information

Customers with questions about the project can call 902-428-6269 or e-mail questions@nspower.ca. 

Current Status


January 31st, 2020

Completed Work

  • A forestry coordinator has inspected trees to determine which need to be trimmed to support the construction and operation of the new 25kV system. A permit request for tree trimming has been submitted to Halifax Regional Municipality.
  • Planners have scoped the locations for new power poles. Location stakes have been placed on Chestnut, Jennings and Larch Streets. Requests have been submitted to Heritage Gas and Halifax Water to locate their underground services to avoid interference with the placement of new poles.   

Next Steps

  • Some residents will be contacted to discuss trimming trees on their property which is required for the construction of the new 25kV equipment.
  • Once tree trimming has been completed, installation of new poles will begin.
  • Finalize plans for Vernon and Jennings streets.