Nova Scotia generates record amount of wind energy

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Nova Scotia generates record amount of wind energy

May 5, 2011

HALIFAX, NS – Nova Scotia has confirmed a new record for renewable generation in the province. Nova Scotia Power’s power production operators reported that wind energy generation reached 250 megawatts (MW) at 12:00am on Sunday, April 24, representing 20 per cent of the province’s electricity generation at the time. That surpassed the previous record of 235 MW of generation set at 8:00am on Thursday, April 14.

“This is an exciting milestone for Nova Scotia. Recent projects coming online mean that wind energy can now power tens of thousands of homes in our province,” said Mark Sidebottom, General Manager, Power Production, NS Power. “We’re committed to building more sources of clean, renewable energy that will provide value to customers by shifting our energy mix away from fossil fuels, which are volatile in price.”

Increases in wind generation follow completion of several new wind farms:

Name Owner Completion Capacity Turbines 
Glen Dhu Shear Wind March 2011 62.1 MW 27
Watts Section Watts Wind Energy March 2011 1.5 MW 1
Nuttby Mountain NS Power December 2010 50.6 MW 22
Digby Neck NS Power November 2010 30 MW 20
Point Tupper RESL/NS Power August 2010 22.6 MW 11
Maryvale Maryvale Wind LP February 2010 6 MW 4
Dalhousie Mountain RMS Energy December 2009 51 MW 34
To view an interactive map of current and future wind energy sites in Nova Scotia, visit