Nova Scotia Encourages Green Energy Sharing

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first_img “Nova Scotians want more green energy,” said Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt. “That’s why we are nearly doubling Nova Scotia’s renewable energy supply by 2013 with wind, tidal and biomass. Hydro power from Lower Churchill Falls represents an opportunity to go even further. “It’s worth exploring if Nova Scotians can buy that power for the right price.” If electricity demand continues to rise, Nova Scotia and other provinces will need to add additional sources of power. Lower Churchill Falls could provide that power, but regional electricity grids will need significant investment to allow its transmission. “To make this project happen, the federal government should give serious consideration to helping build the power grid that can bind our regions together, allowing us to share the tremendous green energy potential of this resource,” said the premier. “Our country as a whole is in need of new sources of power, and we have one right in front of us that is clean, secure, and Canadian.” providing secure, local, renewable energy supply improving environment, health reducing dependence on expensive imported fuels avoiding future emission penalties or taxes cutting emissions beyond 2020 target promoting growth of wind and tidal energy with back-up supply The province welcomes Nova Scotia Power and Emera’s increased interest in buying emission-free power from the proposed Lower Churchill Falls hydro project to bring it to the Maritimes. “Protecting the environment is a key priority for this government,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “And Lower Churchill Falls is a major opportunity to help Atlantic provinces contribute to both regional and national climate change goals.” At 2,800 megawatts, the proposed Lower Churchill Falls hydroelectric project would generate enough power for about 1.5 million homes and displace up to 16 megatonnes of greenhouse gas each year. A portion of that energy could help Nova Scotia meet its 2020 deadline for cutting greenhouse-gas levels by 10 per cent below 1990 levels. Other potential benefits include:last_img

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