Energy Strategies - New Brunswick
Ministry of Energy
New Brunswick Overview
While New Brunswick did release a white paper in 2001, the current government is in the process of compiling an updated version to reflect its new priorities. The province’s climate change strategy remains current, however, and features several areas related directly to provincial energy use.
Primarily focused on greenhouse gas emission reduction, New Brunswick’s Climate Change Action Plan: 2007 – 2012 (released in June 2007) features a number of efficiency measures focused on buildings, transportation and government leadership, common efficiency areas in other provincial and territorial policies. Other actions would include diversifying the province’s energy mix, such as the plan’s support for natural gas exploration in southeastern New Brunswick and for studying of the feasibility of constructing new small-scale hydroelectricity generation projects. Tangible efforts toward diversification include an overriding goal of energy self-sufficiency by 2026 and the more immediate target of 10 per cent of the province’s electricity sales to come from new renewable sources, and the plan notes that NB Power has committed to the refurbishment and life extension of the Point Lepreau nuclear station. The planned sale of NB Power to Hydro-Québec was halted in March 2010.
Another energy strategy document is planned, with stakeholder consultation having begun in the fall of 2009.
The province’s energy efficiency programs, which include residential, commercial and industrial applications, are coordinated through Efficiency NB.
Principle Areas for Action
- Energy Management
- Emissions, Efficiency
- Waste Reduction and Diversion
- Natural Resource Management – Sequestration
- Partnerships and Communication
- Implementation and Accountability
Major Energy Players