Energy Strategies - Nova Scotia
Ministry of Energy
Nova Scotia Overview
Released in January 2009 Toward a Greener Future: Energy Strategy and its companion climate change action plan set out policy actions designed to “grow the economy while protecting the environment.” As the only province to use tidal power, Nova Scotia’s energy strategy is also the only one to cite efforts to that end, such as $5 million toward the Fundy tidal demonstration centre. Similar to the creation of provincial energy efficiency offices in Prince Edward Island and Quebec, the strategy also calls for the creation of “a new, independent administrator for the electrical efficiency program established by the Utility and Review Board,” as well as providing efficiency measures in the usual areas of building, transportation and government. The province’s strategy is also notable for the number of dates attached to its policy actions, with a heavy concentration in its immediate years (2009 and 2010) and a smaller number through 2020, when the third of three greenhouse gas caps is applied to Nova Scotia Power.
Petroleum development features notably in the strategy document, with offshore oil development specifically outlined in the Nova Scotia Offshore Renewal Plan and the strategy document calling for the creation of an “Onshore Petroleum Resources Management Plan.” The strategy outlines funding for further exploration and proposes the creation of a “petroleum atlas” for that purpose, as well as calling for a harmonized approach to regulation with New Brunswick.
In April 2010, the Government of Nova Scotia released its Renewable Electricity Plan (925 KB PDF). The plan commits the province to producing 25 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015, and 40 per cent by 2020. To accomplish this goal, the plan establishes a community-based feed-in tariff (COMFIT), which is expected to create 100 MW of new renewable energy from projects lower than 2 MW. Though all sources of renewable power are under consideration, biomass generation has been capped at 500,000 dry tones above current use. Net metering power limits will also be increased from 100 kW to 1 MW.
Toward a Greener Future: Nova Scotia’s Energy Strategy includes eight policies that guide the province’s actions on energy. These policies, in turn, correspond to common themes found throughout Canada’s other provincial and territorial energy strategies.
- Conservation and Efficiency: By 2020, Nova Scotia will increase energy efficiency in the province by 20 per cent
- Renewable Energy: We will require and encourage more renewable electricity energy
- Electricity: To enhance our energy security, we will use less imported coal, and more diverse sources of clean, local, and renewable energy
- Offshore Petroleum: We will encourage renewed offshore exploration and development, with its enormous potential for building future prosperity
- Onshore Petroleum: We will encourage onshore energy exploration and development
- Technology and Knowledge-Based Growth: We will support Nova Scotians’ ongoing participation in a changing energy industry
- Downstream Energy Opportunities: Nova Scotia’s energy markets will remain competitive and open for imports and exports
- Social Accountability: The province will continue to consult widely and seek advice on sustainable energy policy
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