Nova Scotia Power sets new renewable energy record
Nova Scotia Power is continuing its progress in reducing carbon and increasing renewable energy, with 28 per cent of the electricity used by Nova Scotians in 2016 coming from renewable resources.
Renewable energy generation in Cape Breton County has made a significant contribution to the success, including Wreck Cove — the biggest hydro plant in the province — as well as wind turbines in Lingan, Glace Bay, Donkin, Bateston, Gardiner Mines, Barrachois, Point Aconi and Hillside Boularderie.
The results exceeded the legislate requirement that 25 per cent of the company’s electricity comes from renewable sources, and continue Nova Scotia Power’s pace to meet 40 per cent renewable requirement, which takes effect in 2020.
Recently as 2007, nine per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity was renewable. The company has already achieve and exceeded
Canada’s 2030 target of reducing carbon dioxide by 30 per cent from 2005 levels.
Meanwhile, by 2030, Nova Scotia Power expects to have achieved a 58 per cent reduction from the 2005 levels, almost doubling the national target.
The province’s growth in renewable electricity has been in large part through the development on wind power. Currently, there are more than 300 commercial wind turbines generating electricity in Nova Scotia, making the province a national lead in wind energy as a percentage of total generation capacity.