Nova Sco­tia Power sets new re­new­able energy record

Cape Breton Post - - News - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF news@cb­

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.

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