Ef­fi­ciency NS cor­po­ra­tion to be cre­ated

The Queens County Advance - - NEWS -

Leg­is­la­tion to cre­ate an in­de­pen­dent ad­min­is­tra­tor to help Nova Sco­tians cut elec­tric­ity use was in­tro­duced to­day, Oct. 23.

“ We want to en­sure that elec­tric­ity re­mains af­ford­able for Nova Sco­tians,” said Bill Estabrooks, Min­is­ter for Con­serve Nova Sco­tia. “Ef­fi­ciency and con­ser­va­tion pro­grams will help Nova Sco­tians man­age their elec­tric­ity costs, so they can use less en­ergy and save money on their power bills.”

The leg­is­la­tion will cre­ate an in­de­pen­dent elec­tric­ity ef­fi­ciency ad­min­is­tra­tor called the Ef­fi­ciency Nova Sco­tia Cor­po­ra­tion. It es­tab­lishes a fund that is ded­i­cated to de­liver elec­tric­ity ef­fi­ciency pro­grams and gives the Util­ity and Re­view Board (UARB) reg­u­la­tory over­sight of the new ad­min­is­tra­tor, elec­tric­ity-ef­fi­ciency fund and pro­grams. It also al­lows the new cor­po­ra­tion to man­age en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and con­ser­va­tion pro- grams other than elec­tric­ity.

The UARB ap­proved elec­tric­ity-ef­fi­ciency ex­pen­di­tures of $3.2 mil­lion in 2008, $9.7 mil­lion in 2009 and $22.6 mil­lion in 2010. As the in­terim ad­min­is­tra­tor of elec­tric­ity-ef­fi­ciency pro­grams, Nova Sco­tia Power will con­tinue to man­age elec­tric­ity-ef­fi­ciency pro­grams un­til the cor­po­ra­tion is op­er­a­tional.

A num­ber of elec­tric­ity-ef­fi­ciency pro­grams are avail­able, in­clud­ing di­rectin­stall lighting for small busi­ness, hous­ing-ef­fi­ciency up­grades for low-in­come fam­i­lies, a com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial custom pro­gram and an ef­fi­cient-lighting prod­ucts aware­ness cam­paign. Elec­tric­ity re­bates are also avail­able for new home construction and home­own­ers who make en­ergy up­grades to homes through the Nova Sco­tia En­erGuide for Houses pro­gram.

The new ad­min­is­tra­tor is ex­pected to be in place next spring. The prov­ince plans to have the new cor­po­ra­tion man­age many of the en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency and con­ser­va­tion pro­grams cur­rently be­ing de­liv­ered through Con­serve Nova Sco­tia.

“ To sim­plify the process for ac­cess­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency and con­ser­va­tion pro­grams, and avoid du­pli­ca­tion of ser­vices, we be­lieve that a sin­gle ac­cess point for Nova Sco­tians through the new en­er­gy­ef­fi­ciency cor­po­ra­tion is the best so­lu­tion,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “Gov­ern­ment also hopes that the new en­ergy ef­fi­ciency cor­po­ra­tion draws on the nec­es­sary ex­per­tise, in­clud­ing em­ploy­ees from Con­serve Nova Sco­tia, to get the new cor­po­ra­tion up and run­ning as soon as pos­si­ble.”

David Wheeler, dean of Dal­housie Uni­ver­sity’s fac­ulty of man­age­ment, led a con­sul­ta­tion to de­ter­mine who should ad­min­is­ter elec­tric­ity-ef­fi­ciency pro­grams. The re­port rec­om­mended the cre­ation of an in­de­pen­dent elec­tric­i­ty­ef­fi­ciency en­tity, re­port­ing to a board of direc­tors, and overseen by the UARB un­der the Pub­lic Util­i­ties Act.

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