Nova Scotia Takes Energy Plan Tour for Lowest, Fairest Rates to Amherst

3/5/2013

Residents in the Cumberland and Colchester counties area have a better understanding of what government is doing to ensure the lowest, fairest electricity rates for Nova Scotians now, and in the future.

Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville MLA Mat Whynott, on behalf of Energy Minister Charlie Parker, addressed the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce today, March 5, as part of a provincial tour to discuss government's plan to end double-digit electricity rate increases.

"It has been my pleasure to speak to people in this area, on behalf of Minister Parker, about the province's plan to address the issue of rising electricity rates," said Mr. Whynott. "People throughout the province have told us what they want electricity that is: local, reliable, green, tax-free and efficient. The province's plan is the right path forward."

The benefits of Nova Scotia's energy plan can be felt across the province, including the Cumberland-Colchester area. The province has helped establish the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy, a world-class tidal energy testing and research facility in Parrsboro, where industry, government and academics are working together to develop technology that can withstand the Bay of Fundy's tides.

Also, Oxford Frozen Foods and the Town of Oxford now use natural gas as their energy choice. The change is helping them save money and contributing to a cleaner environment.

Sprott Power's 31.5 megawatt wind farm on the Tantramar Marsh can produce enough clean electricity to power more than 100,000 homes for one year.

The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs, via Kwilmu'kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiations Office, have also been approved for a six megawatt wind project, under the Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) Program. Benefits will be shared within the local community and Mi'kmaq communities throughout Nova Scotia.

"I commend the province for moving the province away from imported towards cleaner energy sources," said Warden Keith Hunter, Municipality of the County of Cumberland. "We need to take control of our own energy future while protecting the environment. Cumberland is pleased to be playing a role in making this happen through initiatives such as the installation of a SolarTron Concentrator at the Municipal Building and the creation of the Cumberland Energy Authority."

Energy deputy minister Murray Coolican also provided information and an overview of the Muskrat Falls/Maritime Link project, an important part of the province's energy plan and the lowest-cost option for meeting federal and environmental requirements.

The project provides price stability for 35 years and gives Nova Scotia two connections to the North American grid, which improves reliability and promotes competition.