Nova Scotia Power announced a new benchmark June 10, saying that it delivered 30 per cent of Nova Scotia's electricity from renewable sources in 2018, and it is crediting Lunenburg County for helping play a large role.
"Lunenburg County is a valuable contributor to this achievement, with renewable energy coming from the South Canoe wind farm in New Ross and smaller wind generation in the Municipality of Chester and Whynotts Settlement, as well as the privately owned Morgan Falls Power Company hydro plant in New Germany," the power company said in a release.
"Together, they generate enough electricity to power about 33,000 homes. South Canoe is the province's largest wind farm with 34 turbines and a total generating capacity of 100 megawatts."
"Nova Scotians want a cleaner energy future for themselves and our children," said Karen Hutt, President & CEO for Nova Scotia Power. "But we know as we manage this change, we can't overlook affordability. So, as we continue to achieve new records in renewable electricity, we remain focused on ensuring electricity prices stay predictable and affordable for our customers."
Over the past five years, annual rate increases have averaged below the rate of inflation for residential customers and most business customers. At the same time, Nova Scotia Power has been a Canadian leader in reducing carbon emissions – achieving a 36 per cent reduction from 2005 levels, NS Power claimed.
By comparison, the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris called for a 30 per cent reduction from 2005 levels by 2030.
Today, wind power is the largest contributor to renewable energy in Nova Scotia, accounting for 18 per cent of electricity in 2018. That's higher than most other provinces and states. Soon, though, hydroelectricity will challenge for Nova Scotia's top spot in renewable energy, thanks to the Maritime Link subsea transmission line to Newfoundland and Labrador.
Accessing hydroelectricity from Newfoundland and Labrador will enable Nova Scotia Power to provide 40 per cent renewable energy in 2020, which will be another milestone achievement.
Due to the fact that renewable electricity is largely weather dependent – wind for wind power and rain or snow melt for hydroelectricity – the amount of renewable electricity being generated varies from day to day, and sometimes hour to hour. It's not unusual for 50 per cent or more of Nova Scotia's electricity to be coming from renewable sources. On other occasions, it can be closer to 10 per cent.
To see where Nova Scotia's electricity is coming from in the current hour, visit www.nspower.ca/todayspower