Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2002
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments, Voluntary Approaches
Policy Target:
Agency:Nova Scotia Government, Department of Energy
Legal References:Nova Scotia Energy Strategy (Volume I and II)
Description:Nova Scotias provincial government has adopted a new energy strategy that sets a short-term voluntary renewables target of 50MW and pledges to establish a mandatory renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) after three years. The power from the initial 50MW will be marketed as a premium-priced green product. Among the early green power customers in the province will be the provincial government itself. At least 20% of the electricity used in public buildings will come from renewable sources, and municipalities and public sector agencies will be encouraged to do the same. The federal government is already negotiating with Nova Scotia Power (NSP), the Atlantic provinces monopoly utility, to buy enough green power to cover about 70% of its power usage in the province. The new strategy also opens the door to increased competition in Nova Scotias electricity industry, including a plan to give Nova Scotia-based renewable energy producers open access to NSPs transmission system and allow them to market green power directly to retail customers.

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