Nova Scotia

Overview of Electricity Sector

For decades, Nova Scotia has founded its electricity production on oil and coal-fired generation. Oil was the primary source of electricity until the 1970s when the sharp rise in prices brought about a shift to coal, an energy resource the province has an abundant supply of. As recently as 2006, coal and related products met...

Renewable Energy

Nova Scotia began to accelerate its deployment of renewable energy after adopting the Renewable Energy Standard (RES) in 2007, which mandated that 40% of Nova Scotia’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2020 (Nova Scotia Power, 2015b). The same year Nova Scotia adopted RES, the Department of Energy introduced the Renewable Electricity Plan outlining mechanisms...

Community Energy

The introduction of a community feed-in tariff (COMFIT) was a key aspect of Nova Scotia’s renewable energy strategy until it was cancelled in the summer of 2015. Five different types of community-based entities were eligible to participate in the program, including municipalities, First Nations, co-operatives, not-for-profits, and Community Economic Development Investment Funds (CEDIFs). CEDIFs[1] are a...

Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) Research

Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) Research In Nova Scotia, CBRE research has been primarily the work of researchers based out of Acadia University, Cape Breton University, and Dalhousie University. Their work has focused on the economic impacts and feasibility of small-scale renewable energy projects, how communities can benefit from such projects, technical, social, and physical barriers...

Nova Scotia Community Energy Projects Map

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