History of
Electric Power Companies
in Nova Scotia




Electric  power  is  a  unique  and  challenging  business  venture.
The product can't be stored, but must be manufactured, transported
and  distributed,  all  at  the  same  moment  it  is  consumed.

The demand for electricity is conrolled by the customers (not by the electric company).
The electric company's job is to provide generation that precisely matches the
demand that exists at each instant.  At all times, the electricity generated
must be exactly equal to the existing demand – no more and no less.



Contents:
#   Nova Scotia's Electric Power System   2015 Q1-Q2   2014 Q3-Q4   2014 Q1-Q2   2013   2012   2011   2010
#   Privately-Owned Electric Utility Companies
#   Government-Owned Electric Utilities
#   Renewable-Energy Electric Companies
#   Inventory: Renewable Electric Generation, 2002-2012
#   1958: List of all electric utilities in Nova Scotia
#   2001: List of all electric utilities in Nova Scotia
#   UARB electric power documents
#   Recent additions to this list
#   NS to manage own greenhouse emissions
#   Notes
#   Edison telegram, 31 July 1907


•   #   Avon River Power Company Ltd.
•   #   S.P. Benjamin Company Ltd.
•   #   Berwick Electric Commission
•   #   Black River Hydro Ltd.
•   #   Public Service Commission of Bridgewater
•   #   Canada Electric Company Ltd.
•   #   Water Commissioners of the Village of Canning
•   #   Town of Canso
•   #   Cape Breton Electric Company Ltd.
•   #   Chambers Electric Light & Power Company Ltd.
•   #   Cobequid Power Company Ltd.
•   #   Dartmouth Gas & Electric Light & Heating & Power Co. Ltd.
•   #   Digby County Power Board
•   #   Dominion Iron & Steel Company Ltd.
•   #   Eastern Light & Power Company Ltd.
•   #   Eastern Utilities Ltd.
•   #   Egerton Tramway Company Ltd.
•   #   Emera Inc.
           #   Lower Churchill – Muskrat Falls project – Labrador
•   #   Gaspereaux River Light, Heat & Power Company Ltd.
•   #   Gaspereaux Valley Electric Light Company Ltd.
•   #   Halifax Electric Tramway Company Ltd.
•   #   Joggins Coal & Railway Company Ltd.
•   #   Kentville Electric Commission
•   #   Kentville Electric Light & Power Company Ltd.
•   #   Town of Lunenburg
•   #   Town of Mahone Bay
•   #   Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company Ltd.
•   #   Morgan Falls Power Company
•   #   Municipal Electric Utilities of Nova Scotia Co-operative Ltd.
•   #   New Glasgow Electric Company Ltd.
•   #   Nova Scotia Light & Power Company Ltd.
•   #   Nova Scotia Power Commission (1919-1972) [government owned]
•   #   Nova Scotia Power Corporation (1972-12 August 1992) [government owned]
•   #   Nova Scotia Power Inc. (12 August 1992-   ) [privately owned]
•   #   Nova Scotia Tramways & Power Company Ltd.
•   #   NS Power Holdings Inc.
•   #   OASIS: Open Access Same-time Information System
•   #   Pictou County Electric Company Ltd.
•   #   Pictou County Power Board
•   #   Pubnico Point Wind Farm Inc.
•   #   Riverport Electric Light Commission
•   #   Seaboard Power Corporation Ltd.
•   #   Stone & Webster
•   #   Truro Electric Commission
•   #   Western Nova Scotia Electric Company Ltd.
•   #   Windsor Electric Light & Power Company Ltd.
•   #   Yarmouth Street Railway Company Ltd.

The full, official, legal name of each company is given.
This list is known to be incomplete (I'm working on it).

Where it appears below, "NSL" refers to the Nova Scotia Legislature.
Unless otherwise stated, "Act" means an Act of the Nova Scotia Legislature.






 

Privately-Owned Electric Companies

(All non-government organizations)






Acadia Coal Company

NSL 1883 chapter   64 — Act to incorporate the Acadia Coal Co.
NSL 1898 chapter 165 — Amendment, relating to electric power





Acadia Electric Light Company Limited

Nova Scotia: Acadia Electric Light Company, 1904
The Wolfville Acadian, 8 April 1904

$10 REWARD
As we are under considerable expense in repairing street lights
that are maliciously broken, we offer the above reward for
information that will lead to the conviction of the guilty parties.
Offenders will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Acadia Electric Light Co.



The Acadia EL Co. reported that, during the year 1912, its operating revenue was $7,168.55 and operating expenses were $5,362.64, and it paid out $1,600.00 in dividends.
Source: PUB Annual Report 1912-13



By 1917, the steam-driven electric generating plant of the Acadia Electric Light Company in Wolfville was 26 years old.  Its maximum output was 55 kilowatts, the service operated only seven hours out of twenty-four, and, according to an ancient townsman (who was interviewed by Harry Bruce in the mid-1970s) "You could hardly see the light bulbs even when you turned them on," — translation: the voltage was well below the proper level which meant that the generating plant was overloaded, or the distribution circuits were inadequate, or both.

The Wolfville Board of Trade (whose secretary, incidentally, was George C. Nowlan, a federal cabinet minister forty years later) decided somebody had to do something about the electricity supply in Wolfville.  It asked two of the sharpest young businessmen around town to investigate the Gaspereau River as a power source.

They were Charles H. Wright, a capable and popular building contractor, and Roy A. Jodrey, farmer, apple speculator, and fair-haired boy of the W.H. Chase organization.  L.E. Shaw, a brick manufacturer who was also president of the Wolfville Board of Trade, wrote many years later that Jodrey and Wright "never came back to report.  They found more than we had anticipated."

They found a waterfall, formed a company (Gaspereaux River Light, Heat & Power Company), built a dam, installed a powerhouse, and built electric transmission lines out across the Annapolis Valley.  Wright and Jodrey's hydroelectric generating plant at Stivers Falls, White Rock, Kings County, began to operate on February 25, 1920. By May 1920, it was producing electric power for Wolfville, Greenwich, and Port Williams...
Source:   Excerpted from pages 114 and 119, The Story of R.A. Jodrey, Entrepreneur (book), by Harry Bruce, McClelland and Stewart, 1979


Roy Jodrey: Energy Pioneer Award Gala Dinner, Halifax, 2011 May 12





Amherst Electric Light & Water Company Limited

NSL 1887 chapter 94 — Act to incorporate the Amherst Electric Light & Water Co. Ltd.


Annapolis Basin Pulp and Power Company Limited

Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry numbers 1038957 and 2231779.





Antigonish Electric Company Limited






Antigonish Light and Power Company Limited






Associated Gas & Electric Company

In the 1920s, the Associated Gas & Electric Company of New York was busily buying Nova Scotia utilities.
Source:   Page 137, The Story of R.A. Jodrey, Entrepreneur (book), by Harry Bruce, McClelland and Stewart, 1979

Associated Gas and Electric Company share certificate 1929
Associated Gas & Electric Company share certificate, 1929

The Associated Gas & Electric Co. was broken up in the mid-1930s, under the U.S. Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, which provided for the regulation of utility holding companies by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The Death Sentence Clause

Title I of the Public Utility Act of 1935 is known as the Public Utilities Holding Company Act of 1935 (PUHCA).  PUHCA was enacted to eliminate unfair practices and other abuses by electricity and gas holding companies by requiring federal control and regulation of interstate public utility holding companies.  A regulatory bargain was created between utilities and the government.  In exchange for an exclusive service territory, utilities are required to provide reliable electric service to all customers at a regulated rate.  A holding company under PUHCA is an enterprise that directly or indirectly owns 10% or more of stock in a public utility company.  To eliminate the complex and confusing structure of holding companies that had made them almost impossible to regulate, Section 11b of Title I (the "Death Sentence Clause") of PUHCA abolishes all holding companies that were more than twice removed from their operating subsidiaries.  All electric and natural gas holding companies are required to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Under PUHCA, the SEC regulates mergers and diversification proposals of holding companies whose subsidiaries engage in retail electricity or natural gas distribution.  In addition, PUHCA requires that before purchasing securities or property from another company, a holding company must file for approval with the SEC.





Atlantic Power & Development Company Limited

NSL 1916 chapter 96 — Act to incorporate the Atlantic Power & Development Co. Ltd.





 

Avon River Power Company Limited

NSL 1923 chapter 121 — Act respecting the Avon River Power Co. Ltd.

In 1921, the Avon River Power Company was incorporated by Roy Jodrey and Charles Wright.  The company had its head office in Windsor.

The Avon River Power Co. bought the Windsor Electric Light & Power Co. in November 1925, and the Gaspereaux River Light, Heat & Power Co. in 1926.

In April 1929, the Nova Scotia Light & Power Co. bought Avon River Power Co. and thereafter operated it as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

During 1931, the Avon River Power Co. bought six small electric utilities:
      Centreville Electric Light & Power Company,
      Gaspereaux Valley Electric Light Company,
      Lower Horton Electric Company,
      Kingston Electric Light Commission,
      the Town of Middleton's electric power system, and
      Sheffield Mills Light & Power Company.

In August 1941, the Avon River Power Co. bought the electric power distribution system owned and operated by the Canning Water Commissioners.




1940, Nictaux Power Plant Larger image Photograph of the original Nictaux hydro-electric power plant, probably taken in 1940.  There is a rubber-stamped "Middleton, June 26, 1940" on the back of the print that was scanned for this gif file (probably stamped when the print was made).  This plant was located at Nictaux Falls, about 4km south of Middleton, in Annapolis County.  It was demolished in the early 1950s to make way for the construction of the new and larger hydro-electric power plant, also called Nictaux, that was built on this site by the Nova Scotia Light & Power Company, and put into service about 1956.  It is believed that the original power plant was built to supply electric power to the iron mines at Torbrook, near Nictaux; it is not clear what company built it or owned it originally.  At the time this photo was taken, the plant was owned and operated by the Avon River Power Company.  The photo was taken from a position downstream from the plant, looking upstream over the tailrace toward the tailrace tunnels.  The smaller tailrace tunnel, on the left in the photo, was for the original generating unit; the larger tunnel on the right, was for unit number two.  The surface appearance of the tailrace clearly indicates that generator number one was running at the time the photograph was taken.  [The print was generously made available to me in August 1997, by Mr. Jim Sangster, who hired on with Avon River in 1936, and was an operator at this plant in the late 1930s.]





Barrington Electric Company Limited

Shelburne County

NSL 1919 chapter 139 — Act to incorporate the Barrington Electric Co. Ltd.

Also see: Barrington Municipality




Barss Corner Electric Light Company Limited

Lunenburg County, Barss Corner and vicinity.

The Barss Corner EL Co. was incorporated on 23 June 1921.  The BCEL Co. was purely a distributing company, meaning it did not generate any electric power; it purchased all of its electric power from J. Zwicker & Son of New Germany.





Bear River & Digby Electric Light, Heating & Power Company Limited

NSL 1899 chapter 137 — Act to change the name of the Bear River Electric Light, Heating & Power Co to the Bear River & Digby Electric Light, Heating & Power Co.

Also see: Bear River Electric Light, Heating & Power Co. Ltd.




Bear River Electric Light, Heating & Power Company Limited

NSL 1899 chapter 137 — Act to change the name of the Bear River Electric Light, Heating & Power Co to the Bear River & Digby Electric Light, Heating & Power Co.

Also see: Bear River & Digby Electric Light, Heating & Power Co. Ltd.




Beckwith Electric Light Company

Small hydroelectric generating plant located on Bloody Creek, near Bridgetown.
Source: Letter N-1 dated 12 June 2013 to UARB from NS Power - page 7 "Bridgetown Rural: Former Hydro Station"
              (available in the UARB website as Exhibit 20130612 in Matter Number M05741)

The ratepayers of Bridgetown, at a meeting called for the purpose of voting upon the
purchase of the electric light system of that town on Tuesday evening [25 May, 1909 ?],
decided by a vote of 17 for and 4 against, the sum of $25,000.  A vote of $20,000 was
passed, and Mr. Beckwith, representing the electric light company, has declined to accept.
The town is without lights, except lamps and candles.
Source: The Digby Weekly Courier, 4 June 1909, (reprinted from the Yarmouth Herald)   [This item is confused
about the amount of money, but the above is the complete text as printed in The Digby Weekly Courier.]


The street lighting question, which has been perturbing the citizens of Bridgetown for
so many weeks, is at last settled and the town will install its own lighting system.
Source: The Digby Weekly Courier, 18 June 1909





Bedford Electric Company Limited

NSL 1898 chapter 133 — Act to incorporate the Bedford Electric Co. Ltd.
NSL 1899 chapter 136 — Amendment
NSL 1901 chapter 171 — Amendment
NSL 1903 chapter 182 — Amendment
NSL 1906 chapter 156 — Amendment
NSL 1908 chapter 137 — Amendment
NSL 1909 chapter 131 — Amendment





 

S.P. Benjamin Company Limited

NSL 1897 chapter 111 — Act to incorporate S.P. Benjamin Co. Ltd.
NSL 1900 chapter 165 —

Also see: Nova Scotia Electric Light Co. Ltd.
The Benjamin Lumber Mill, White Rock, Nova Scotia. 1885-1900
The Benjamin Lumber Mill (1885-1900), White Rock

This photograph appears on page 152 of "White Rock Past and Present"
by Doris Atwell, published 2004

This postcard was postmarked in Kentville in September 1915.

“Built on the banks of the Gaspereau River above
the White Rock bridge, the  S.P. Benjamin  grist
and  lumber  mill  began  operations  in  1885...
Dictated perhaps by a dwindling timber supply,
this mill was closed after less than two decades
of  operation.   In  1900  the  mill  machinery
was dismantled and moved to Falmouth...”
—Source: White Rock's grist and lumber mill
by Ed Coleman, 3 July 1998


Located where the Black River flows into the Gaspereau River, White Rock – often called White Rock Mills – has seen numerous mill operations, including that of S.P. Benjamin.  About 1885 Benjamin bought out the Calder and Freeman mill along with much of the timberlands upriver and around the lakes.  Running day and night with 75 men employed, in one year his operation shipped seven million board feet of lumber out of nearby ports.  The route travelled by horse and ox teams over the Deep Hollow Road (paved now but not then) to Wolfville, Canning and Port Williams was no easy haul.
Historic Kings County (booklet), Kings County Historical Society, 2004

  Map showing the location of the S.P. Benjamin Lumber Mill, White Rock, Nova Scotia
Map showing the location of the S.P. Benjamin Lumber Mill, White Rock
Thanks to Doris Atwell




Norman Bethune

Service area: Baddeck, Victoria County
In January 1927, Norman Bethune (1899-1986) began providing electric power, during the evening hours only, to a small area of downtown Baddeck.

A PUB report dated 30 June 1927 states that:
Mr. Norman Bethune, owner of the plant, told the PUB that the generating equipment consists of one 15 horsepower oil engine [probably a single-cylinder Diesel (compression-ignition) engine] belted to a ten kilowatt Direct Current [DC] 110-volt generator.  The distribution system includes 1.5 miles [about 2.4 km] of line carried for the most part on poles owned by the Maritime Telegraph & Telephone Company, only fourteen poles having been supplied by Mr. Bethune.

[Comment: Since this was a DC system, there were no transformers anywhere – the entire system operated at the generator voltage.  A system operating at 110 volts DC could not serve customers located 1.5 miles from the generating plant – the voltage drop would be excessive – thus it can be inferred that the generating plant was located roughly at the geographic center of the service area, with distribution lines radiating in at least two directions, east and west, and probably in four directions, so that no customer would be much more than about 2000 feet [600 metres or so] from the generator.  Even with this arrangement, the distribution system would not have been able to supply electricity to the farthest customer at satisfactory voltage.  A ten kilowatt generator supplying 110 volts will be delivering about 90 amperes.  Assuming the distribution system radiated in four directions, with the load divided equally among all four lines (the most favourable arrangement), each circuit would be carrying more than 20 amperes, and the voltage drop would be dramatic even over a distance of two or three blocks.  Mr. Bethune's DC system, as he well knew, was not capable of reaching even to the town outskirts, but this was a startup operation, financed on a shoestring, and it was good enough to bring electric lights to the area for the first time.]


The PUB report continues: The total capital cost of plant installed to date, including land and buildings, is approximately $4,000.  The system has been in operation for five months and has at present 23 consumers connected with the expectation of serving a total of 40 consumers, together with nine 60-watt street lights.

The operating expenses for the five months amounted to $640.00, prorated for twelve months would total $1536.00.  To this should be added for interest, depreciation and return on investment $480.00, making a total required annual income of $2016.00 (for a sustainable continuing operation).

The revenue for the five months was $395.64, which would amount to about $950.00 for the year, less than one-half the return Mr. Bethune is entitled to.  While slightly more than one-half of the prospective consumers are at present being served, it is doubtless true that the most profitable part of the load is connected and the balance when connected will not yield revenue in as great a proportion, while additional fuel cost will further increase the operating costs... However, Mr. Bethune has expressed a willingness to forego an adequate return during the time the load is being built up, and it is the feeling of the Board (that Mr. Bethune should be permitted to continue his electric utility service)...

— Source: PUB Annual Report 1925, pages 117-118





Blockhouse Electric Light & Power Company Limited

Lunenburg County

NSL 1901 chapter 147 — Act to incorporate the Blockhouse Electric Light & Power Co. Ltd.





Bridgetown Electric Light Company Limited

Annapolis County

NSL 1888 chapter 132 — Act to incorporate the Bridgetown Electric Light Co. Ltd.

Also see: Bridgetown Electric Light & Power Co. Ltd.
Also see: Bridgetown Electric Light, Heat & Power Co. Ltd.
Also see: Bridgetown Water, Power & Light Co. Ltd.
Also see: Town of Bridgetown (municipal electric utility)

Electric utility companies were required to report annually to the PUB, certain basic statistics such as operating revenue, operating expenses, taxes, debt, and the like.  For the year 1912, the Bridgetown EL Co.'s statistics are missing in the PUB Annual Report, and the note "burned out" appears on that line.  There is no further information; this note may mean that there was a fire in the company's office and its records were destroyed.





Bridgetown Electric Light & Power Company Limited

Annapolis County
Also see: Bridgetown Electric Light Co. Ltd.
Also see: Bridgetown Electric Light, Heat & Power Co. Ltd.
Also see: Bridgetown Water, Power & Light Co. Ltd.
Also see: Town of Bridgetown (municipal electric utility)




Bridgetown Electric Light, Heat & Power Company Limited

Annapolis County

NSL 1898 chapter 148 — Act to incorporate the Bridgetown Electric Light, Heat & Power Co. Ltd.

Also see: Bridgetown Electric Light Co. Ltd.
Also see: Bridgetown Electric Light & Power Co. Ltd.
Also see: Bridgetown Water, Power & Light Co. Ltd.
Also see: Town of Bridgetown (municipal electric utility)




Bridgetown Water, Power & Light Company Limited

Annapolis County

NSL 1898 chapter 150 — Act to incorporate the Bridgetown Water, Power & Light Co. Ltd.

Also see: Bridgetown Electric Light Co. Ltd.
Also see: Bridgetown Electric Light & Power Co. Ltd.
Also see: Bridgetown Electric Light, Heat & Power Co. Ltd.
Also see: Town of Bridgetown (municipal electric utility)




Bridgewater Electric Light, Water, & Power Company Limited

Lunenburg County

NSL 1891 chapter 148 — Act to incorporate the Bridgewater Electric Light, Water, & Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1898 chapter 158 — Act to confirm the sale of the Bridgewater Electric Light, Water, & Power Co.

Also see: Bridgewater Power Co. Ltd.
Also see: Town of Bridgewater (municipal electric utility)




Bridgewater Power Company Limited

Lunenburg County

NSL 1897 chapter 103 — Act to incorporate the Bridgewater Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1898 chapter 158 — Act to confirm the sale of the Bridgewater Electric Light, Water, & Power Co.

Also see: Bridgewater Electric Light, Water, & Power Co. Ltd.
Also see: Town of Bridgewater (municipal electric utility)




Brooklyn Light & Power Company Limited

Hants County: Brooklyn




 

Canada Electric Company Limited

Cumberland County

NSL 1889 chapter 128 — Act to incorporate the Canada Electric Co. Ltd.
NSL 1898 chapter 167 — Act to authorize the Company to sell property to the Town of Amherst
NSL 1913 chapter 166 — Amendment

Also see: Eastern Utilities Ltd.



Nova Scotia Power Commission
acquires
Canada Electric Company Limited
January 4, 1961

As of January 1st, 1961, the total authorized capital of the Canada Electric Company Limited was 15,000 shares, divided 11,500 common and 3,500 preferred.  Of these authorized shares, 9,000 common shares and 2,500 preferred shares were issued.

By agreement dated January 1st, 1961 and effective January 4th, 1961, all issued shares — 9,000 common and 2,500 preferred — were acquired from the former shareholders and as of January 4th, 1961 said shares were held as follows:
       Her Majesty the Queen   . . . .  2500 preferred shares
       Her Majesty the Queen   . . . .  8970 common shares
       George I. Smith   . . . . . . .     5 common shares
       Harvey W.L. Doane   . . . . . .     5 common shares
       Ronald G. Smith   . . . . . . .     5 common shares
       J. Craig MacDonald  . . . . . .     5 common shares
       Roderick J. McSween . . . . . .     5 common shares
       William L. Jodrey   . . . . . .     5 common shares
                                        ----
               Total                    9000 common shares
                                        2500 preferred shares
Source: 1961 Annual Report of the Public Utilities Board, pages 86-87

Note: In January 1961, George Issac Smith of Truro was the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners (the directors) of the Nova Scotia Power Commission.  The other five men named above were Commissioners.  The assignment of shares to them was part of the legal proceedings required to transfer ownership and management control to the new owner.




Maccan steam generating plant, Canada Electric Company
Canada Electric Company's 27 MW Maccan steam generating plant
at Harrison Lake, Cumberland County.  This location was chosen
because it was the best available source, in the Amherst area,
of cooling water for the steam turbine condensers.
Photograph:— Nova Scotia Power Commission annual report 1966, page 19

This generating plant was located on the north side of Harrison Lake

GPS location:   45°42'54"N   64°16'57"W
Google map





Canadian Provincial Power Company Limited

NSL 1914 chapter 181 — Act to incorporate the Canadian Provincial Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1915 chapter   93 — Amendment
NSL 1918 chapter 128 — Amendment
NSL 1919 chapter 164 — Amendment





Canadian Tungsten Mines Limited

NSL 1911 chapter 113 — Act to incorporate Canadian Tungsten Mines Ltd.
NSL 1912 chapter 187 — Amendment
NSL 1912 chapter 188 — Amendment
NSL 1913 chapter 173 — Amendment
NSL 1914 chapter 182 — Amendment
NSL 1914 chapter 183 — Amendment
NSL 1915 chapter   94 — Amendment

Also see: Halifax Power Co. Ltd.

In 1911 a company was incorporated under the name of The Canadian Tungsten Mines Limited, which name was afterwards changed more than once, and in 1913 it was called The Halifax Power Company Limited.  The Act of incorporation gave legal authority to the company to engage in certain business activities, which included mining of scheelite and tungsten, transportation of freight and passengers on land or water from places in Nova Scotia, and the authority to "generate, sell and deliver, electricity or electric energy generated from steam or water power, and to build and maintain dams and make use of water power, and generate, sell and deliver, energy generated from water power."
Source:   Excerpted from the decision of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court dated 18 September 1913, on the appeal of Miller versus Halifax Power Co. Ltd. and Thomson versus Halifax Power Co. Ltd., as reported on pages 394-408 of the Eastern Law Reporter, volume XIII number 5, 24 December 1913, published by the Carswell Company, Toronto.





Canard Electric Light & Power Company Limited

Service area: In Kings County, Canard, Upper and Lower Canard, and Church Street.

Total pole line in service (April 1922) about 11 miles [about 18km], from the point of connection with Gaspereaux River Light, Heat & Power Company near Port Williams, to the customers in the serviced territory.  Canard EL&P Co. never operated a generating plant; it bought its electric power wholesale from Gaspereaux River LH&P Co.  Beginning in 1923, Canard EL&P Co. sold electric power wholesale to Centreville EL&P Co.





Canning Water & Electric Light, Heating & Power Company Limited

Canning, Kings County
More about the Canning W&ELH&P Co.

NSL 1893 chapter 158 — Act to incorporate the Canning Water & Electric Light, Heating & Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1894 chapter   93 — Amendment

Also see: Water Commissioners of the Village of Canning




Cape Breton Bus & Tram Company Limited

On 29 September 1944, Cape Breton Bus & Tram Co. acquired all the property of Cape Breton Tramways Ltd.




 

Cape Breton Electric Company Limited

NSL 1900 chapter 130 — Act to incorporate the Cape Breton Electric Tramway & Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1901 chapter 159 — Change name to Cape Breton Electric Co. Ltd.
NSL 1902 chapter 183 — Amendment
NSL 1909 chapter 136 — Amendment
NSL 1911 chapter 115 — Amendment
NSL 1917 chapter 197 — Amend chapter 130 of 1900

More about the Cape Breton Electric Co.
Also see: Cape Breton Electric Tramway & Power Co. Ltd.
Also see: Stone & Webster




Cape Breton Electric Tramway & Power Company Limited

NSL 1900 chapter 130 — Act to incorporate the Cape Breton Electric Tramway & Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1901 chapter 159 — Change name to Cape Breton Electric Co. Ltd.

More about the Cape Breton ET&P Co.
Also see: Cape Breton Electric Co. Ltd.
Also see: Stone & Webster




Cape Breton Tramways Limited

Cape Breton Tramways Ltd. operated an electric streetcar system within the Town of Glace Bay and an interurban line (public transit electric railway) between Glace Bay and Sydney.  On 29 September 1944, Cape Breton Tramways Ltd. transferred all its property to the Cape Breton Bus & Tram Co.





Cape Split Development Company

Cape Split, Kings County, Nova Scotia

The Cape Split Development Company was created in 1916 with a four-fold purpose:
•  to examine the economic viability of the development of a hydroelectric power plant at Cape Split;
•  to obtain an engineer's report;
•  to carry out experimental work; and
•  to raise the capital necessary to complete the project.

After raising its initial capital by selling shares, the company hired the services of the New York consulting engineers Bogart and Pohl, whose report emphasized the growing need for hydroelectric power in the Maritimes and the suitability of the Cape Split site for the generation of said hydroelectric power.  Also hired was the consulting engineer Charles M. Allen, who conducted experiments on the efficiency of the Clarkson Current Motor prototype, which the company hoped to use, and gave an extremely favorable report.  All was ready for the beginning of construction at the Cape Split site, except for the necessary capital.  Unfortunately, the initial $31,000 raised through the selling of shares was the sum total of all of the company's capital, so the project fell through.

In 1928, the property was sold to Minas Basin Pulp and Paper, although the right to develop power on the property was retained by the company.  This right was deeded to the Nova Scotia Power Commission in 1957.
Sources:
    http://library.acadiau.ca/archives/research/acadia_archives/NSPC.pdf
    http://library.acadiau.ca/archives/research/acadia_archives/Moir_Alexander.doc





Carboline Gas Light Company Limited

NSL 1872 chapter 96 — Act to incorporate the Carboline Gas Light Co. Ltd.





Centreville Electric Light & Power Company Limited

Kings County, Centreville and vicinity

On 23 July 1923, Centreville EL&P Co. received official approval to issue 60 shares of common stock at a par value of $50.00 each, to raise $3,000 to pay for construction of its transmission line from "A.S. McDonald's corner, where connection is made with the Canard Electric Light & Power Co., into the district of Centreville, a distance of 2.3 miles [3.7km].  Construction materials included 90 cedar poles with cross arms and insulators, 2888 pounds [1307kg] of line wire, and seventeen 10-ampere kWh meters." In July 1923, seventeen consumers were connected, "with the prospect of eight additional later". Centreville EL&P Co. never operated a generating plant.  From the beginning in 1923, Centreville EL&P Co. bought its electric power wholesale from Canard EL&P Co. Canard EL&P Co. bought its electric power wholesale from Gaspereaux River Light, Heat & Power Co.  In 1931, the Centreville EL&P Co. was sold to the Avon River Power Company.





 

Chambers Electric Light & Power Company Limited

Colchester County: Truro

NSL 1889 chapter 130 — Act to incorporate the Chambers Electric Light & Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1894 chapter 101 —
NSL 1901 chapter 172 — Amendment
NSL 1904 chapter 177 — Amendment

More about the Chambers EL&P Co.
Also see: Truro Electric Co.




Chandler Electric Company Limited

NSL 1888 chapter 129 — Act conferring certain powers upon the Chandler Electric Co. Ltd.
NSL 1890 chapter 202 —





Chester Light, Power & Water Company Limited

Lunenburg County

NSL 1910 chapter 128 — Act to incorporate the Chester Light, Power & Water Co. Ltd.





Chester Light & Power Company Limited

Lunenburg County: Chester, Marriotts Cove, Chester Basin, Gold River, Western Shore, Martins Point, Martins River, Indian Point, East Chester, Blandford, Hubbards, Queensland, Black Point, Ingramport

NSL 1924 chapter __ — Act to incorporate the Chester Light & Power Co. Ltd.

The Chester L&P Co. was incorporated in 1924, by Foreman Hawboldt, Carrol Manning, Roy Hennigar, Harold Hilchie, Owen Zinck, and Eugene Publicover.  In November 1924, the Chester L&P Co. had 73 electricity meters in service, which indicates it had 73 paying customers.





Chignecto Light & Power Company Limited






Chipman's Corner Electric Light & Power Company Limited

Service area: In Kings County: Chipman's Corner (about 3km northeast from Kentville)

In 1928, Chipman's Corner EL&P Co. bought $408.20 worth of energy from Avon River Power Co.
Source: Page 123, The Story of R.A. Jodrey, Entrepreneur (book), by Harry Bruce, McClelland and Stewart, 1979





 

Cobequid Power Company Limited

Service area: In Colchester County, Belmont, Debert, Great Village, Bass River, and surrounding territory

Cobequid Power Co. never operated a generating plant. When it started in business, it purchased all its electric power from The Falls hydroelectric generating station in Colchester County, owned and operated by the Northumberland Light & Power Co. To get this power from The Falls to its service area, it erected a 4-wire 3-phase 12.5 kV transmission line from The Falls 17.5 miles to Stewart's Bridge in Colchester County, and thence toward Truro.  This transmission line bringing electric power from The Falls was the sole source of supply for the Cobequid Power Co. until 1 October 1933, when Cobequid ceased to draw its power from The Falls, and began purchasing it from the Truro Electric Commission.  At that time, the transmission line became unnecessary to Cobequid's operation, and in May 1934 Cobequid applied to the PUB to sell part of this line, the 17.5 miles from the Falls to Stewart's Bridge, to Northumberland L&P Co. This transaction was complicated by the fact that this portion of the line served not only for transmission of wholesale electric power, but also supplied two domestic (residential) customers along the route.  After extensive examination of the situation, on 27 July 1934 the PUB denied the application to sell the line.





Dartmouth & Cow Bay Electric Company Limited

NSL 1911 chapter 120 — Act to incorporate the Dartmouth & Cow Bay Electric Co. Ltd.
NSL 1914 chapter 170 — Amendment





 

Dartmouth Gas & Electric Light & Heating & Power Company Limited

NSL 1889 chapter 132 — Act to incorporate the Dartmouth Gas & Electric Light & Heating & Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1920 chapter 181 — Amendment

The Dartmouth GELHP Co. was incorporated on 17 April 1889, under chapter 132 of the 1889 Acts of the Legislature.  On 25 February 1935, official approval was given by the PUB for the Dartmouth GELHP Co. to sell its entire property, assets and undertaking to the Nova Scotia Light & Power Co.





Dartmouth Gas Light & Water Company Limited

NSL 1861 chapter 76 — Act to incorporate the Dartmouth Gas Light & Water Co. Ltd.





Dartmouth Tram & Power Company Limited

NSL 1890 chapter 189 — Act to incorporate the Dartmouth Tram & Power Co. Ltd.





Dartmouth Water & Gas Company

NSL 1867 chapter 55 — Act to incorporate the Dartmouth Water & Gas Co.





Digby Electric Light Company Limited

The Digby EL Co. reported that, during the year 1912, its operating revenue was $5,941.68 and operating expenses were $5,324.52, and it paid $108.87 in taxes.
Source: PUB Annual Report 1912-13

On 14 June 1922, the Digby EL Co. received official approval from the PUB to sell the whole of its undertaking to the Town of Digby.
Source: PUB Annual Report 1922





 

Dominion Iron & Steel Company Limited

    DISCO
Nova Scotia: DISCO electric generating plant, 1902
Electric generating plant, 1902
Dominion Iron and Steel Company, Sydney, Nova Scotia
Three main electric generators, each driven by a
compound reciprocating steam engine (three large flywheels).
Source: page 219, "Cape Breton, Canada, at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century"
by C.W. Vernon, Nation Publishing Company, Toronto, 1903





Dominion Utilities Company Limited

Incorporated on 20 May 1913 as Waterford Public Utilities Co. Ltd.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 1000914.
Name changed 24 November 1921 to Dominion Utilities Co. Ltd.





Eastern Development Company Limited

NSL 1882 chapter   61 — Act to incorporate the Eastern Development Co. Ltd.
NSL 1883 chapter   71 —
NSL 1884 chapter   71 —
NSL 1885 chapter   99 —
NSL 1886 chapter 141 —
NSL 1890 chapter 181 — To extend powers, as to Gas Works and Water Works, etc.





 

Eastern Light & Power Company Limited

Incorporated on 26 January 1911 as Sydney Mines Electric Co. Ltd.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 1000776.
Name changed 9 June 1931 from Sydney Mines Electric Co. Ltd.

Service area: Sydney and North Sydney and vicinity.
Also see: Sydney Mines Electric Co. Ltd.

By Order In Council dated 9 June 1931, the name of the Sydney Mines Electric Co. Ltd. was changed to Eastern Light & Power Co. Ltd., with head office in Sydney.

On 30th December 1966, all of the outstanding shares of Eastern Light & Power Company Limited were purchased by the Nova Scotia Power Commission at a cost of $3,900,000.
— Nova Scotia Power Commission Annual Report 1966, page 12





 

Eastern Utilities Limited

Eastern Utilities Limited was a holding company (it owned shares of other companies), not an operating utility company – it did not own any generating plants or transmission lines or any other equipment used in the production and/or distribution of electric power, it did not deliver electricity to anyone, and it did not send bills to electric power consumers.  Eastern Utilities Limited was incorporated in Prince Edward Island; it is included in this history of Nova Scotia electric companies because it owned companies in the electric power business in Nova Scotia — Canada Electric Co. Ltd., Maritime Coal, Railway and Power Co. Ltd., and Joggins Coal Co. Ltd. (all three based in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia).




May 1940:   Eastern Utilities Limited is an investment holding Company which owns all the issued shares of Canada Electric Company Limited; The Eastern Electric and Development Company Limited; and with the exception of 33 shares, all of the 11,254 shares (par value $100) of the Moncton Electricity and Gas Company Limited; also the majority of common (voting) shares of Maritime Coal, Railway and Power Company Limited; and all the issued shares of Joggins Coal Company Limited.

The Managing Director of Eastern Utilities Limited is J.H. Winfield of Halifax.  Other directors are: Hon. F.B. McCurdy, P.C. of Halifax; L.A. Lovett, K.C. of Halifax; Hon. C.W. Robinson of Moncton; and H.A. Forsythe, M.M. King, and M.K. Bell of Charlottetown.

Source: a prominent display advertisement in the Kentville Advertiser, 9 May 1940, by Johnston and Ward, a large Montreal brokerage firm, offering for sale shares of Eastern Utilities Limited.  "The statements contained herein are based on information which we believe to be reliable..."





The Edison Electric Light & Power Company Limited of Springhill

NSL 1892 chapter 155 — Act to incorporate the Edison Electric Light & Power Co. Ltd. of Springhill
NSL 1914 chapter 151 — Amendment





 

Egerton Tramway Company Limited

Pictou County: Trenton - New Glasgow - Stellarton - Westville

NSL 1902 chapter 137 — Act to incorporate the Egerton Tramway Co. Ltd.
NSL 1903 chapter 234 — Amendment
NSL 1904 chapter 133 — Act respecting assessment of the Egerton Tramway in New Glasgow, Stellarton, and Westville
NSL 1906 chapter 160 — Amendment
NSL 1909 chapter 142 — Act to confirm contract between New Glasgow Electric Co. Ltd. and Egerton Tramway Co. Ltd.
NSL 1909 chapter 143 — Amendment and name changed
NSL 1910 chapter 163 — Amendment
NSL 1916 chapter 105 — Amendment

More about the Egerton Tramway Co.
Also see: New Glasgow Electric Co. Ltd.




Electric Association of Nova Scotia

NSL 1921 chapter 160 — Act to incorporate the Electric Association of Nova Scotia





 

Emera Incorporated

Incorporated as 3021211 Nova Scotia Limited on 23 July 1998.
Name changed to NS Power Holdings Incorporated on 11 September 1998.
Name changed to Emera Incorporated on 17 July 2000.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3021211.

Also see: NS Power Holdings Inc.
Also see: Nova Scotia Power Inc.

On 2 December 1998 shareholders approved a proposal to reorganize Nova Scotia Power Inc. to create a holding company structure.  This reorganization allows the regulated utility business of Nova Scotia Power (NSPI) to be held in a corporation separate from other business activities. On 9 December 1998 the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia ratified the new holding company structure.  On 1 January 1999 all NSPI common shareholders exchanged their shares for NS Power Holdings Inc. common shares on a one-for-one basis.
Source: NS Power Holdings Inc. Annual Report 1998
    http://www.emera.com/images/annreport98.pdf


NS Power Holdings Inc. common shares were approved for listing on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges and began trading on 6 January 1999.  The company name was changed to Emera Inc. on 17 July 2000.
Source: Emera Inc. Annual Report 2000
    http://www.emera.com/images/annreport00.pdf


In early October 2001, final regulatory approvals for the merger between the Bangor Hydro Electric Company and Emera Inc. were received.  On October 10, 2001, Emera completed the acquisition of all of the outstanding common stock of the Bangor Hydro Electric Company for US$26.806 per share in cash.
Source: Bangor Hydro Electric Company Annual Report 2001 (SEC form 10-K)
    http://biz.yahoo.com/e/020320/bgr.html




As of July 2002, Emera Inc., 1894 Barrington Street, Halifax, had the following subsidiary companies:
•   Nova Scotia Power Inc. (wholly owned)
•   Bangor Hydro-Electric Company (wholly owned)
•   Emera Energy (wholly owned)
•   Emera Fuels Inc. (wholly owned)
•   Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline (12.5% interest)
•   Sable Project (SOEP) (8.4% interest)
The SOEP infrastructure assets comprise a gas processing plant at Goldboro, Nova Scotia; a natural gas liquids fractionation plant at Point Tupper, Nova Scotia; a natural gas liquids pipeline connecting the Goldboro and Point Tupper operations; offshore production platforms; and sub-sea gathering pipelines.
Source: Emera's website http://www.emera.com/






Bangor Hydro-Electric Company

Bangor Hydro service area Bangor Hydro
service area
The purchase of Bangor Hydro-Electric Company by Emera Inc. was completed on 10 October 2001.  Emera acquired all of the outstanding shares of Bangor Hydro common stock for US$26.50 per share in cash, and the holders of the outstanding warrants to purchase Bangor Hydro's common stock received US$26.50 less the $7.00 exercise price per warrant.  Bangor Hydro's outstanding preferred stock was not affected by the transaction.  Bangor Hydro is an electric utility serving a population of about 192,000 in an area encompassing 5,275 square miles 13,660 square kilometres in eastern and east coastal Maine.  Bangor Hydro is a member of the New England Power Pool and is interconnected with other New England utilities to the south and with the New Brunswick Power Corporation to the north.

— Source: Bangor Hydro-Electric Company website
    http://www.bhe.com/about/news_action.cfm?news_id=31






2000 June 30

N.S. Power Buys Bangor Hydro-Electric

Deal Worth US$206,000,000 or C$305,000,000

Bangor, Maine — Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. has been sold to NS Power Holdings, the parent company of Nova Scotia Power, for $26.50 per share or $206,000,000. (All money figures here are in U.S. dollars, except where stated otherwise.)

The deal, announced Friday, June 30th, pays stockholders cash for the nearly 7.4 million shares and warrants. Warrants are options to buy outstanding stock at a set price.

No proceeds from the sale will be used to reduce Bangor Hydro's debt or electric rates, which are the highest in the state, said David Mann, president and chief executive officer of NS Power.

Municipal Warrants

Among the largest benefactors from the sale will be about 120 municipalities in Bangor Hydro's service territory which will share about $21.3 million when they exercise their 825,000 warrants, said Robert S. Briggs, president and chief executive officer of Bangor Hydro.

The other chief benefactor is FMR Corp. of Boston, owners of Fidelity Investments, which owns 10 percent of the utility's shares as a holder for other investors, Briggs said.

The municipalities received the warrants in 1998 when Bangor Hydro restructured its contract with Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. for the price it was paying for energy output from PERC's waste incinerator.

Together PERC and the towns initially received 2 million warrants, with about 1.5 million still not exercised. In exchange, the municipalities guaranteed the amount of waste tonnage they would ship to the plant for use as fuel, said Andrew Landry, an attorney for Bangor Hydro.

If the towns collectively exercise their warrants, they will be able to purchase the outstanding shares at $7 each regardless of the day's trading price. Then they can sell them to NS Power at $26.50 after the merger receives the required regulatory approval. The difference is $19.50 per share before exercise costs, said Briggs, noting that towns probably will stabilize trash rates with their proceeds. "That is, in essence, a benefit to customers," he said.

A municipal review committee, set up at Eastern Maine Development Corp., is handling the warrants, said Bangor City Manager Ed Barrett.

Major Warrant Owners

The city of Bangor holds slightly more than 16 percent of the 825,000 warrants, Landry said. Bangor's proceeds before brokerage fees would be nearly $2.6 million.

Other major warrant holders include the Mount Desert Island region at 8 percent, Waterville at 7 percent, and Brewer and the Midcoast sewer and water district at about 5 percent each.

Major PERC member communities that did not sign on to the original Bangor Hydro agreement and never held warrants are Newport, Ellsworth and Pittsfield, Landry said.

Bangor Hydro — Old Maine Company

Bangor Hydro, a Maine company that is more than 100 years old, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of NS Power Holdings. The name of the company will not be changed nor will the company's primary operations. Bangor Hydro will continue to deliver power, which many customers are buying through the utility under state-established standard offer service.

Bangor Hydro was mandated to sell its generators under the state's restructuring of the electricity markets. Under restructuring Bangor Hydro became solely a transmission and distribution company. Bangor Hydro now is required to purchase power from outside sources to provide electricity to standard-offer customers in its territory.

Bangor Hydro did not purchase electricity from Nova Scotia Power to meet its standard offer obligations, Briggs said.

Briggs said no employees will lose their jobs at this time. "There's no decisions yet about that," he said.

Briggs and other corporate officers will continue to run Bangor Hydro, Mann said, and no decision has been made on whether their roles will be expanded within NS Power.

N.S. Power Larger Than Bangor Hydro

NS Power Holdings is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Its primary business is Nova Scotia Power, an integrated electricity generator and transmission and distribution company with more than 440,000 customers and $2,900,000,000 Canadian in assets.

Bangor Hydro has 192,000 customers and assets of $544,000,000 (about C$810,000,000).

The proposed purchase of Bangor Hydro is NS Power's first U.S. acquisition. The company also has a financial interest in the Maritimes and Northeast natural gas pipeline which is being installed through Maine.

NS Power will not be allowed to generate electricity in Maine because of the state's electrical restructuring rules.

Bangor Hydro's stock was up $8.44 Friday, closing at $23.44.

Deal Part of Trend

The merger follows a trend in the restructuring of state electricity markets. Under government-mandated deregulation, companies that once made and delivered electricity were told to sell their generators but keep and maintain the transmission lines. Maine's electrical restructuring started March 1st, 2000.

With limited options to make money, transmission companies are merging with larger holding firms to bring efficiencies or economies of scale to their operations, and to obtain the capital to extend their interests into other products.

That was the intent of the merger between CMP Group, owners of Central Maine Power Co., and Energy East. Only one regulatory group has not yet approved the merger. The Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to rule in July.

Under electrical restructuring, Bangor Hydro decided to explore its "strategic alternatives" — to combine resources with another company or to remain a stand-alone transmission and distribution company. "Obviously the trend is to do the former, combine resources and whatnot," Briggs said.

Bangor Hydro officials sought buyers, and hinted that they had more than one suitor. "I can't tell you [who the others were] because I'm not at liberty to tell you," Briggs said.

"We don't know any of the details, but we're sure there were," Mann said. "It was a competitive competition."

40% Acquisition Premium

NS Power is paying 1.4 times book value for Bangor Hydro, Mann said. The deal will be financed through a long-term bank loan.

The company will not repay the loan by raising rates but through savings arrived at by making the merged operations more efficient, he said.

"We would not be increasing rates to pay the acquisition premium," Mann said. The acquisition premium is the difference between the asking price and book value.

"For the moment, we will follow the philosophy we have in Nova Scotia — stable rates," Mann said.

"The standard is that [the merger] doesn't have to benefit any constituencies, just that they aren't worse off," Briggs said.

NS Power has not raised its electric rates in three years, he said, and plans on keeping them at their current level for the next two years.

The company is hoping for a smooth review of its purchase agreement with the Maine Public Utilities Commission, one of many regulatory approvals that are needed for the merger to be completed.

Precedent Has Been Set

Both Briggs and Mann said a precedent had been set by the PUC for the repayment of acquisition premiums in its approval of the $957 million merger between CMP Group and Energy East last December.

The PUC agreed to allow recovery of the $400 million CMP acquisition premium through operational savings instead of passing on the savings to ratepayers, said PUC senior analyst Phil Lindley.

"The long and the short of it is that's a public policy decision that's been made," Mann said.

Lindley said that although the PUC usually follows precedents, it depends on the details of the merger agreement. "It's going to be a case-by-case thing," Lindley said. "It's not the standard."

Highest Rates in Maine

Bangor Hydro's customers pay the highest rates for power delivery and they pay the highest standard offer price in the state, said Steve Ward, the state's public advocate.

The price is nearly 14 cents per kilowatt hour, while Central Maine Power customers pay almost 12 cents.

Ward was in opposition to the CMP-Energy East merger because of how the acquisition costs were going to be recovered. He said he believed that any savings realized through increased efficiencies because of the merger should be passed on to customers by lowering rates.

He said he will be watching how NS Power plans to repay the acquisition premium, and will fight it if it or any other part of the deal is not in the best interest of residential customers, he said.

Buxton's Role

One person who helped NS Power negotiate the merger with Bangor Hydro was Anthony Buxton, a Portland attorney who was opposed to the deal between CMP and Energy East. Buxton, like Ward, was against CMP's repayment plan for the acquisition premium.

Now, he believes the PUC's ruling on repayment will help the Nova Scotia company.

Briggs said Buxton was approached because the Nova Scotia company needed the assistance of a Maine attorney with regulatory experience.

Buxton also is attorney for the Industrial Energy Consumers Group, a coalition of the state's high-volume power users, who could see benefits from the merger through price deals with the holding company.

Buxton said he approached IECG for approval to assist NS Power before accepting the work. He also said there is not a conflict in representing both under the Maine Code of Professionalism for attorneys.

Stockholders Benefit

Besides towns and Fidelity Investments, other stockholders will financially benefit from the merger.

Briggs and other corporate officers do not have any options to buy outstanding stock, and will not experience a financial windfall from the deal, according to company proxy statements filed at the SEC. There are provisions for the officers to receive bonuses for work performance.

The officers and the utility's board of directors will be paid $26.50 for their shares.

Briggs and his family own more than 6,000 shares, and Bangor Hydro vice president Carroll Lee owns 1,929 shares. Mann said the proposed merger is a good fit because of the proximity of the two markets, and a similarity in business practices.

Difficult to Sell Longtime Maine Company

"Although there's an international border, I've never really seen it as a barrier," he said. "After all, we're neighbors."

Briggs agrees, although he said it's difficult to sell a longtime Maine business to anyone, whether from California, England or Alabama. "There's a certain amount of emotion when you think about selling a company at all," he said. "They may be Canadian but they are closer than a lot of folks."

[Bangor Daily News, 1 July 2000]
    http://www.bangornews.com/

Bangor Hydro is an electric utility serving a population of about 192,000 in an area encompassing approximately 5,275 square miles 13,660 square kilometres in eastern and east coastal Maine. Bangor Hydro is a member of the New England Power Pool and is interconnected with other New England utilities to the south and with the New Brunswick Electric Power Corporation to the north.
Source:
    http://www.bhe.com/about/body_news_000427.html


Bangor Hydro-Electric Company shares trade in the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BGR. NS Power Holdings Incorporated shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NSH.

Reference:
Emera press release NS Power Holdings Inc. to purchase Bangor Hydro
    http://www.emera.com/news/detail2092.html



Bangor Hydro Announces Agreement
to Merge With NS Power Holdings, Inc.

Bangor, Maine — Bangor Hydro-Electric Company [NYSE: BGR] announced today (June 30th, 2000) that the company has entered into a definitive merger agreement with NS Power Holdings Inc. [TSE: NSH] of Halifax, Nova Scotia, pursuant to which NSH will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Bangor Hydro for US$26.50 per share in cash. After the closing of the merger, each of Bangor Hydro's outstanding warrants to purchase common stock will entitle the holder to receive US$26.50 in cash, less the exercise price. The equity market value of the transaction is approximately $206 million. The transaction will take the form of a merger of Bangor Hydro with a U.S. corporate subsidiary to be formed by NSH. Upon completion of the merger, Bangor Hydro will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of NSH. Bangor Hydro's outstanding debt and preferred stock will not be affected by the transaction.

The transaction is subject to a number of approvals, including the approval of Bangor Hydro's shareholders and regulatory approvals from the Maine Public Utilities Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accomplishment of the approvals necessary for closing is expected to take 9 to 12 months.

Management, operations and employment at Bangor Hydro will be largely unaffected by the merger. The merger is part of NSH's strategy to grow its business beyond its current borders. Bangor Hydro will operate as a standalone division of NSH, and will be the base for NSH to launch other initiatives in this region. The companies will share best practices learned from their respective utility system operations.

"Besides the value achieved for our shareholders," said Robert S. Briggs, President of Bangor Hydro, "this transaction is good for Bangor Hydro's people and the communities we serve." Bangor Hydro will become part of a larger organization with greater resources, yet retain its name and identity, continue its historic record of community involvement and support, and continue to promote economic development in the region. "This transaction is beneficial for all of our constituents," said Briggs, "our shareholders, our customers, the Bangor Hydro people and the communities in which we live and work."

"Nova Scotia and Maine are good neighbors, with similar geography and service environments," said David Mann, President and Chief Executive Officer of NSH. "NS Power already has business interests in Maine through our ownership stake in the Maritimes & Northeast pipeline, so this transaction is a natural fit for us."

Salomon Smith Barney Inc. acted as financial advisor to Bangor Hydro in the transaction. BMO Nesbitt Burns acted as financial advisor for NSH.

Source: Bangor Hydro press release, 30 June 2000
Bangor Hydro Announces Agreement to Merge With NS Power Holdings, Inc.
    http://www.bhe.com/about/body_news_000630.html

Reference:
Bangor Hydro-Electric Company website at http://www.bhe.com/





2000 July 17

Emera Incorporated

At the 2000 Annual Meeting, the shareholders of NS Power Holdings Incorporated voted to change the name of the company to Emera Incorporated. On Monday, July 17, 2000, the company's shares began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange as Emera under the symbol EMA. Before the name change, the company had been trading under the symbol NSH.

"Our new name reflects the diversity of our energy business", said David Mann, President and CEO of Emera Inc. "Our subsidiary Nova Scotia Power is the principal electric utility in Nova Scotia. But now Emera is delivering much more than electricity, and our energy operations are serving customers well beyond Nova Scotia. "We have expanded our energy product line to include heavy and light fuel oil, diesel and industrial lubricants," noted Mann. "Our investment in the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline and the acquisition of Bangor Hydro-Electric Company extend Emera's business and customer base into New Brunswick and the northeastern United States. Our new name — a combination of energy, sea and era — will be the umbrella identity for our customers, employees and operations of our growing energy related interests."

Emera Inc. is a diversified energy and services company, with 440,000 customers and $2,900,000,000 billion in assets. Its wholly-owned operating subsidiary, Nova Scotia Power Inc., is a regulated electric utility that supplies over 95% of the electric generation, transmission and distribution in Nova Scotia. Emera also delivers bunker oil, diesel fuel and light fuel oil through its unregulated subsidiaries, and has a 12.5 per cent interest in the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, which delivers Sable Island natural gas to markets in Maritime Canada and the northeastern United States. On June 30, 2000, Emera announced it will acquire all of the common shares of Bangor Hydro-Electric Company (BGR on the New York Stock Exchange), a regulated electric transmission and distribution business operating in Maine. The transaction is valued at approximately $305,000,000, and is subject to BGR shareholder, and regulatory, approval.

Sources:
Emera news release, 17 July 2000 http://www.emera.com/news/detail2148.html
The Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 18 July 2000

Reference:
Emera Inc. website http://www.emera.com/
Emera news releases http://www.emera.com/news/index.html





Emera adds to wind holdings - Firm now owns Digby Neck wind farm Halifax Chronicle Herald, 3 February 2010
Nova Scotia Power Inc.'s parent company has gobbled up the remaining interests in a 20-turbine wind farm in Digby Neck. Emera Inc. announced Tuesday (2 Feb 2010) that it has purchased 100 per cent of the shares Scotian WindFields Inc. had in the project.  Emera purchased the other half of the project in November 2009 from SkyPower Corp., which entered into creditor protection when owner Lehman Brothers Holding Inc. went bankrupt.  "As we moved through that process, we started into meetings and discussions with Scotian.  We ended up purchasing their interest as well," said Emera spokeswoman Sasha Irving... Emera finalized the purchase of Scotian Windfields on February 1st. The deal includes a development agreement that will see Scotian Windfields continue to work on the project in an unspecified capacity.  Development costs on the Digby wind project were about $19.1 million when SkyPower filed for creditor protection in August 2009.  The company also paid US$16.2 million towards the cost of purchasing 20 wind turbines from General Electric Co.  The total cost of purchasing the turbines is about US$41.1 million, according to court documents.  Dan Roscoe, chief operating officer of Scotian Windfields, said the project can now move toward completion.  "We think this is a very positive move for our investors for what we had invested in to this project," he said Tuesday (2 Feb 2010)... The Digby wind project includes a 20-year power purchase agreement with Nova Scotia Power.  The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.  Last month, the utility announced it was spending $28 million to kick-start a stalled wind power project in Point Tupper.  Under the agreement, Renewable Energy Services Ltd. of Lower Sackville will build and operate the wind farm in Richmond County and Nova Scotia Power will have a 49 per cent interest.  Last year, Nova Scotia Power purchased the $120-million Nuttby Mountain project in Colchester County from EarthFirst Canada Inc. of Calgary.  The project had stalled due to the global credit crisis.





 

Labrador: Lower Churchill Muskrat Falls
generating plant proposal, 2010


Labrador: Lower Churchill Muskrat Falls generating plant proposal, 2010
Lower Churchill Muskrat Falls generating plant proposal, 2010

Under the agreement with Emera announced on 17 November 2010, Nalcor will build the first phase of the Lower Churchill project, an 800-megawatt site at Muskrat Falls in Labrador, and the two companies will transmit the electricity to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia by underwater cable.  Nova Scotia Power Company – a subsidiary of Emera – will purchase some 20 per cent of the Muskrat Falls output for 35 years at a firm price.

[boldface emphasis added]

— Source: Globe and Mail page B6, 18 Nov 2010




Nalcor to provide Emera with approximately one terawatt hour per year for a term of 35 years.  Emera will be granted transmission rights on the Maritime Link sufficient to deliver the Nova Scotia Block.  All remaining Maritime Link transmission rights will be held by NalcorEmera will provide Nalcor with transmission rights from Cape Breton to the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick border up to Nalcor's capacity on the Maritime Link.  Nalcor will pay the Nova Scotia transmission tariff.  Nalcor will be provided use of Emera's transmission rights to transmit power through New Brunswick with Nalcor paying the associated transmission tariff when used by Nalcor.  If these rights cannot be acquired or extended, Emera will purchase the power Nalcor would have sold through New Brunswick.  Alternatively, at Nalcor's option, Emera will provide Nalcor with the opportunity to acquire or use 300 MW of firm transmission if proposed Nova Scotia-New Brunswick transmission line is constructed...

[boldface emphasis added]

— Source: Backgrounder - Nalcor Energy and Emera Inc. Term Sheet




Emera and Nalcor Energy have concluded agreement on a term sheet for the parties to bring energy from the Lower Churchill Project to Newfoundland and Labrador as well as to consumers in the Maritime provinces and New England.  Chris Huskilson, President and CEO, Emera Inc. and Ed Martin, President and CEO, Nalcor Energy, made the announcement today (18 November 2010).  They were joined by Premier Danny Williams of Newfoundland and Labrador and Premier Darrell Dexter Nova Scotia.  Nalcor will build generating facilities at Muskrat FallsEmera and Nalcor will jointly develop transmission in Newfoundland and Labrador to enable the movement of Lower Churchill energy through a joint venture that is 71% owned by Nalcor and 29% by Emera which will establish a new, regulated transmission utility in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Nova Scotia Power will develop agreements with Nalcor to build subsea transmission between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia in return for 20% of the energy from Muskrat Falls for 35 years.  This subsea transmission (the Maritime Link) will be 100% owned by Nova Scotia Power.  The total investment by all parties into the project would be C$6.2 billion.  Nalcor would invest $2.9 billion for the Muskrat Falls generation facility.  The transmission link from Labrador to the island of Newfoundland will cost $2.1 billion and Emera is investing approximately $600 million.  The Maritime Link connecting the island of Newfoundland to Nova Scotia is expected to cost $1.2 billion which will be funded 100% by Emera.  Agreements resulting from this term sheet are subject to a number of conditions including final approval of the Boards of Directors of Emera and Nalcor Energy and by regulators in the provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador...

[boldface emphasis added]

— Source: Emera Inc. media release 18 Nov 2010



Churchill Falls, Labrador c.1969
Geological Survey of Canada

Lower Churchill Project Nalcor Energy

The 13 formal agreements signed by
Nalcor Energy and Emera Inc. on 31 July 2012


Nalcor Energy
Nalcor Energy Wikipedia

Lower Churchill Project: Backgrounder - Nalcor Energy and Emera Inc. Term Sheet
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Lower Churchill Project: Backgrounder – Agreement with Innu Nation of Labrador
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Lower Churchill Project to Become a Reality;
Province Signs Partnership Agreement with Emera Inc. for Development of Muskrat Falls

Media release, 18 Nov 2010

Brinco: The story of Churchill Falls
(book) by Philip Smith, 1975


Making Best Use of the Lower Churchill:
The Muskrat Falls Development

by David A. Vardy, August 2011

“...At this point in time it is difficult to undertake effective
marketing, when the most cost effective transportation
route (through Quebec) is precluded.  The Province of
Newfoundland and Labrador should be free to choose
between the Quebec versus the so-called Anglo-Saxon
routes on the basis of cost.  If the Quebec route were
an available option and if the cost were substantially
less than the cost of the Anglo-Saxon route, with two
submarine (underwater) crossings, then Newfoundland
and Labrador might elect to maximize its economic rent
by selling all Lower Churchill power west, meeting the
energy requirements of the Island from facilities entirely
located on the Island.  When this choice is unavailable
the Province is left with only one possible wheeling option
to market energy surplus to its needs.  Clearly there is a
case for the exercise of national policy to ensure that
efficient choices are made, within a free trade environment...”


Presentation to the Public Utilities Board in
the Matter of the Muskrat Falls Reference

by Ron Penney and David Vardy, February 2012

“...the Muskrat Falls development is the most significant
electrical generation and transmission project undertaken by
the province (of Newfoundland and Labrador) in fifty years...”
“...We are not opposed in principle to the project.
Our main concerns are with the process and whether
Muskrat Falls is the best option either now or later...”


Planning for Prosperity:
Building Canada's Low-Carbon Growth Plan

National Round Table on
the Environment and the Economy

“...In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Muskrat Falls hydroelectricity
project is slated to come into production by 2017, and is intended
to replace existing fossil fuel generation in that province, in Nova
Scotia and potentially through into the rest of the Maritimes...”


Independent Review of Manitoba Hydro Export
Power Sales and Associated Risks

4.2.6 Construction Costs, Infrastructure Damage...
Capital Investment, Inflation Risks, and Cost Overruns

The above were recommended by Pat Bates in his article
Muskrat Falls: Ratepayers Need Clear-eyed Perspective
in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 5 September 2012



Emera Inc.
Nova Scotia Power Inc.

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Ferry across Strait of Belle Isle (Labrador Straits) Labrador Marine Inc.
Red Bay National Historic Site (Strait of Belle Isle) Parks Canada
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Cabot Strait Telegraph Cable, 1856
Coastal Charts for Atlantic Canada
Marine Atlantic Wikipedia

Churchill Falls Nalcor Energy
Churchill Falls Generating Station Wikipedia
Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation Wikipedia
(1) Full text of "Power Contract between the Quebec Hydro-electric Corporation and Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation" 12 May 1969
(2) Full text of "Power Contract between the Quebec Hydro-electric Corporation and Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation" 12 May 1969
(3) Full text of "Power Contract between the Quebec Hydro-electric Corporation and Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation" 12 May 1969
Power Politics and Questions of Political Will: A History of Hydroelectric Development in Labrador's Churchill River Basin, 1949-2002 Royal Commission Report, March 2003
The Origins of a Coming Crisis: Renewal of the Churchill Falls Contract Dalhousie Law Journal, Spring 2007
The Churchill Falls Contract and Why Can't Newfoundlanders Get Over It Policy Options, September 2010
Churchill Falls paper published in national public policy magazine
The infamous Churchill Falls hydro agreement Montreal Gazette 20 Dec 2005
Quebec's shameless exploitation of Newfoundland gets worse National Post 23 Nov 2010
Churchill Falls Wikipedia
Churchill River Wikipedia


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October 13th 1974, Labrador – work finishes on the
Churchill Falls hydroelectric power station, begun
in 1967 after years of complicated negotiations,
including the federal government having to mediate
a land dispute between the Quebec and Newfoundland
governments over ownership of the facility's territory.
While Daniel Johnson was in power, Hydro-Quebec finally
agreed to underwrite the venture, and in exchange for
doing so received and receives energy from the station
at a privileged rate for 40 years until 2016.






Labrador: Lower Churchill Muskrat Falls generating plant proposal, 2010
Labrador: Lower Churchill Muskrat Falls generating plant proposal, 2010
Lower Churchill Muskrat Falls generating plant proposal, 2010
— Source: Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project Nalcor Energy


Labrador: Lower Churchill Muskrat Falls generating plant proposal, 2010
Labrador: Lower Churchill Muskrat Falls generating plant proposed location, 2010
Lower Churchill Muskrat Falls generating plant proposed location, 2010

Location:   53°14'46"N   60°46'39"W






Eureka Power Company Limited

Pictou County




 

Gaspereaux River Light, Heat & Power Company Limited

Kings County
Incorporated March 3, 1920, by C.H. Wright and R.A. Jodrey, both of Wolfville.

In 1917, electric power service in the town of Wolfville, supplied by the Acadia Electric Light Company in Wolfville was far from satisfactory.  The Wolfville Board of Trade (whose secretary, incidentally, was George C. Nowlan, a federal cabinet minister forty years later) decided somebody had to do something about the electricity supply in Wolfville.  It asked two of the sharpest young businessmen around town to investigate the Gaspereau River as a power source.

They were Charles H. Wright, a capable and popular building contractor, and Roy A. Jodrey, farmer, apple speculator, and fair-haired boy of the W.H. Chase organization.  L.E. Shaw, a brick manufacturer who was also president of the Wolfville Board of Trade, wrote many years later that Jodrey and Wright "never came back to report.  They found more than we had anticipated."

Wright and Jodrey found a waterfall, formed a company (Gaspereaux River Light, Heat & Power Company), built a dam (at Stivers Falls), installed a powerhouse, and built electric transmission lines out across the Annapolis Valley...

No one is precisely sure about the construction schedule of the dam, powerhouse, and pulpworks that Wright and Jodrey built at Stivers Falls, White Rock, Kings County, but two facts are known:

      • Wright and Jodrey got provincial approval for the dam on June 15, 1917.  Charlie Wright had his plans ready, and, that day, work began on construction of the dam.

      • The hydroelectric generating plant began to operate on February 25, 1920.  By May 1920, it was producing electric power for Wolfville, Greenwich, and Port Williams...
Source:   Excerpted from pages 114, 118 and 119, The Story of R.A. Jodrey, Entrepreneur (book), by Harry Bruce, McClelland and Stewart, 1979


How Electricity came to the eastern Valley, Kings County Advertiser, March 2009
How Electricity came to the eastern Valley
Kings County Advertiser, 24 March 2009



In 1926, the Gaspereaux River Light, Heat & Power Company was sold to the Avon River Power Company.




Today, in 2014, Charlie Wright's dam at Stivers Falls still stands as solid as ever, and still produces daily revenue for the current owner, Nova Scotia Power Inc.  It was built originally in 1917-19 to impound water to form the head pond* for the Stivers Falls generating plant.  The Stivers Falls plant was demolished in the late 1940s, and was replaced by the modern White Rock generating plant, completed in 1950.  The head pond for the modern White Rock generating plant is the same body of water that originally was the Stivers Falls head pond.  Charlie Wright's dam today impounds the water that flows from the dam site along the White Rock canal to supply water to drive the turbine in the White Rock generating plant.

*NOTE:  A "head pond" is the body of water located behind a hydroelectric dam, which is used for the generation of electricity.  All hydroelectric generating plants require two separate bodies of water that exist at different elevations.  Each hydroelectric generating plant is driven by the power of falling water – the water falling from the elevation of the head pond to the lower elevation of the "tail pond" or "tailrace".  Water from the head pond enters a large pipe, often called a "penstock," that carries it downward to the turbine.  As the water confined in the penstock falls under the influence of gravity, its pressure within the pipe increases substantially — at the rate of about one additional pound per square inch for each 2.3 feet [9.80kPa per metre] of vertical distance measured downward from the surface of the head pond.  It is the pressure of this water that drives the turbine that drives the electric generator.  After the water passes through the turbine it is released into the tail race. The power that can be generated by any hydroelectric plant is determined by just two facts: the available "head" (the vertical distance between the head pond surface and the tailrace surface) multiplied by the quantity of water available (measured in gallons per second, or litres per second, or cubic feet per second, or cubic metres per second, or a similar measure of flow rate).





 

Gaspereaux Valley Electric Light Company Limited

Kings County
Incorporated March 3, 1920, by C.H. Wright and R.A. Jodrey, both of Wolfville.

On July 29, 1920, the Gaspereaux Valley EL Company applied to the Public Utilities Board for authority to issue 800 shares valued at ten dollars each, to get $8,000 to build six miles ten km of power line between the Stivers Falls powerhouse at White Rock and the village of Gaspereau.
Source:   Excerpted from page 120, The Story of R.A. Jodrey, Entrepreneur (book), by Harry Bruce, McClelland and Stewart, 1979




In 1931, the Gaspereaux Valley EL Co. was sold to the Avon River Power Company.





Gaspereaux Valley Electric Light & Power Company Limited

Kings County




Gold River Mines & Power Company Limited

Lunenburg County

NSL 1905 chapter 136 — Act to incorporate the Gold River Mines & Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1906 chapter 168 — Amendment

The Gold River Mines & Power Co. was incorporated under 5 Edw. VII c. 136, passed by the Nova Scotia Legislature on 7 April 1905.





Grafton Electric Light & Power Company Limited

Kings County




Guysboro Heat, Light & Power Company Limited






Habitant Electric Light Company Limited

Service area: In Kings County, Habitant and vicinity (about two km east from Canning)

The Habitant Electric Light Company Limited was incorporated in 1921. 

The Habitant EL Company never generated electric power, it bought its electricity wholesale from the Canning Water Commission's electric system.

On 21 August 1941, the Public Utilities Board gave official approval for the sale of Habitant Electric Light Company to the Avon River Power Company of Windsor, then a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nova Scotia Light & Power Company of Halifax.  The sale price was $800.
Source: Public Utilities Board Annual Report, 1941, pages 82-88

See note 3




Halifax Development Company Limited

NSL 1913 chapter 141 — Act to authorize the Halifax Development Co. Ltd. to erect poles and wires
NSL 1913 chapter 142 —





Halifax Electric Light Company Limited

NSL 1881 chapter 58 — Act to incorporate the Halifax Electric Light Co. Ltd.





 

Halifax Electric Tramway Company Limited

NSL 1895 chapter 107 — Act to incorporate the Halifax Electric Tramway Co. Ltd.
NSL 1896 chapter   87 — Amendment
NSL 1897 chapter 92 — Act respecting amalgamation of Halifax Gas light Co. with People's Heat & Light Co.
NSL 1902 chapter 180 — Act to amend chapter 107 of 1895
NSL 1906 chapter   66 — Act respecting taxation by City of Halifax
NSL 1911 chapter   11 — Of Street Railway Companies
NSL 1912 chapter 209 —
NSL 1912 chapter   78 —
NSL 1913 chapter 194 —

More about the Halifax Electric Tramway Co.
Also see: Halifax Street Railway Co.
Also see: Halifax Gas Light Co. Ltd.

Electric Streetcars Begin Operating in Halifax
13 February 1896

"The first trolley car started out on February 13, 1896," according to a technical paper Halifax Electric Tramway Plant and Steam Engineering read on May 7, 1907, by Philip A. Freeman, Chief Engineer of the Halifax Electric Tram Company, before the Nova Scotia Society of Engineers.  It is unclear whether this was a test run or the beginning of regular service, but it is certain that the electric street railway was able to operate at least one car on the track on this day, meaning that the electric generating plant was operational, and the track and overhead trolley wire were in place and able to perform their intended functions.




There are very few soft coal regions where so little use has been made of coal gas and coke as is the case in Nova Scotia, notwithstanding that Nova Scotian coals are particularly suitable for gas manufacture, and are "fat" coals, yielding a larger percentage of by-products than any Canadian coals.  The gas works of the Halifax Electric Tramway Company in Halifax, and the Yarmouth Fuel Gas Company, are the only gas works in the Province of Nova Scotia.
Source:— page 37 The Coal-Fields and Coal Industry of Eastern Canada, A General Survey and Description
by Francis W. Gray, Canada Department of Mines, 1917





Halifax Gas Consumers' Company

NSL 1872 chapter 94 — Act to incorporate the Halifax Gas Consumers' Co.





Halifax Gas Light Company

NSL 1840 chapter   16 — Act to incorporate the Halifax Gas Light & Water Co.
NSL 1844 chapter   72 — Change name to Halifax Gas Light Co.
NSL 1857 chapter   71 —
NSL 1863 chapter   70 —
NSL 1864 chapter   64 —
NSL 1867 chapter   78 —
NSL 1874 chapter   85 —
NSL 1881 chapter   60 —
NSL 1887 chapter 123 —
NSL 1888 chapter 118 —
NSL 1889 chapter 122 —
NSL 1897 chapter   92 — Act respecting amalgamation with the Peoples' Heat & Light Co.

Also see: Halifax Electric Tramway Co. Ltd.
Also see: Halifax Gas Light & Water Co.
Also see: Peoples' Heat & Light Co. Ltd.




Halifax Gas Light & Water Company

NSL 1840 chapter 16 — Act to incorporate the Halifax Gas Light & Water Co.
NSL 1841 chapter 19 — Amendment
NSL 1844 chapter 72 — Change name to Halifax Gas Light Co.

Also see: Halifax Gas Light Co.




Halifax Power Company Limited

NSL 1911 chapter 113 — Act to incorporate Canadian Tungsten Mines Ltd.
NSL 1912 chapter 187 — Amendment
NSL 1912 chapter 188 — Amendment
NSL 1913 chapter 173 — Amendment
NSL 1914 chapter 182 — Amendment
NSL 1914 chapter 183 — Amendment
NSL 1915 chapter   94 — Amendment
NSL 1917 chapter   88 — Act to authorize the City of Halifax to hold shares in the Halifax Power Co. Ltd. and to lend money thereto
NSL 1919 chapter   83 — Act to authorize and confirm agreement between City of Halifax and the Halifax Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1919 chapter   84 — Amendment

Also see: Canadian Tungsten Mines Ltd.

In 1911 a company was incorporated under the name of The Canadian Tungsten Mines Limited, which name was afterwards changed more than once, and in 1913 it was called The Halifax Power Company Limited.  The company proposed to develop a water power site at St. Margaret's Bay, by damming the waters of North East River and diverting them into the bed of Indian River, the latter being dammed at various places.
Source:   Excerpted from the decision of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court dated 18 September 1913, on the appeal of Miller versus Halifax Power Co. Ltd. and Thomson versus Halifax Power Co. Ltd., as reported on pages 394-408 of the Eastern Law Reporter, volume XIII number 5, 24 December 1913, published by the Carswell Company, Toronto.




A project called the St. Margaret's Bay hydroelectric system, using the waters of these rivers, was built by the Nova Scotia Power Commission, an agency of the Nova Scotia Government.  This project, which began regular operation in the autumn of 1922, consists of three hydroelectric plants, Mill Lake and Sandy Lake (these two generating plants are in the same building but utilize water from two separate rivers, the Mill Lake plant working under a head of 162 feet 49.4 m and the Sandy Lake plant working under a head of 125 feet 38.1 m), and Tidewater (taking the combined flow from both rivers and working under a head of 91 feet 27.7 m).  The total installed capacity of these plants is 15,700 horsepower 11,700 kW.  In 2008 it is owned and operated by Nova Scotia Power Inc., a subsidiary of Emera Inc.





Halifax Power & Pulp Company Limited

Halifax County: Sheet Harbour and vicinity

In 1933, the PUB officially declared that the Halifax Power & Pulp Company "is a public utility within the scope of the Public Utilities Act".





Hantsport Fruit Basket Company Limited

About 1915-1918, the steam-powered electric generating plant of the Hantsport Fruit Basket Company sold about $2,500 worth of electricity a year, to the town of Hantsport (probably mostly, perhaps all, for street lighting).  The company burned slack coal and wood waste from its wood-working mill.
Source:   Excerpted from page 114, The Story of R.A. Jodrey, Entrepreneur (book), by Harry Bruce, McClelland and Stewart, 1979





Hillaton Electric Light & Power Company Limited

Service area: In Kings County, Hillaton and vicinity (about two km southwest from Canning)

The Hillaton EL&P Company never generated electric power, it bought its electricity wholesale from the Canning Water Commission's electric system.

On 21 August 1941, the Public Utilities Board gave official approval for the sale of Hillaton Electric Light & Power Company to the Avon River Power Company of Windsor, then a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nova Scotia Light & Power Company of Halifax.  The sale price was $350.  At the time of the sale, the Hillaton EL Company served 31 customers.
Source: Public Utilities Board Annual Report, 1941, pages 82-88

See note 3




Inverness Electric Light, Heat & Power Company Limited

NSL 1902 chapter 145 — Act to incorporate the Inverness Electric Light, Heat & Power Co. Ltd.





Island Electric Company Limited






Joggins Coal Company Limited

Also see: Eastern Utilities Ltd.




 

Joggins Coal & Railway Company Limited

Cumberland County: Joggins and vicinity
Also see: Eastern Utilities Ltd.

In November of 1897 the Joggins Coal and Railway Company which was operating a small electric generating plant at their mine offered to provide electricity to light the streets of Joggins.  The only requirement was that the citizens provide the necessary poles, wire and lanterns (electric light fixtures).  This was quite an achievement for a small town at this date as only the major centres had electricity.  The citizens of Joggins were excited about this latest development in their fair town as travel out and about on the wooden sidewalks after dark would now be considerably safer.
Source: History of Joggins by Dara Legere
    http://www.geocities.com/dblegere/home.html





 

Kentville Electric Light & Power Company Limited

Kings County: Kentville and vicinity

NSL 1891 chapter 149 — Act to incorporate the Kentville Electric Light & Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1892 chapter 175 — Amendment
NSL 1902 chapter 187 — To amend chapter 149 of 1891

More about the Kentville EL&P Co.
Also see: Kentville Electric Commission




Kerosene Gas Light Company

NSL 1850 chapter 25 — Act to incorporate the Kerosene Gas Light Co.
NSL 1851 chapter   8 — Amendment





Kingsport Electric Light Company Limited

Service area: In Kings County, Kingsport and vicinity (about five km east from Canning)

On 27 September 1922, the Kingsport EL Co. received approval to issue 30 shares of common stock of par value $100.00 each, to raise $3000 for capital expenditures — the cost of construction of a power line from Habitant to Kingsport and a distribution system in Kingsport.

The Kingsport EL Company never generated electric power, it bought its electricity wholesale from the Habitant Electric Light Company.

On 21 August 1941, the Public Utilities Board gave official approval for the sale of the Kingsport Electric Light Company to the Avon River Power Company of Windsor, then a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nova Scotia Light & Power Company of Halifax.  The sale price was $2,600.
Source: Public Utilities Board Annual Report, 1941, pages 82-88

See note 3




Lawrencetown Light, Heat & Power Company Limited

Annapolis County: Lawrencetown and vicinity




Lockeport Electric Light & Power Company Limited

Shelburne County: Lockeport and vicinity
Act to Incorporate LEL&P passed in 1924.




Logan & Company

Halifax County: Shubenacadie and vicinity




Louisburg Electric, Water & Power Company Limited

(Note: Louisburg is the correct spelling for this company name, not Louisbourg.)

Cape Breton County

NSL 1900 chapter 132 — Act to incorporate the Louisburg Electric, Water & Power Co. Ltd.





Lower Horton Electric Company Limited

Kings County

In 1931, the Lower Horton Electric Co. was sold to the Avon River Power Company.





Lunenburg Gas Company Limited

Lunenburg County

NSL 1889 chapter 133 — Act to incorporate the Lunenburg Gas Co. Ltd.
NSL 1897 chapter 124 — Amendment
NSL 1898 chapter 160 — Amendment

In spite of its name the Lunenburg Gas Company Limited sold electric power, not gas, at least in its later years.





Lunenburg Water, & Electric Light, Heating & Power Company Limited

Lunenburg County

NSL 1888 chapter 117 — Act to incorporate the Lunenburg Water, & Electric Light, Heating & Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1890 chapter 179 — Amendment
NSL 1892 chapter 187 — Amendment
NSL 1894 chapter 104 — Amendment
NSL 1895 chapter 130 — Amendment





Mahone Bay Electric Light & Power Company Limited

Lunenburg County




Maritime Coal, Railway & Power Company Limited

Also see: Eastern Utilities Ltd.




Maritime Fuel & Heating Gas Company Limited

NSL 1889 chapter 134 — Act to incorporate the Maritime Fuel & Heating Gas Co. Ltd.
NSL 1890 chapter 196 — Amendment





Medway Hydro Electric Power Company Limited

The Medway HEP Co. was incorporated 9 August 1919.




Mersey Hydraulic Company Limited






Miller & Gordon Manufacturing Company Limited






Milton Electric Light, Power & Manufacturing Company Limited






Milton Hydro-Electric Company Limited






Morristown Electric Light & Power Company Limited






 

New Glasgow Electric Company Limited

Pictou County

NSL 1887 chapter 102 — An Act to incorporate the New Glasgow Electric Co. Ltd.
NSL 1889 chapter 129 — Amendment, as to construction of Street Railways
NSL 1890 chapter 163 — Amendment, as to Powers of Directors
NSL 1891 chapter 178 — Amendment, as to borrowing money
NSL 1892 chapter 180 — Enacting several amendments
NSL 1893 chapter 182 — Enacting several amendments
NSL 1894 chapter   95 — Enacting several amendments
NSL 1895 chapter 145 — Enacting several amendments
NSL 1895 chapter 146 — Amendment, powers of Directors to borrow money
NSL 1896 chapter 110 — Amendment, limiting time for construction
NSL 1898 chapter 172 — Amendment, time for construction and completion
NSL 1909 chapter 142 — Act to confirm contract between New Glasgow Electric Co. Ltd. and Egerton Tramway Co. Ltd.
NSL 1909 chapter 143 — Amendment and name changed
NSL 1910 chapter 163 — Amendment
NSL 1916 chapter 105 — Amendment

Also see: Egerton Tramway Co. Ltd.
Also see: Pictou County Power Board
        Historical Notes




Thomas G. Nicol

Shelburne County

In 1925, the PUB wrote: Thomas G. Nichol of Mahone Bay... owns and operates a hydroelectric development at Canada Hill (in Shelburne County).  In April 1924 (there seems to be some confusion in these dates) this plant was sold to the Town of Lockeport.





North Sydney Electric Light & Water Company Limited

NSL 1888 chapter 124 — An Act to incorporate the North Sydney Electric Light & Water Co. Ltd.





North Sydney Gas & Electric Light Company Limited

NSL 1882 chapter   80 — An Act to incorporate the North Sydney Gas & Electric Light Co. Ltd.
NSL 1888 chapter 149 — An Act to incorporate anew





North Sydney Water & Electric Company Limited

NSL 1890 chapter 170 — An Act to incorporate the North Sydney Water & Electric Co. Ltd.





Northumberland Light & Power Company Limited






Nova Scotia Electric Light Company Limited

White Rock Mills Tramway

Gaspereaux, Kings County

NSL 1873 chapter   24 — Act to authorize the construction of a Tramway from White Rock Mills, by S.P. Benjamin and others
NSL 1897 chapter 111 — Act to incorporate S.P. Benjamin Co. Ltd.
NSL 1899 chapter 135 — Act to incorporate the Nova Scotia Electric Light Co. Ltd.
NSL 1900 chapter 165 — Amendment, limiting service area to Kings and Annapolis Counties, and respecting sale by S.P. Benjamin Co. Ltd.
NSL 1901 chapter 174 — Amendment
NSL 1902 chapter 171 — Amendment

Also see: S.P. Benjamin Co. Ltd.




Nova Scotia Gas & Electric Light, Fuel & Power Company Limited

NSL 1887 chapter 92 — Act to incorporate the Nova Scotia Gas & Electric Light, Fuel & Power Co. Ltd.





Nova Scotia General Electric Company Limited

NSL 1894 chapter 86 — Act to incorporate the Nova Scotia General Electric Co. Ltd.





Nova Scotia Hydraulic Company Limited

NSL 1910 chapter 160 — Act to incorporate the Nova Scotia Hydraulic Co. Ltd.
NSL 1911 chapter 146 — Amendment





 

Nova Scotia Light & Power Company Limited   1911-1972

Incorporated on 1 January 1914.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 1001082.

More about the Nova Scotia Light & Power Co. Ltd.




Nova Scotia Natural Gas Company Limited

NSL 1913 chapter 190 — Act to incorporate the Nova Scotia Natural Gas Co. Ltd.
NSL 1916 chapter 117 — Amendment





Nova Scotia Power Company Limited  1889

NSL 1889 chapter 135 — Act to incorporate the Nova Scotia Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1890 chapter 193 — Amendment, authorize to purchase property of Halifax Street Railway Co.
NSL 1891 chapter 158 — Amendment
NSL 1892 chapter 184 — Amendment, as to claims upon the Halifax Street Railway Co.




 

Nova Scotia Power Incorporated  1992-

Also see: Nova Scotia Power Corporation (a government-owned company)
Also see: NS Power Holdings Incorporated (a privately-owned company)



Nova Scotia Power Corporation assets sold
to Nova Scotia Power Incorporated

“In 1992 the Province enacted the Nova Scotia Privatization Act, Statutes of Nova Scotia (S.N.S.), chapter 8 pursuant to which Nova Scotia Power Incorporated purchased the assets and undertaking previously used by the Corporation in the production and distribution of electricity.”
—Source: Canada v. Nova Scotia Power Inc.
2003 Federal Court of Appeal, 33


On 12 August 1992, Nova Scotia Power Incorporated (New NSP), a new privately-owned electric utility company, officially bought the assets of Nova Scotia Power Corporation (Old NSP)
—Source: Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 1992 Aug 13




Nova Scotia Power Inc. letter, 20 Jan 1992
Nova Scotia Power Inc. letter
20 January 1992


Nova Scotia Power Inc. begins operation, 13 Aug 1992
Nova Scotia Power Inc. advertisement
Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 13 August 1992

As printed, this ad measured 27.2cm × 40.1cm.



Nova Scotia Power Incorporated (NSPI), a new privately-owned electric utility company, began operating on 13 August 1992, the day after it bought the the assets of Nova Scotia Power Corporation (NSPC), which was wholly owned by the Government of Nova Scotia.

On 12 August 1992, Nova Scotia Power Incorporated (New NSP), a new privately-owned electric utility company, officially bought the assets of Nova Scotia Power Corporation (Old NSP).  As the Halifax Chronicle-Herald reported the next day, Chuck MacNeil, Nova Scotia's Minister of Finance, "tightly clutching a $192,000,000 cheque, joined Premier Don Cameron" and New NSP President Louis Comeau "to officially close the deal to privatize the power utility... The province's $192,000,000 cheque was the government's profit from the sale of $851,000,000 worth of new NSP shares.  The utility received a cheque for $557,000,000... from RBC Dominion Securities, the lead underwriter" of the share sale (RBC is a short form of 'Royal Bank of Canada').

See: An Act to Permit the Corporate Reorganization of Nova Scotia Power Incorporated December 1998
    http://www.canlii.org/ns/laws/sta/1998c.19/20041004/whole.html

Nova Scotia Power Incorporated


Fuel Sources for Electric Power Generation
for the 12 Months of the Calendar Year
  1992
(MWh)
1993
(MWh)
1994
(MWh)
1995
(MWh)
1996
(MWh)
Thermal,
Coal Fired
5,994,000 6,345,600 7,159,700 7,053,100 7,850,300
Thermal,
Oil Fired
2,469,500 2,117,200 1,205,700 1,239,400 608,700
Hydro 875,000 877,600 1,012,000 883,200 1,111,600
Purchased 194,700 218,900 216,200 499,500 254,600
Total Generated
and Purchased
9,533,200 9,559,300 9,593,600 9,675,200 9,825,200
Less: Losses and Internal Use 731,300 665,200 627,700 640,400 679,600
Total Electrical Energy Sold 8,801,900 8,894,100 8,965,900 9,034,800 9,145,600
Source: 1996 Annual Report, Nova Scotia Power Incorporated
[Note: The above figures, for 1 January 1992 to 12 August 1992, are those recorded by the
Nova Scotia Power Corporation (NSPC), the former owner and operator of the electric power
system which was sold to Nova Scotia Power Incorporated (NSPI) on 12 August 1992.]
one MWh = 3,600 MJ
One MWh is usually (1998) worth about $50 to $60
when sold as electricity at wholesale rates.





Nova Scotia Power Incorporated
Number of Customers
Buying Electric Power Service

as of 31 December in Each Year

1992 1993 1994 1995 1996
Residential 365,672 371,270 375,553 380,055 384,856
Commercial 32,143 32,289 32,342 32,383 32,329
Industrial 1,533 1,537 1,581 1,633 1,686
Other 5,518 5,596 5,731 5,892 5,908
Total 404,866 410,692 415,207 419,963 424,779

These numbers do not include customers of the
seven independent municipal electric utilities:
Antigonish, Berwick, Canso, Kentville,
Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, and Riverport.

[Source: 1996 Annual Report, Nova Scotia Power Incorporated]




In July 1996, Halifax lawyer David Mann was appointed president of Nova Scotia Power Incorporated.  Mr. Mann was chosen after then-president Gerry Godsoe died suddenly in the spring of 1996.  Mr. Godsoe had been appointed president in February 1996 after a year-long search to replace longtime president Louis Comeau.  NSP's chairman was Derek Oland.
[Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 14 December 1996]




Early in 1997, NSPI moved its "entire Annapolis Valley operation from Wolfville" to a site in the Annapolis Valley Regional Industrial Park.  Previously, NSPI's Annapolis Valley operation headquarters was situated across from Willow Park in Wolfville, with the 'Valley Shop' electrical maintenance facility at the east end of town opposite Tideways.  Both these buildings were to be closed down, with the downtown facility slated for demolition.  The downtown building was built about 1950 by the Nova Scotia Light & Power Company, before it was absorbed by the Nova Scotia Power Commission, which in time became NSPI.  In January 1997, NSPI employed 33 people in Wolfville; all were moved to the new location and kept their previous jobs.  A 1996 study indicated that 65% of the work done by this operation was located west of Kentville.
[Kentville Advertiser, 28 January 1997]




UARB Power Failure Report
The official report of the Nova Scotia Utilities and Review Board, requested by Premier Russell MacLellan, "into the manner in which Nova Scotia Power Inc. provided service to its customers during Power Outages occurring on its System during the months of November and December 1997."

Recent UARB electric power documents





The 8 April 1998 issue of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald reported that David Mann, President of Nova Scotia Power Inc., got a boost in his paycheque last year.  His salary for 1997 was $335,521, plus a $65,000 bonus, the utility reported in a proxy circular distributed to shareholders before the company's annual meeting slated for April 23, 1998.  This was the first full year of reportable earnings for Mr. Mann since he took over the job on July 22, 1996.  Last year, reported salary earnings for his first five months showed Mr. Mann earned a salary of $130,000, plus a $25,000 bonus.  In addition to his 1997 salary and bonus, Mr. Mann received $3,893 in compensation and is provided with a car and its operating costs, along with membership in three social or recreation clubs.  When Mr. Mann took over the job, NSP provided him a $250,000 loan to help with income liabilities arising from the sale of his partnership shares in his former Halifax law firm, Cox Downie.  He can draw upon this loan in one or more advances, at any time until April 30, 1998.  To date, there have been no advances made against the loan, it was reported in the proxy circular.  Former NSP president Louis Comeau earned a salary of $185,287 in 1995.  Mr. Mann's total pay of more than $400,000 for 1997 tops the salary list of the power utility's executives.  Phil Sidebottom, NSP's vice-president of power production, earned the second-highest salary, a base of $149,770, plus a bonus of $22,500.  The bonus was down from $26,460 the previous year.  Robbie Shaw, vice-president of marketing and customer service, had a salary increase; his base salary rose from $144,997 to $149,615, plus a $24,000 bonus.  Terry MacDonald, vice-president of business development, maintained the same salary, earning $144,999.  However, Mr. MacDonald's bonus nearly doubled, from $17,400 in 1996 to $34,000.  And Murray Coolican, vice-president of public and regulatory affairs, had a salary of $138,000 and a $24,000 bonus.  Derek Oland, president and CEO of Moosehead Breweries, remains as the chairman of the board for NSP and receives a retainer of $50,000 per year.  He does not receive any additional money for attendance at meetings.  Each director is paid $14,000 per year, a fee of $900 for each board, committee and shareholders meeting attended, and $900 if a day's travel time is required to attend such meetings.  Disclosure to shareholders of salaries of a company's top executives and board members is mandatory for all companies trading shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
[Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 8 April 1998]



On 2 December 1998 shareholders approved a proposal to reorganize Nova Scotia Power Inc. to create a holding company structure.  This reorganization allows the regulated utility business of Nova Scotia Power (NSPI) to be held in a corporation separate from other business activities.  On 9 December 1998 the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia ratified the new holding company structure.  On1 January 1999 all NSPI common shareholders exchanged their shares for NS Power Holdings Inc. common shares on a one-for-one basis.
Source: NS Power Holdings Inc. Annual Report 1998
    http://www.emera.com/images/annreport98.pdf


NS Power Holdings Inc. common shares were approved for listing on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges and began trading on 6 January 1999. The company name was changed to Emera Inc. on 17 July 2000.
Source: Emera Inc. Annual Report 2000
    http://www.emera.com/images/annreport00.pdf




14 June 2006
Bowater Mersey Paper Company Limited versus Nova Scotia Power Incorporated
concerning the Interpretation of the Mersey System Agreement... NSUARB-NSPI-P-401.33
        http://canlii.ca/t/1nlj0




8 March 2007
Nova Scotia Power rate decision by UARB: NSUARB-NSPI-P-886
        http://canlii.ca/t/1qsq2




4 August 2009
Approval of Nova Scotia Power Incorporated's Demand Side Management (“DSM”) Plan for 2010 and DSM Rider for 2010 and beyond:  NSUARB-NSPI-P-884(2)
        http://canlii.ca/t/25bsh

Recent UARB electric power documents




                  Nova Scotia Power Inc.
                      Net Peak Load
                Wed.  27 Dec 2006   1810 MW
                Thu.  28 Dec 2006   1895 MW
                Fri.  29 Dec 2006   2016 MW
                Sat.  30 Dec 2006   1881 MW
                Sun.  31 Dec 2006   1846 MW

                Sun.  14 Jan 2007   1840 MW
                Mon.  15 Jan 2007   1979 MW
                Tue.  16 Jan 2007   1968 MW
                Wed.  17 Jan 2007   2144 MW
                Thu.  18 Jan 2007   2086 MW

                Sat.  15 Dec 2007   2115 MW
                Sun.  16 Dec 2007   2020 MW
                Mon.  17 Dec 2007   2046 MW
                Tue.  18 Dec 2007   2021 MW
                Wed.  19 Dec 2007   2111 MW
                Thu.  20 Dec 2007   2115 MW
                Fri.  21 Dec 2007   2021 MW
                Sat.  22 Dec 2007   1902 MW
                Sun.  23 Dec 2007   1747 MW
                Mon.  24 Dec 2007   1583 MW
                Tue.  25 Dec 2007   1530 MW
                Wed.  26 Dec 2007   1600 MW

                Mon.  09 Dec 2013   1818 MW
                Tue.  10 Dec 2013   1653 MW
                Wed.  11 Dec 2013   1846 MW
                Thu.  12 Dec 2013   1931 MW
                Fri.  13 Dec 2013   1847 MW
                Sat.  14 Dec 2013   1947 MW
                Sun.  15 Dec 2013   1902 MW
                Mon.  16 Dec 2013   1889 MW
                Tue.  17 Dec 2013   1843 MW
                Wed.  18 Dec 2013   1837 MW
                Thu.  19 Dec 2013   1858 MW
                Fri.  20 Dec 2013   1743 MW
                Sat.  21 Dec 2013   1614 MW
                Sun.  22 Dec 2013   1719 MW
                Mon.  23 Dec 2013   1671 MW
                Tue.  24 Dec 2013   1568 MW
                Wed.  25 Dec 2013   1643 MW
                Thu.  26 Dec 2013   1722 MW
                Fri.  27 Dec 2013   1704 MW
                Sat.  28 Dec 2013   1691 MW
                Sun.  29 Dec 2013   1662 MW
                Mon.  30 Dec 2013   1640 MW
                Tue.  31 Dec 2013   1817 MW
                Wed.  01 Jan 2014   1892 MW
                Thu.  02 Jan 2014   2118 MW
                Fri.  03 Jan 2014   2015 MW
                Sat.  04 Jan 2014   1862 MW
                Sun.  05 Jan 2014   1688 MW
                Mon.  06 Jan 2014   1671 MW
                Tue.  07 Jan 2014   1905 MW
                Wed.  08 Jan 2014   1909 MW
                Thu.  09 Jan 2014   1840 MW
                Fri.  10 Jan 2014   1925 MW

                Sun.  04 Jan 2015   1701 MW
                Mon.  05 Jan 2015   1708 MW
                Tue.  06 Jan 2015   2002 MW
                Wed.  07 Jan 2015   1907 MW
                Thu.  08 Jan 2015   1968 MW
                Fri.  09 Jan 2015   1874 MW
                Sat.  10 Jan 2015   1756 MW
                Sun.  11 Jan 2015   1769 MW
                Mon.  12 Jan 2015   1694 MW
                Tue.  13 Jan 2015   1833 MW

                Sun.  01 Feb 2015   1860 MW
                Mon.  02 Feb 2015   1963 MW
                Tue.  03 Feb 2015   1866 MW
                Wed.  04 Feb 2015   1888 MW
                Thu.  05 Feb 2015   1661 MW

     “Net load” is the total of “net generated power” for
       all generating plants within the system.
     “Net generated power,” for an individual generator or power plant,
       is the “gross generated power” less “station service.”
     “Gross generated power” is the measured power output at the
       terminals of the generator, either for an individual generator
       or for several generators within one plant.
     “Station service” is the electric power consumed by equipment
       within the generating plant itself.  For hydro plants,
       station service is minimal: a few kilowatts to run the pump
       to provide pressurized oil for the governor, a small air
       compressor, and the plant lights.  For coal-fired steam power
       plants, station service consumes as much as eight percent of
       the generated power, for power to drive conveyor belts, to
       pulverize the coal, to pump large quantities of cooling water,
       to drive the forced draft and induced draft fans, lighting,
       and all the other equipment needed to operate the plant.
     Note: The load on an electric power system is controlled by the
       customers or consumers, not by the electric utility company.




Nova Scotia Power Transmission System Information
Current System Conditions (updated every five minutes)





Nova Scotia Power generators
tops in reliability in 2007

        HALIFAX, Aug. 12 – Nova Scotia Power (NSPI) has among the most reliable electrical generation units in Canada, according to an independent industry analysis.

        Four generators at the Point Tupper, Lingan and Tufts Cove power plants were ranked among the tops in their class in an annual review by the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA).

        "We're very pleased with these results," said Rick Janega, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Nova Scotia Power.  "These results are a tribute to the talented men and women at our generating stations and their dedication to maintaining our systems to ensure reliable service to Nova Scotians."

        The CEA ranked the No. 2 generator at the Point Tupper generating station near Port Hawkesbury as the most reliable fossil fuel unit in Canada.  Point Tupper No. 2 took top place for having both the highest "operating factor" and the "incapability factor."

        "Operating factor" measures the percentage of time an individual unit was running.  For Point Tupper No. 2, that percentage was 98.9%.  The "incapability factor" measures the percentage of time a unit was unable to operate, not counting occasions when the unit was available but didn't operate because it wasn't needed.  Point Tupper's percentage in this category was 1.5%.

        The No. 1 generator at the Lingan generating station, near New Waterford, placed sixth for incapability factor (4.5%) and ninth for operating factor (95.5%).

        Among combustion turbine generators, the No. 4 and 5 units at Tufts Cove in Dartmouth placed first and second for lowest incapability factor (1.2% and 1.3%).  In the operating factor category, Tufts Cove No. 5 was second and No. 4 was third (34.8% and 31.5%).  Combustion turbines are generally only run during times of peak demand.

        Point Tupper No. 2 is a 150 megawatt unit commissioned in 1973.  It originally burned oil, but was converted to coal in 1987.  Lingan No. 1 is a 150 megawatt coal unit that began service in 1979.  The combustion turbines at Tufts Cove both are 50 megawatt units added in 2003 and 2004.  They are fueled by natural gas.

        The CEA report analyzed data from 2007, and included results for 80 fossil fuel units and 29 combustion units.

        — Source: NSP Media release, 12 August 2009




N.S. Power Inc. rate confusion
N.S. Power Inc. rate confusion (items circled in red), November 2013
N.S. Power Inc. rate confusion (items circled in red)
November 2013    (Still displayed in January 2015)

—Source: N.S. Power website
http://tomorrowspower.ca/answer/219/

Reference: Frank #676 page 23, 20 Nov 2013



Nova Scotia Power: A Tidal Pioneer
The Annapolis Tidal Power Plant, diagrams and description





Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Company Limited

Cape Breton County: Sydney Mines

NSL 1902 chapter 178 — Act relating to Electric Light by the Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Co. Ltd.





 

Nova Scotia Tramways & Power Company Limited

Historical Notes

From 1919 to 1924, Nova Scotia Tramways & Power Co. was under the management of Stone & Webster Inc., Boston.

In 1924, Isaac Walton Killam, through the Royal Securities Corporation, bought control of Nova Scotia Tramways & Power Co.

In 1928, Nova Scotia Tramways & Power Company Limited changed its name to Nova Scotia Light & Power Company Limited.





 

NS Power Holdings Incorporated

Incorporated as 3021211 Nova Scotia Limited on 23 July 1998.
Name changed to NS Power Holdings Incorporated on 11 September 1998.
Name changed to Emera Incorporated on 10 July 2000.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3021211.

See: Emera Incorporated

See: An Act to Permit the Corporate Reorganization of Nova Scotia Power Incorporated December 1998
    http://canlii.ca/t/jpd6

Also see: Emera Inc.
Also see: Nova Scotia Power Inc.
On 17 July 2000, the company name NS Power Holdings Inc. was changed to Emera Inc.

NS Power Holdings Incorporated (NSH), a holding company, was incorporated on 23 July 1998.  (A holding company owns shares of other companies.  That's all it does.  A holding company does not own any physical assets and does not operate any business.  NSH owns no generating plants, no transmission lines, and produces no electricity.  NSH owns NSPI, and NSPI owns the generating plants and transmission lines, and produces the electricity.)

Effective 1 January 1999, the common shareholders of Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) exchanged all of their common shares for common shares of NS Power Holdings Inc. on a one-for-one basis.

Nova Scotia Power Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emera Inc., is the dominant electricity supplier in Nova Scotia.  Nova Scotia Power has 440,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers, and assets totaling $2,800,000,000.  NSPI's operations are regulated by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, and include approximately 97% of the generation, 99%of the transmission and 95%of the distribution of electric power throughout Nova Scotia.

The wholly-owned subsidiaries of NS Power Holdings, in January 2000, were:
    Nova Scotia Power Inc.
    Enercom Inc.
    NSP Pipeline Inc.
    NSP U.S. Holdings Inc.
    Strait Energy Inc.
    NS Power Services Inc., and
    Stellarton Basin Coal Gas Inc. (SBCGI).

NSP Pipeline Inc. and NSP U.S. Holdings Inc. own a 12.5% equity investment in Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, which is regulated by the National Energy Board (NEB) in Canada and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the U.S. Enercom Inc. is an unregulated subsidiary which has expanded NSH's energy product line to include distribution of a full range of fuel oil products.

Sources:
The Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 18 and 23 February 2000
and SEDAR   http://www.sedar.com/


NS Power Holdings Incorporated [RJSC ID#3021211] has its registered office at 1894 Barrington Street, Barrington Tower, Scotia Square, Halifax, Nova Scotia.  The company's directors, as of 17 February 2000, were:
•   David McD. Mann, Halifax, Nova Scotia; President and CEO
•   Derek Oland, New River Beach, New Brunswick
•   George A. Caines, Q.C., Halifax, Nova Scotia
•   Purdy Crawford, Q.C., Toronto, Ontario
•   R. Irene d'Entremont, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
•   James K. Gray, Calgary, Alberta
•   Thomas R. Hall, Marble Mountain, Nova Scotia
•   M. Edward MacNeil, Sydney River, Nova Scotia
•   Dr. Elizabeth Parr-Johnston, Fredericton, New Brunswick
•   Kenneth C. Rowe, Halifax, Nova Scotia
•   Rosemary Scanlon, London, England
•   Paul D. Sobey, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
The company's recognized agent is:
Richard J. Smith, Secretary & General Counsel


Nova Scotia Power Incorporated [RJSC ID#1567820] has its registered office at 1894 Barrington Street, Barrington Tower, Scotia Square, Halifax, Nova Scotia.  The company's directors, as of 17 February 2000, were:
•   Paul D. Sobey, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
•   Thomas R. Hall, Marble Mountain, Nova Scotia
•   M. Edward MacNeil, Sydney River, Nova Scotia
•   Derek Oland, New River Beach, New Brunswick
•   Elizabeth Parr-Johnston, Fredericton, New Brunswick
•   Kenneth C. Rowe, Halifax, Nova Scotia
•   Rosemary Scanlon, London, England
•   George A. Caines, Halifax, Nova Scotia
•   R. Irene d'Entremont, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
•   Purdy Crawford, Toronto, Ontario
•   David McD. Mann, Halifax, Nova Scotia; President and CEO
•   James K. Gray, Calgary, Alberta
The company's recognized agent is:
Richard J. Smith, Secretary & General Counsel


Enercom Communications Incorporated [RJSC ID#3028342] (formerly Scotiacom Telecommunications) has its registered office at 1894 Barrington Street, Barrington Tower, Scotia Square, Halifax, Nova Scotia.  The company's directors, as of 17 February 2000, were:
•   Richard J. Smith, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Secretary
•   David McD. Mann, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Chairman and CEO
•   Jay Forbes, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Vice President
•   Wayne J. Crawley, Nova Scotia; Vice President
The company's recognized agent is:
Richard J. Smith, Secretary


Quality Connections Communications Incorporated [RJSC ID#2267629] has its registered office at 1894 Barrington Street, Barrington Tower, Scotia Square, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The company's directors, as of 17 February 2000, were:
•   Richard J. Smith, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Secretary
•   David McD. Mann, Halifax, Nova Scotia
•   Jay Forbes, Halifax, Nova Scotia
•   Wayne J. Crawley, Nova Scotia
The company's recognized agent is:
Richard J. Smith, Secretary


Enercom Mobile Communications [RJSC ID#3039357] has its registered office at 1894 Barrington Street, Barrington Tower, Scotia Square, Halifax, Nova Scotia.  As of 17 February 2000, the RJSC lists no directors.
The company's recognized agent is:
Richard J. Smith


Enovacom [RJSC ID#3039355] has its registered office at 1894 Barrington Street, Barrington Tower, Scotia Square, Halifax, Nova Scotia.  As of 17 February 2000, the RJSC lists no directors.
The recognized agent of this Partnership/Business is:
Richard J. Smith


Stellarton Basin Coal Gas Incorporated [RJSC ID#2230823] has its registered office at 1894 Barrington Street, Barrington Tower, Scotia Square, Halifax, Nova Scotia.  The company's sole director, as of 17 February 2000, was:
•   Richard J. Smith, Halifax, Nova Scotia; President and Secretary
The company's recognized agent is:
Richard J. Smith


Nova Scotia Light and Power Company Limited [RJSC ID#1001082] (previous name Nova Scotia Tramways and Power Company Limited) has its registered office at 1723 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.  The company's directors, as of 17 February 2000, were:
•   A.G. Manuel, Halifax, Nova Scotia; President
•   C.H. Loveless, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Vice President Finance
•   H.W.V. Matthews, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Treasurer
•   James G. Spurr, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Secretary
•   George Perrin, Halifax, Nova Scotia
•   A.L. Bruce, Truro, Nova Scotia
•   J.G. MacDonald, Sydney, Nova Scotia
•   G.J. McCulloch, Windsor Junction, Nova Scotia
•   Barbara Walker, Halifax, Nova Scotia
The company's recognized agent is:
James G. Spurr


Sources:
Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies [RJSC]
    http://www.gov.ns.ca/bacs/rjsc/
and SEDAR   http://www.sedar.com/





C. O'Dell Electric Light Company Limited

Annapolis County

NSL 1898 chapter 149 — Act to incorporate the C. O'Dell Electric Light Co. Ltd.
NSL 1898 chapter 170 — Amendment





Oxford Electric Company Limited






Oxford Electric Light & Power Company Limited






Oxford Water & Power Supply Company Limited

NSL 1896 chapter 97 — Act to incorporate the Oxford Water & Power Supply Co. Ltd.
NSL 1899 chapter 92 — Act to authorize the Village of Oxford to purchase the Water Works of the Oxford Water & Power Supply Co. Ltd.





Cyril L. Parks

Service area: In Hants County, Noel

In a report dated 12 October 1934, the PUB wrote:  Cyril L. Parks, "is the owner of a shingle mill at Noel, and in response to the requests of the people of the Village of Noel, he has entered upon the business of supplying electric energy to the public, and therefore has become a public utility..."





Paradise Electric Company Limited

The Paradise Electric Co. was incorporated on 22 May 1920.





Paradise West Electric Light Company Limited

Service area: In Annapolis County, Paradise West and vicinity.

On 10 November 1922, the Paradise West EL Co. received approval to issue 45 shares of common stock of par value $100.00 each, to raise $4500 to pay the cost of construction of a transmission line and electrical distribution system.





Parrsboro Electric Light Company

Source: Letter N-1 dated 13 July 2012 to UARB from NS Power - page 4 - "Former Substation...located at 47 Willow Street, Parrsboro"
              (available in the UARB website as Exhibit N-1 in Matter Number M05077)




Peoples' Heat & Light Company Limited

NSL 1893 chapter 157 — Act to incorporate the Peoples' Heat & Light Co. Ltd.
NSL 1895 chapter 137 —
NSL 1896 chapter 102 —
NSL 1897 chapter 90 —
NSL 1897 chapter 91 —
NSL 1897 chapter 92 — Act respecting amalgamation of Halifax Gas Light Co. with the Peoples' Heat & Light Co.
NSL 1898 chapter 159 —
NSL 1899 chapter 162 —
NSL 1900 chapter 164 —

Also see: Halifax Electric Tramway Co. Ltd.
Also see: Halifax Gas Light Co.
Also see: Halifax Gas Light & Water Co.




Pereaux Electric Light & Power Company Limited

Service area: In Kings County, (northeast from Canning) "the School Sections of Upper Pereaux, Middle Pereaux, Lower Pereaux, Blomidon, and Medford, and districts thereto adjacent not at present (1934) supplied with electric power."

The Pereaux EL&P Company never generated electric power, it bought its electricity wholesale from the Canning Water Commission's electric system, which got its electricity from Avon River Power Company's generating station at Stivers Falls on the Gaspereau River.

The Pereaux Electric Light & Power Company was incorporated in 1934.  On 19 November 1934, the Pereaux EL&P Co. was authorized to issue 30 common shares at a par value of $100.00 each, to raise $3,000 to pay for construction of a transmission line and electrical distribution system.

— Source: PUB Annual Report 1934


As of 28 March 1935, the total capital expenditure was $4,181.62, "and it appears that this is a reasonable expenditure considering the amount of work done."  On this date, the Pereaux EL&P Co. had fifteen customers connected and taking electric power, 13 domestic (residential) and two commercial customers; fourteen of these customers were shareholders in the company.  The largest commercial customer was the British Canadian Fruit Association.

— Source: PUB Annual Report 1935, pages 46 and 47


On 13 May 1935, the Pereaux EL&P Co. got official approval for its schedule of rates:

Pereaux Electric Light & Power
Company

May 1935


ITEM DESCRIPTION PRICE
PER kWh
Domestic (Residential) Service
Service charge: $1.66 per month  
Energy charge: First 10 kWh
per month:
All over 10 kWh
per month:
13.4 ¢
6.6 ¢
Minimum bill: $2.77 per month  
Commercial Lighting
Service charge: $2.22 per month
per kilowatt
of connected load
 
Energy charge: All usage 6.6 ¢
Minimum bill: $3.33 per month,
or the service charge,
whichever is the greater
 
A discount of ten per cent shall be allowed
on bills paid on or before the tenth day
of the month in which they become payable.

Source: Public Utilities Board Annual Report 1935

On 21 August 1941, the Public Utilities Board gave official approval for the sale of the Pereaux Electric Light & Power Company to the Avon River Power Company of Windsor, then a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nova Scotia Light & Power Company of Halifax.  The sale price was $3,250.
See note 3
— Source: PUB Annual Report 1941, pages 82-88




From the monthly Canning Gazette, issue #106, November 1996:
Remember a few months back we asked if anyone knew of the Pereaux Electric Light & Power Company?  We were able to find out, from an elderly gentleman of great storytelling and farming skills, that the venture was started by a man named Hewitt, who lived over on the North Medford Road.  We were able to locate his son, who now lives in Germany, and have written to him inquiring if he has any knowledge or memory of this business.

In May 2005, research in the PUB records in Halifax turned up this: Mr. Francis J. Hewett was President and Managing Director of the Pereaux EL&P Co. in 1934 and 1935 (beyond 1935 is unknown).





Pictou Gas Light Company

  (incorporated 1846)

NSL 1846 chapter 41 — Act to incorporate the Pictou Gas Light Co.
NSL 1851 chapter 10 — Amendment





Pictou Gaslight Company Limited

NSL 1885 chapter 110 — Act to incorporate the Pictou Gaslight Co. Ltd.





 

Pictou County Electric Company Limited

Historical Notes




Port Hawkesbury Electric Company Limited

NSL 1892 chapter 162 — Act to incorporate the Port Hawkesbury Electric Co. Ltd.





Port Hood Development Company






Port LaTour Telephone Company Limited

Also distributed and sold electric power, using its telephone poles to support electric power wires.




Pugwash Electric, Limited

Act to Incorporate PEL passed in 1924





Randville Electric Light Company Limited






Leonard Rodenizer

Also see: Sherbrooke Electric Company




Sackville River Electric Company Limited

NSL 1914 chapter 187 — Act conferring certain powers on the Sackville River Electric Co. Ltd.

On 25 February 1935, official approval was given by the PUB for the Sackville River Electric Co. to sell its entire property, assets and undertaking to the Nova Scotia Light & Power Co. Ltd.





St. Croix Paper Company Limited

NSL 1897 chapter   96 — Act to incorporate the St. Croix Paper Co. Ltd.
NSL 1899 chapter 169 — Amendment
NSL 1910 chapter 169 — Amendment





 

Seaboard Power Corporation Limited

The Seaboard generating station was located in Glace Bay.
More about the Seaboard Power Corporation
Seaboard Power first synchronized, 1966 Feb 02
Photograph taken in the Seaboard Power generating plant at Glace Bay,
1:20am 8 February 1966, on the occasion when the Seaboard generating plant
was first synchronized with (connected to) the mainland power grid.

Photograph by Norman Gentile

Saved from discard in 1985 by Reg Mollon




Sheffield Mills Light & Power Company Limited

Kings County, Sheffield Mills and vicinity

On 7 November 1922, the Sheffield Mills L&P Co. received approval from the PUB to issue 120 shares of common stock of par value $50.00 each, to raise $6000 for construction of a power distribution line.  In 1931, the Sheffield Mills L&P Co. was sold to the Avon River Power Company.





Shelburne Electric Company Limited

Shelburne County

NSL 1903 chapter 185 — Act to incorporate the Shelburne Electric Co. Ltd.





Shelburne Power Company Limited

Shelburne County

NSL 1900 chapter 151 — Act to incorporate the Shelburne Power Co. Ltd.





Sherbrooke Electric Company Limited

Guysborough County: Village of Sherbrooke and vicinity

Approval issued by the PUB on 16 April 1934 to "Leonard Rodenizer doing business as the Sherbrooke Electric Company", engaged in the business of generating and distributing electric power to the public in the Village of Sherbrooke; Streetlighting Rate, operating from Twilight to Midnight, 60 watt lamps installed, maintained, and renewed by Sherbrooke Electric Co., $12.00 per lamp per year.





Somerset Electric Light & Power Company Limited






South Berwick Electric Light Company Limited






Standard Engineering Company Limited

PUB reported that, as of 20 December 1909 the Standard Engineering Co. of Maccan in Cumberland County, supplied electricity to a "few houses" in Chignecto, Maccan, River Hebert, and Joggins.





Stewiacke Electric Light & Power Company Limited

In 1912 the Stewiacke Electric Light and Power Company was given a charter to sell power to the public in the town.  During 1912, the first twenty electric streetlights were installed.
Source: http://dalas3.wix.com/town-of-stewiacke-#!history-of-stewiacke-/cld6





 

Stone & Webster

Stone & Webster Management Association   1907
Stone & Webster Management Division   1917
Stone & Webster Incorporated   1929
Stone & Webster Service Corporation   1929
Stone & Webster Management Consultants Inc. 1968

Also see: Cape Breton Electric Tramway & Power Co.
Also see: Cape Breton Electric Co. Ltd.

Stone & Webster Wikipedia
Stone & Webster Robert Monks
Stone & Webster Time, July 1929
Stone & Webster The Boston Globe, March 2006

No adequate history of the electric power industry in Nova Scotia can be written without prominent mention of Stone & Webster.  In the 1920s and 1930s, Stone & Webster had important financial and management associations with several Nova Scotia electric utility companies.  For most of its existence the Cape Breton Electric Tramway & Power Company was a direct subsidiary of the Stone & Webster electric utilities and railways empire.

From 1919 to 1924, Nova Scotia Tramways & Power Co. was under the management of Stone & Webster.  (In 1928, Nova Scotia Tramways & Power Co. changed its name to Nova Scotia Light & Power Co.)

In 1887, Frank J. Sprague demonstrated the first electric streetcar in Richmond, Virginia.  His invention, known as electric traction, offered a new, much cleaner — compared to the horse-drawn streetcar services widely used until Sprague's new technology offered a reliable alternative — and more efficient way to move people which, combined with the safety elevator, would permit much denser urban development.  It also created one of the first commercially profitable uses for electric power, becoming commercially feasible before such later developments as electric lighting, industrial machinery, and domestic appliances.

Urban and interurban electric railways played a major part in defining early twentieth century transportation routes and growth patterns throughout North America, at a time when highways were primitive.  Two interurban electric railways were built in Nova Scotia in the early 1900s — the Egerton Tramway Company, incorporated 27 March 1902, built an electric streetcar line in Pictou County, Trenton - New Glasgow - Stellarton - Westville; and the Cape Breton Electric Tramway & Power Company, incorporated 30 March 1900, built a high-speed electric interurban line between Sydney and Glace Bay.  (There were serious plans made to build other electric railways in Nova Scotia, including a line between Halifax and Bedford along the west side of Bedford Basin, a line between Halifax and Lunenburg, and a three-mile line between Canso and Hazel Hill in Guysboro County.  The Blomidon Railway Company Limited planned a line from Wolfville through Canning to Scots Bay, but financing problems caused delays which ultimately defeated these proposals.)

Stone & Webster

At this time, streetcar services and most other utilities were privately financed and owned, although their performance was subject to charters or franchises granted by cities and other local governments.  The rapid multiplication of uncoordinated streetcar and interurban lines in the 1880s and 1890s begged for consolidation.  This was initially achieved by the giant Stone & Webster Management Company, founded in Boston by engineer-entrepreneurs Edward Sibley Webster and Charles Augustus Stone, the central figures in the prestigious Boston engineering firm of Stone & Webster, the most famous enterprise of its kind in North America.  They attracted large amounts of capital for acquisition and/or development of urban utilities and transportation systems across the United States and Canada.

Stone & Webster and its backers wielded control through an array of interlocking holding and operating companies.  By 1910, the company was widely known as "The Electric Octopus".

In the United States, federal anti-trust regulators pulled the plug on Stone & Webster's giant utility cartel in 1934.

Charles Augustus Stone (1867-1941) met his lifelong friend and partner, Edwin Sibley Webster (1867-1950), while they were studying electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Upon graduation, they followed the advice of a professor and each took a year to gain experience by working for existing firms – Stone worked for welding and manufacturing companies while Webster took up with Kidder, Peabody, & Company, a financial services organization.  Their parents provided seed money in 1889, and they formed a consulting firm, the Massachusetts Electrical Engineering Company, whose first client was a paper mill in Maine in need of a hydroelectric plant for its power.

Stone & Webster got into utility operating (as distinct from plant construction) indirectly through the panic of 1893.  During this panic there was a general collapse in the stocks of public utility companies.  Holders of utility stocks were approached by astute J.P. Morgan, who bought the apparently sinking ships for about one-third of their original values.  Then he hired Stone & Webster to look over the properties acquired and report on their position and prospects.  When Stone & Webster had completed their survey, Mr. Morgan offered them the Cumberland Light & Power Co. for the bargain price of $60,000.  Borrowing the money, the partners bought the company, sold it some years later for $500,000.  It was the profit on this operation that established Stone & Webster as a company of national scope...
— Source: Time, 8 July 1929
Public utilities seemed a logical niche for the firm, and they began managing them in 1895, financing them in 1902 through an in-house securities department, and constructing them throughout the firm's history.  By 1912 the firm had 600 consultants housed in an 8-story building, yet Stone and Webster retained adjoining desks and jointly signed their letters. 

What we know today (1999) as Stone & Webster Consultants came into being on 30 September 1907 as Stone & Webster Management Association.  In 1917 Consultants became the Management Division, and in mid-1929 changed names again to become Stone & Webster Service Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary but a separate entity from Stone & Webster.  Its primary responsibility remained management services for utility companies, but it expanded in areas of general advisory services for the operation and development of transportation, natural gas transmission, and manufacturing.  It remained that way through October 1, 1968, when, to better reflect its evolving services to client companies, it became the Stone & Webster Management Consultants, Inc. (also called Stone & Webster Consultants).

New York, May 9, 2000 — The New York Stock Exchange announced today that trading in the common stock of Stone & Webster Incorporated will be suspended immediately.  Following suspension, application will be made to the Securities and Exchange Commission to delist the issue.  The Exchange's action is being taken in view of the fact that the Company announced on Monday, May 8, 2000 that it signed a letter of intent to sell substantially all of its assets and that it intends to file a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in connection with such sale...
See: New York Times, 10 May 2000

Sources:
    http://www.stoneandwebster.com/stoneweb/history/main.html
    http://www.historylink.org/output.CFM?file_ID=2667
    http://www.blancmange.net/tmh/articles/hogisle.html
    http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0772572.html
    http://www.iwon.com/home/careers/company_profile/0,15623,84,00.html
    http://www.eci-online.org/visitors/memdir/mem-ston.html
    http://www.nyse.com/press/NT0005E73A.html


References:
Stone & Webster websites
    http://www.swec.com/engineering/index.htm
    http://www.swec.com/engineering/power/index.htm
    http://www.stoneweb.com/whatsnew/index.htm
    http://www.stoneweb.com/management/index.htm
    http://www.stoneandwebster.com/stoneweb/index.html
    http://www.stoneandwebster.com/stoneweb/services/technology/regulate.html
    http://www.stoneandwebster.com/stoneweb/services/energy/des.html





Suburban Electric Company Limited

NSL 1901 chapter 137 — Act to incorporate the Suburban Development Co. Ltd.
NSL 1903 chapter 211 — Act to incorporate the Suburban Electric Co. Ltd.
NSL 1903 chapter 239 —





Sydney Gas Company

NSL 1872 chapter 95 — Act to incorporate the Sydney Gas Co.





Sydney Gas & Electric Light Company Limited

NSL 1882 chapter   84 — Act to incorporate the Sydney Gas & Electric Light Co. Ltd.
NSL 1888 chapter 125 — Act to incorporate anew





Sydney & Glace Bay Railway Company Limited

Effective 26 March 1910: For electric power supplied by Sydney and Glace Bay Railway Co. to Gazette Publishing Company Limited, a "special power rate granted by reason of the fact that the Town of Glace Bay's municipal electric plant provides no day service, 12¢ per kilowatt hour".

(This power likely was 600 volts DC, taken directly from the overhead trolley wire.  Direct current was ideal for running a printing press.)





Sydney Mines Electric Light Company Limited






Sydney Mines Electric Company Limited

Incorporated on 26 January 1911.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 1000776.
Name changed 9 June 1931 to Eastern Light & Power Co. Ltd.

Also see: Eastern Light & Power Co. Ltd.

The Sydney Mines Electric Co. Ltd. reported that, during the year 1912, its operating revenue was $12,165 and operating expenses were $9,087, and it paid $300 in taxes.
Source: PUB Annual Report 1912-13


By Order In Council dated 9 June 1931, the name of the Sydney Mines Electric Co. Ltd. was changed to Eastern Light & Power Co. Ltd., with head office in Sydney.





James W. Taylor

NSL 1919 chapter 90 — Act to authorize the Town of Antigonish to guarantee to James W. Taylor, owner of Electric Plant, a credit to assist him, etc.





Truro Electric Company

NSL 1887 chapter 108 — Act to incorporate the Truro Electric Co.
NSL 1889 chapter 130 — Act relating to the purchase of the Truro Electric Co. by the Chambers Electric Light & Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1894 chapter 101 —

Historical Notes
Also see: Chambers Electric Light & Power Co. Ltd.




Truro Gas Light Company

NSL 1875 chapter 108 — Act to incorporate the Truro Gas Light Co.





Waterford Public Utilities Company Limited

Incorporated on 20 May 1913.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 1000914.
Name changed 24 November 1921 to Dominion Utilities Co. Ltd.





Waterville & Cambridge Electric Light & Power Company Limited

Kings County

NSL 1922 chapter 135 — Act to incorporate the Waterville & Cambridge Electric Light & Power Co. Ltd.





Welsbach Incandescent Gas Light Company Limited

NSL 1889 chapter 131 — Act to incorporate the Welsbach Incandescent Gas Light Co. Ltd.
NSL 1892 chapter 183 — Amendment
NSL 1895 chapter 135 — Amendment





 

Western Nova Scotia Electric Company Limited

Yarmouth County
Historical Notes




Westport Electric Light, Heating & Power Company Limited

Digby County: Westport and vicinity

NSL 1923 chapter 144 — Act to incorporate the Westport Electric Light, Heating & Power Co. Ltd.





 

Windsor Electric Light & Power Company Limited

Hants County

NSL 1889 chapter 127 — Act to incorporate the Windsor Electric Light & Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1890 chapter 182 — Amendment
NSL 1895 chapter 132 — Amendment

Historical Notes



In 1925, the PUB reported, in connection with the Gaspereaux River LH&P Co., that "early records of the Windsor company were destroyed in the Windsor fire of 1897".





Windsor Gas Light Company

Hants County

NSL 1874 chapter 84 — Act to incorporate the Windsor Gas Light Co.

Historical Notes




Windsor Kerosene Gas Light Company

Hants County

NSL 1852 chapter 44 — Act to incorporate the Windsor Kerosene Gas Light Co.





Wolfville Electric Light Company Limited

Kings County




Woodside Electric Light Company Limited

Service area: In Kings County, Woodside and vicinity (about three km northwest from Canning)

NSL 1920 chapter 150 — Act to authorize the inhabitants of Woodside to supply themselves with a system of Street Lighting

The Woodside EL Company never generated electric power, it bought its electricity wholesale from the Canning Water Commission's electric system.

On 21 August 1941, the Public Utilities Board gave official approval for the sale of Woodside Electric Light Company to the Avon River Power Company of Windsor, then a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nova Scotia Light & Power Company of Halifax. The sale price was $800.
Source: Public Utilities Board Annual Report, 1941, pages 82-88

See note 3




Yarmouth Electric Company Limited

Historical Notes




Yarmouth Fuel & Gas Company Limited

NSL 1914 chapter 190 — Act to incorporate the Yarmouth Fuel & Gas Co.
NSL 1916 chapter 121 — Amendment





Yarmouth Gas Light Company

  (incorporated 1882)

NSL 1882 chapter 89 — Act to incorporate the Yarmouth Gas Light Co.

Historical Notes




Yarmouth Gas Light Company Limited

  (incorporated 1888)

NSL 1888 chapter 127 — Act to incorporate the Yarmouth Gas Light Co. Ltd.
NSL 1895 chapter 134 — Amendment
NSL 1903 chapter 177 — Amendment

Historical Notes




Yarmouth Light & Power Company Limited

NSL 1919 chapter 162 — Act respecting the Yarmouth Light & Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1921 chapter 199 — Amendment

Historical Notes




 

Yarmouth Street Railway Company Limited

NSL 1887 chapter  93 — Act to incorporate the Yarmouth Street Railway Co. Ltd.
NSL 1889 chapter 124 — Amend, limiting time for commencement of construction
NSL 1890 chapter 191 — Amend, extending time
NSL 1892 chapter 176 — Amend, as to quality of rails
NSL 1892 chapter 182 — Amend, further extending time
NSL 1893 chapter 186 — Amendments
NSL 1904 chapter 145 — Act to consolidate Acts relating to the Yarmouth Street Railway Co. Ltd.
NSL 1908 chapter 139 — Amendment
NSL 1912 chapter 243 — Amendment

Historical Notes




(Company name not known)

YARMOUTH, N.S.— Notice is given of the application to the Dominion Government for charters to confer power for building and operating electric railways between Yarmouth and New Brunswick. E. Franklin Clements, the applicant, says the idea is to follow the main line of travel from Yarmouth, skirting the shore to Weymouth, thence to Truro, Amherst, and into St. John, New Brunswick.  Water power, and in many instances – by means of patented appliances – the tidal waters are to be utilized.  The cost of travel, it is claimed, will be fifty per cent less than on any existing railroads.
—  The Electrical World, New York, v24 n20 17 November 1894





Zwicker Electric Power Company Limited

Lunenburg County: New Germany and vicinity

In November 1944, the Zwicker EP Co. sold its electric power system to the Nova Scotia Power Commission.






The Nova Scotia Water Act
Chapter 5 of the Acts of 1919






 

Government-Owned Electric Utilities


Provincial and Municipal





Town of Amherst

Municipal electric utility
Cumberland County




Town of Annapolis Royal

Municipal electric utility
Annapolis County

NSL 1902 chapter   61 — Act authorizing the Town of Annapolis Royal to borrow money to extend Electric Light System
NSL 1903 chapter 118 — Act authorizing the Town of Annapolis Royal to borrow money for Electric Light System
NSL 1922 chapter   63 — Act authorizing the Town of Annapolis Royal to borrow money for Electric Light System, etc.





Town of Antigonish

Municipal electric utility
Antigonish County
Also see Municipal Electric Utilities of Nova Scotia Co-operative Ltd.




Aylesford Electric Light Commission

Kings County

NSL 1919 chapter 129 — Act authorizing the inhabitants of Aylesford to supply themselves with Electric Light and Power for public and domestic (residential) use





Barrington Municipality

Municipal electric utility
Shelburne County

NSL 1918 chapter 73 — Act authorizing the inhabitants of Barrington to supply themselves with Electric Light

Also see: Barrington Electric Co. Ltd.




Bear River

Annapolis/Digby Counties

NSL 1909 chapter   64 — Act authorizing the inhabitants of Bear River to supply themselves with Street Lighting
NSL 1910 chapter   63 — Amendment
NSL 1911 chapter   14 — Amendment
NSL 1912 chapter 156 — Amendment





Bedford

Halifax County

NSL 1919 chapter 130 — Act authorizing the inhabitants of Bedford to supply themselves with Street Lighting





Town of Berwick

Municipal electric utility
Kings County

NSL 1913 chapter 131 — Act respecting Electric Lighting, etc.
NSL 1914 chapter   89 — Amendment
NSL 1917 chapter 145 — Amendment
NSL 1918 chapter   74 — Amendment
NSL 1920 chapter 147 — Amendment
NSL 1921 chapter 125 — Amendment
NSL 1922 chapter 108 — Amendment
NSL 1923 chapter 114 — Amendment

Also see: Berwick Electric Commission
Also see: Light & Water Commission for the Town of Berwick
Also see: Municipal Electric Utilities of Nova Scotia Co-operative Ltd.




Light & Water Commission for the Town of Berwick

Kings County

NSL 1913 chapter 131 — Act respecting Electric Lighting, etc. in the Town of Berwick

Also see: Town of Berwick

The Berwick L&W Commission was incorporated by chapter 131 of the Acts of 1913, and operated an electric utility system in and near Berwick 1913 - 1924.





 

Berwick Electric Commission

Kings County

The Berwick Electric Commission, owned by the Town of Berwick, serves the residents of Berwick and the surrounding areas of Hall Road, Lawrence Road, Rainforth Road, Taylor Road, and Windermere Road...




Bible Hill

Colchester County

NSL 1919 chapter 131 — Act authorizing the inhabitants of Bible Hill to supply themselves with Street Lighting





Birch Grove Electric Light District

Cape Breton County




Town of Bridgetown

Municipal electric utility
Annapolis County

NSL 1893 chapter 68 — Act to authorize the inhabitants to supply themselves with Street Lighting
NSL 1896 chapter 40 — Act to legalize the Assessment Rolls of the Electric Light District
NSL 1898 chapter 75 —

Also see: Bridgetown Electric Light Co. Ltd.
Also see: Bridgetown Electric Light & Power Co. Ltd.
Also see: Bridgetown Electric Light, Heat & Power Co. Ltd.
Also see: Bridgetown Water, Power & Light Co. Ltd.

The ratepayers of Bridgetown, at a meeting called for the purpose of voting upon the purchase of the electric light system of that town on Tuesday evening [25 May, 1909 ?], decided by a vote of 17 for and 4 against, the sum of $25,000. A vote of $20,000 was passed, and Mr. Beckwith, representing the electric light company, has declined to accept. The town is without lights, except lamps and candles.
Source: The Digby Weekly Courier, 4 June 1909, (reprinted from the Yarmouth Herald)   [This item is confused about the amount of money, but the above is the complete text as printed in The Digby Weekly Courier.]


The street lighting question, which has been perturbing the citizens of Bridgetown for so many weeks, is at last settled and the town will install its own lighting system.
Source: The Digby Weekly Courier, 18 June 1909





Town of Bridgewater

Municipal electric utility
Lunenburg County

NSL 1900 chapter   93 — Act to provide for Electric Light and Water supply for the Town of Bridgewater
NSL 1904 chapter 108 — Act to authorize the Town of Bridgewater to borrow money for Electric Light and Water
NSL 1907 chapter 125 — Act to authorize the Town of Bridgewater to borrow money to improve the Electric Light system
NSL 1909 chapter   65 — Amendment
NSL 1921 chapter   89 — Act to authorize the Town of Bridgewater to borrow money for Electric Power system

Also see: Bridgewater Electric Light, Water, & Power Co. Ltd.
Also see: Bridgewater Power Co. Ltd.
Also see: Public Service Commission of Bridgewater




 

Public Service Commission of Bridgewater

Lunenburg County: Bridgewater and vicinity
Also see: Town of Bridgewater

Public Service Commission of Bridgewater
Electric rates, September 1968

“Two cents per kilowatt hour”

Page 1: Bridgewater electric rates, September 1968

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Page 4: Bridgewater electric rates, September 1968

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Caledonia Power and Water Board

Cape Breton County: Glace Bay

NSL 1941 chapter   62 —
NSL 1941 chapter   68 —
NSL 1951 chapter 119 —





 

Water Commissioners of the Village of Canning

Kings County: Canning and vicinity

NSL 1894 chapter   59 —
NSL 1919 chapter 132 —
NSL 1921 chapter 126 —
NSL 1922 chapter 109 —
NSL 1923 chapter 115 —


More about the Canning Water Commissioners
Also see: Canning Water & Electric Light, Heating & Power Co. Ltd.

The Canning Water Commission never generated electric power. Until 1926, it bought its electricity wholesale from the Gaspereaux River Light, Heat & Power Company.  After the Gaspereaux River LH&P Company was sold to the Avon River Power Company in 1926, the Avon River Power Co. became the supplier of electricity to the Canning Water Commission (but the hardware – generating plant and transmission line – remained the same).

On 28 August 1941, the Public Utilities Board gave official approval for the sale of the electric power system operated by the Canning Water Commission to the Avon River Power Company of Windsor, then a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nova Scotia Light & Power Company of Halifax.  The sale price was $11,000.
Source: Public Utilities Board Annual Report, 1941

See note 3




 

Town of Canso

Municipal electric utility
Guysborough County: Canso and vicinity

NSL 1914 chapter 96 — Act to authorize the Town of Canso to borrow money for Electric Lighting
NSL 1917 chapter 97 — Amendment
NSL 1919 chapter 92 — Amendment
NSL 1919 chapter 93 — Amendment

Also see Municipal Electric Utilities of Nova Scotia Co-operative Ltd.
Nova Scotia: Canso Electric Rates 2007




Municipality of the County of Cape Breton

Municipal electric utility
Cape Breton County




Village of Chester

Municipal electric utility
Lunenburg County

NSL 1912 chapter 176 — Act to authorize the Village of Chester supply Electric Light, etc.
NSL 1913 chapter 135 — Amendment





Municipality of the District of Clare

Municipal electric utility
Digby County




Town of Clark's Harbour

Municipal electric utility
Shelburne County

NSL 1921 chapter 92 — Act to authorize the Town of Clark's Harbour to borrow money to install an Electric Light Plant





Town of Dartmouth

Municipal electric utility
Halifax County

NSL 1899 chapter 71 — Act to authorize the Town of Dartmouth to operate the Electric Light Plant





Town of Digby

Municipal electric utility
Digby County

NSL 1876 chapter   56 — Act to provide for Lighting the streets of the Town of Digby
NSL 1912 chapter 105 — Act to authorize the Town of Digby to acquire Electric Light Plant, etc.
NSL 1922 chapter   66 — Amendment

Also see: Digby Electric Light Co. Ltd.

On 14 June 1922, the Digby Electric Light Co. Ltd. received official approval from the PUB to sell the whole of its undertaking to the Town of Digby.
Source: PUB Annual Report 1922





 

Digby County Power Board

Digby County

NSL 1980 chapter   4 — Act Relating to Digby County Power Board and Electric Utilities of Municipality of the District of Digby, Municipality of the District of Clare, Town of Digby, and the Village of Weymouth

Nova Scotia: Digby County Power Board, 1940
Advertisement by The Digby County Power Board
The Tiny Tattler, 9 May 1940
Source: http://www.tinytattler.com/




March 10, 1977: Digby town council endorsed a request by the Digby County Power Board that it be allowed to borrow an additional $150,000, but the Board also required approval from the three other municipal units, Weymouth, Clare and the Municipality of Digby.  Councillor Eileen Chipman didn't object to the motion but suggested a recent study on the Power Board should be considered first.  A consultant's report on operations of the Power Board noted that power line losses were contributing to the high cost of electrical energy in the county.  The losses were blamed on underrated insulators, undersized transmission lines and a variety of other causes, and that losses in the whole system ran almost 17 per cent.  By comparison, Nova Scotia Power line loss was in the order of nine per cent.  The consultants estimated a capital requirement of $2.58 million to bring losses down to an average of ten per cent.
— Source: “35 Years Ago” Digby Courier, 8 March 2012  page 6




The Digby County Power Board is a body corporate, incorporated on March 19, 1926, by Chapter 113 of the Statutes of Nova Scotia 1926 and is a public utility within the meaning of the Public Utilites Act as the owner and operator of transmission and other facitilies for the distribution and sale of electrical energy to wholesale and retail customers within the County of Digby, Nova Scotia.  Customers being served under the Board's Alternating Current Power – Wholesale Rate are the Municipality of the District of Digby, the Municipality of the District of Clare, the Town of Digby and the Village of Weymouth, and all of these wholesale customers distribute electrical energy to retail customers within their respective territories.  A small amount of energy is furnished by the Board to six Alternating Current Power – Retail customers...

Actual revenue from the Digby County Power Board's wholesale customers in 1972 was $705,415 and this revenue is estimated to increase to $782,000 in 1973 at existing wholesale rates to produce a 1973 operating loss of $22,300; and if the now-proposed increase of .06 cent per kilowatt-hour was approved and was in effect for the full year 1973 the total revenue from wholesale customers would be $815,000 to produce an operating profit of $10,700...

It is recognized that the Digby County Power Board is owned by the Municipal units it serves and that its position is somewhat unusual in that its policy is not directed toward a realization of maximum earnings.  It is also known by the Public Utilities Board that the Municipality of the District of Digby and the Town of Digby are indebted to the Digby County Power Board for substantial sums of money that have been spent by the Board for capital additions to and replacements of plants owned by these two Municipal units...

The Public Utilities Board has carefully examined the evidence adduced and the exhibits filed herein and concludes that the proposed rate incease is entitled to approval... The Public Utilities Board will approve the increase in the Digby County Power Board's Alternating Current Power – Wholesale Rate energy charge from the existing 1.10 cents to 1.16 cents per kilowatt-hour for all consumption, the same to be effective on bills rendered on and after June 1, 1973.

Dated at Halifax, Nova Scotia, this 22nd day of May, 1973.

— Source: PUB Annual Report 1973, pages 144-147





Municipality of Digby

Municipal electric utility
Digby County




Town of Dominion

Municipal electric utility
Cape Breton County

NSL 1909 chapter 77 — Act to authorize the Town of Dominion to borrow for Light and Water purposes
NSL 1909 chapter 78 — Act to authorize the Town of Glace Bay to supply Electricity to the Town of Dominion





Village of Eureka

Municipal electric utility
Pictou County

NSL 1913 chapter 136 — Act respecting Street Lighting in Eureka





Village of Florence

Municipal electric utility
Cape Breton County

NSL 1921 chapter 134 — Act to authorize Cape Breton Municipality to levy a special tax for Electric Light on the Village of Florence





Town of Glace Bay

Municipal electric utility
Cape Breton County

NSL 1901 chapter   88 — Act to provide for supplying the Town of Glace Bay with Electric Light
NSL 1902 chapter   79 — Amendment
NSL 1904 chapter   69 — Act to authorize the Town of Glace Bay to borrow money for Electric Light, etc.
NSL 1905 chapter   65 — Act to authorize the Town of Glace Bay to borrow money for Electric Light
NSL 1905 chapter   66 — Amendment
NSL 1906 chapter   81 — Amendment
NSL 1906 chapter   83 — Act to authorize the Town of Glace Bay to borrow money for Electric Light
NSL 1908 chapter   92 — Amendment
NSL 1909 chapter   78 — Act to authorize the Town of Glace Bay to supply Electricity to the Town of Dominion
NSL 1910 chapter   69 — Amendment
NSL 1912 chapter 106 — Amendment
NSL 1917 chapter 100 — Act to authorize the Town of Glace Bay to borrow money to buy Electric Meters
NSL 1920 chapter 108 — Act relating to Lighting System
NSL 1920 chapter 113 — Act to authorize the Town of Glace Bay to borrow money for Electric Meters
NSL 1923 chapter   76 — Act to authorize the Town of Glace Bay to borrow money for Electric Light and other purposes





Granville Ferry

Annapolis County

NSL 1920 chapter 148 — Act to authorize the inhabitants of Granville Ferry to levy a special tax for electric light





City of Halifax

NSL 1845 chapter 30 — Act to provide for Lighting the City with Gas
NSL 1864 chapter 64 — Act relating to the Inspection of Gas
NSL 1917 chapter 88 — Act to authorize the City of Halifax to hold shares in the Halifax Power Co. Ltd. and to lend money thereto
NSL 1919 chapter 83 — Act to authorize and confirm agreement between City of Halifax and the Halifax Power Co. Ltd.
NSL 1919 chapter 84 — Amendment

Also see: Halifax Power Co. Ltd.




Municipality of Halifax County

NSL 1913 chapter 142 — Act to ratify resolution passed by Municipal Council respecting erection of poles on public highways





Town of Hantsport

Municipal electric utility
Kings and Hants Counties

NSL 1914 chapter 99 — Act to authorize the town of Hantsport to borrow money for electric lighting purposes
NSL 1923 chapter 78 — Act to authorize the town of Hantsport to borrow money for electric plant, power and lighting purposes





Hebron Street Lighting Committee

Yarmouth County

NSL 1917 chapter 161 — Act to authorize Hebron to levy tax for electric light
NSL 1918 chapter 113 — Act to authorize Hebron to levy tax for electric light





Town of Kentville

Municipal electric utility
Kings County

NSL 1907 chapter 121 — Act to authorize the town of Kentville to acquire, etc., electric light etc., system
NSL 1918 chapter 109 — Act to authorize the town of Kentville to borrow money for electric light purposes
NSL 1919 chapter   98 — Act to constitute the Kentville Electric Light and Power Commission

More about the Town of Kentville electric utility system
Also see: Kentville Electric Commission
Also see: Kentville Electric Light & Power Co. Ltd.




 

Kentville Electric Commission

Kings County

NSL 1919 chapter 98 — Act to constitute the Kentville Electric Light and Power Commission
NSL 1998 chapter 20 — Town of Kentville and Kentville Electric Commission Sale of Assets Act

More about the Kentville Electric Commission
Also see: Kentville Electric Light & Power Co. Ltd.
Also see: Municipal Electric Utilities of Nova Scotia Co-operative Ltd.

The Kentville Electric Commission was incorporated under chapter 98 of the Acts of 1919, to distribute and sell electric energy within the Town of Kentville.  In October 1998, the Kentville Electric Commission was sold to Nova Scotia Power Inc.





Kingston Electric Light Commission

Kings County

In 1931, the Kingston Electric Light Commission's electric power system was sold to the Avon River Power Company.





The Electric Light Commissioners for LaHave

Lunenburg County




The Electric Light Commissioners for the Town of Lawrencetown

Annapolis County, Lawrencetown and vicinity

The Lawrencetown Electric Light Commissioners operated a small hydroelectric generating plant on the Annapolis River, within the town limits; this plant was reported to have been in operation during 1927, and probably before and after that year.





Little Bras d'Or

Cape Breton County

NSL 1917 chapter 133 — Act to authorize Cape Breton Municipality to levy a special poll tax on Little Bras d'Or for Electric Lighting purposes





Town of Liverpool

Municipal electric utility
Queens County

NSL 1899 chapter 117 — Act to provide for supplying the Town of Liverpool with Electric Light





Town of Lockeport

Municipal electric utility
Shelburne County

NSL 1895 chapter 100 — Act to provide for supplying the Town of Lockeport with Electric Light





Town of Louisburg

Municipal electric utility
Cape Breton County

(It was officially spelled "burg" at the time when
the Town operated its own municipal electric utility,
but now the "bourg" spelling is officially used.





 

Town of Lunenburg

Municipal electric utility
Lunenburg County
Also see Municipal Electric Utilities of Nova Scotia Co-operative Ltd

Town of Lunenburg Electricity Rates (approved in 1993)

Domestic service
Base Charge: $6.31 per month where service is through a two wire (120 volts) service.  $6.87 per month where service is through a three wire (240 volts) service.
Energy Charge: 7.8 cents per kilowatt hour for the first 200 kilowatt hours per month.  6.98 cents per kilowatt hour for all additional consumption but in no case shall the average price per kilowatt hour on the whole bill, including the base charge, be less than 7.54 cents in any billing period.
Minimum Net Bill: $6.87 per month where service is through a two or three wire service.

General service light, heat, and power up to 3 kilowatts
Base Charge: $4.60 per month per kilowatt of connected load.
Energy Charge: 8.74 cents per kilowatt hour for the first 100 kilowatt hours per month per kilowatt of connected load. 5.79 cents per kilowatt hour for all additional consumption.
Minimum Net Bill: $8.59 per month or the Base Charge, whichever is the greater.

Light, heat and power over 3 kilowatts
Base Charge: $5.15 per month per kilowatt of maximum demand.
Energy Charge: 8.74 cents per kilowatt hour for the first 100 kilowatt hours per month per kilowatt of maximum demand. 5.79 cents per kilowatt hour for all additional consumption.
Minimum Net Bill: $15.15 per month or the Base Charge, whichever is the greater.

Installation of 250 kilowatts or over
Base Charge: $6.10 per month per kilowatt of maximum demand.
Energy Charge: 7.41 cents per kilowatt hour for the first 100 kilowatt hours per month per kilowatt of maximum demand. 5.25 cents per kilowatt hour for all additional consumption.
Minimum Net Bill: $6.10 per month per kilowatt of maximum demand.

Industrial – (4,000 KVA and over) off the 69 kilovolt line
Demand Charge: $7.05 per month per kilovolt ampere of maximum demand of the current month or the maximum actual demand of the previous November, December, January or February occurring in the previous eleven months.  30 cents per kilowatt (sic) ampere reduction in demand charge where substation is owned by the customer.
Energy Charge: 4.33 cents per kilowatt hour.
Minimum Monthly Charge: The minimum monthly charge shall be the maximum demand charge.




Town of Lunenburg Electric Utility History


The Town of Lunenburg owns and operates its own electric utility providing residential and commercial customers with significantly lower rates than NSPI in most rate classifications.  The Lunenburg Electric Utility distributes electricity in its service district extending to Mason's Beach and Blue Rocks in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.  The Electric Utility also issues permits for and inspects all residential and commercial electrical work in the Town of Lunenburg and surrounding service district.

While the Lunenburg Electric Utility now does not generate its own electricity (now purchased from NSPI), its early founders did.  The original “electric light” development in Lunenburg was a steam plant established by Mr. E.L. Nash in 1889 on a piece of land situated on the northern side of Creighton Street, Lunenburg, measuring 85 feet on Creighton Street and 65 feet in depth.  A large, deep well was located on the land and an engine house was constructed with a boiler, two engines, four “dynamos” (electric generators) and other electrical instruments.  On October 14, 1890, he was authorized to place electric light poles on Lincoln Street and wires across Town streets.  Council ordered 30 street lights of 24 “candle power” (level of light intensity measured by a standard size candle) at a cost of $18.00 each per year.

In 1891, the Lunenburg Gas Co. Ltd. (“Company”), was incorporated under Chapter 133 of the Nova Scotia Acts of 1889.  James R. Rudolf, David Smith, Alfred Heisler, A.J. Wolff, James A. Hirtle and George L. Rankin were authorized to supply the Town of Lunenburg, buildings and places within its corporate limits, with light, heat, and power, including electric lighting service, both arc and incandescent, and other improved systems of illumination, plus fuel, gas, natural gas, water gas, gas motor, and electric motor for supplying power for mechanical, manufacturing, industrial and domestic purposes.  Lunenburg Gas Co. Ltd.'s capital stock was $45,000 in shares of $20 each.  The first Company meeting was on June 5, 1891, in the office of S.A. Chesley.  Company by-laws were adopted and the following directors elected: Messrs. W.N. Zwicker; G.L. Rankin; J. Jos. Rudolf; W. L. Romkey; and E. L. Nash.  At a meeting of the Board of Directors in August 1891, the following officers were elected: President - W.N. Zwicker; Vice-President - J. Jos. Rudolf; and Secretary-Treasurer-E.L. Nash.

Soon after, Nash offered to sell his property for $12,500 to Lunenburg Gas Co. Ltd., including the engine house, well and equipment on Creighton Street, together with all electric light poles and wires on the streets.  The Company unanimously accepted his offer.  Nash agreed to stay on free of charge as the Company's Secretary-Treasurer and General Manager, in exchange for the supply of electric light for his shop and house until the Company was in a position to pay him a 6% dividend.

On January 17, 1892, it was agreed to supply 16 candle power lamps for bedrooms not used as sitting rooms for $2.50/annum.  Customers using hall, sitting room, or other lights were charged the “regular rates”.

The Company's annual statement for the year ending August 1, 1892, was presented at a meeting held on August 9, as follows:
Receipts from Lighting  $1,777.87
Working Expenses  $1,402.60
Net Gain  $375.27
The Company directors recommended that a dividend of 3¾% be paid on the stock sold to date.

The Company's business continued to increase and on July 27, 1898, it was decided to purchase for $3,500 from Mr. T.G. Nicol of Mahone Bay, his property and water privileges on Mush-a-Mush River at Clearland.  It was further agreed to acquire other properties and water privileges, erect the necessary dams and provide adequate machinery to supply electricity to Lunenburg and Mahone Bay by water (hydro) power.  The lands were acquired and the plant built for $21,000.  Electricity rates were established:
        1 X 16 candle power lamps - $5.00/annum
        2 X 16 candle power lamps - $9.00/annum
        3 X 16 candle power lamps - $12.50/annum
        4 X 16 candle power lamps - $14.50/annum
        5 X 16 candle power lamps - $15.00/annum
        Each additional lamp - $3.00/annum

Each customer using 5 or more 16 candle power lamps, was supplied by meter at 8¢/kWh and 25¢/month meter rental.

At the Company's August 21, 1899, annual meeting of stockholders the following report was presented:

We are now supplying about 225 more lamps than at this season last year and though we, on January
1st, 1899, reduced the price on house lights from $5.00 to $3.00 (per year) and shop lights from $7.00 to $5.00 (per year), our income is larger than last year and our profits better.  We expect a large increase in the number of lamps in use this fall and feel that the success of the company is assured and that in a short time the public will consider the stock of the Lunenburg Gas Co. Ltd., the most “gilt edged” of stock in Nova Scotia.

In 1906 the Company offered to sell its power development, franchises, etc., to the Town of Lunenburg for $45,000.  The offer was voted down by the Town ratepayers.  In 1919 the Company re-offered to sell to the Town for $65,000, but this was also rejected by ratepayers.  Despite this, the Company's growth continued and on February 8, 1921, it sold its Mush-a-Mush River power plant to then Nova Scotia Power Commission (“NSPC”) for $55,000, representing more than one-half of the assets of the Company.

In 1921, the flat rate for electricity was discontinued and all customers were metered.  NSPC supplied 224,000 KWH/annum to the Lunenburg Gas Co. Ltd. at 4.75¢/KWH. The Nova Scotia Board of Public Utilities approved the following rates for the Lunenburg Gas Co. Ltd.'s distribution to its 488 residential and 89 commercial customers:
        For Lighting Purposes - 10¢/KWH
        For Power Purposes - 6¢/KWH

On February 19, 1923, the Lunenburg Gas Co. Ltd.'s capital stock was reported as being reduced to $22,500.  Complaints about utility service levels and high rates, led Lunenburg Gas Co. Ltd. stockholders to sell their remaining electricity distribution system to the Associated Gas and Electric Co. Ltd., of New York, N. Y., on December 27, 1928.

Associated Gas and Electric Co. Ltd. tried to expand the utility system and increase load, including extending power lines to Blue Rocks and other rural areas.  However, in December 1935, they decided to sell their Lunenburg assets to then Nova Scotia Light and Power Company Ltd. of Halifax.

Lunenburg Town Council subsequently reconsidered purchasing the Lunenburg electric utility distribution for the community.  After many meetings with various individuals, Boards and Town ratepayers, on July 1, 1937, the Town of Lunenburg purchased the assets of the former Lunenburg Gas Co. Ltd. from Nova Scotia Light and Power Company Ltd. for $60,000. 

The Town continues to operate its own Electric Utility.  It is now (2014) one of only six remaining Municipal Electric Utilities in Nova Scotia.  The Town buys power from Nova Scotia Power Incorporated (“NSPI”, the successor of Nova Scotia Light and Power Company Ltd.) and distributes it to approximately 2,100 customers in the Town and vicinity.


—Source: Town of Lunenburg Electric Utility - History
http://www.explorelunenburg.ca/electricity.html





 

Town of Mahone Bay

Municipal electric utility
Lunenburg County
Also see Municipal Electric Utilities of Nova Scotia Co-operative Ltd




Town of Middleton

Municipal electric utility
Annapolis County
In 1931, the Town of Middleton's electric power system was sold to the Avon River Power Company.




Morien No. 12

Cape Breton County

NSL 1919 chapter 122 — Act to authorize Cape Breton Municipality to levy a special tax on a portion of Morien No. 12 District for providing Electric Light
NSL 1922 chapter   97 — Amendment





Town of Mulgrave

Municipal electric utility
Guysborough County




 

Municipal Electric Utilities of Nova Scotia Co-operative Ltd.

Incorporated on 14 October 1997.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3012874.

More about the Municipal Electric Utilities of Nova Scotia Co-operative




Nova Scotia Water Power Commission






 

Nova Scotia Power Commission

In November 1944, the Nova Scotia Power Commission bought the electric power system operated by the Zwicker Electric Power Company in New Germany.

In 1965, the NSPC bought the electric utility system owned and operated by the Town of Pictou.

In 1967, the NSPC acquired the shares of Eastern Light & Power Company Limited.

In 1972, the NSPC acquired 99.65% of the common shares and approximately 98% of the preferred shares of Nova Scotia Light & Power Company Limited.  The balance of the shares was acquired a year or so later.
Source:   Canada v. Nova Scotia Power Inc., 2003 Federal Court of Appeal 33
Background information contained in the judgment delivered at Ottawa, Ontario, on 23 January 2003
  http://www.canlii.org/ca/cas/fca/2003/2003fca33.html




The electrification of Nova Scotia, 1884–1973:
Technological modernization as a response to regional disparity

by Lionel Bradley King
Ph.D. Dissertation, 369 p., 1999


Abstract (summary)

This dissertation investigates local attempts to use technology as a force for regional rehabilitation in the economically-depressed Maritime region of Canada.  At the time of Confederation in 1867, the Maritime province of Nova Scotia was prosperous, progressive, and cultured.  By the end of the 1910s, the province had entered a long period of economic and social decline.  Recent historiography has shown that, far from passively accepting their fate, Nova Scotians and other Maritimers, actively resisted marginalization with political, cultural, or social action.

The thesis expands upon that literature by exploring technology-based strategies of provincial rehabilitation using Thomas P. Hughes's systems perspective and David E. Nye's semiotic approach.  In doing so, it applies methods from the social constructivist school of the history of technology to the larger concerns of Maritime Canadian historiography.

In large part, the North American culture of technology determined the ways in which Nova Scotians applied technological solutions to provincial concerns.  Technology has long been central to the Western idea of progress.  As the "high technology" of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, electricity reinforced that view: its ephemeral nature and silent efficiency led people to endow it with transformative, even mystical, powers.

As a result, Nova Scotians adopted a program of electrical modernization in the late 1910s as a remedy for regional disparity.  The Nova Scotia government's first step was the creation of an Ontario-style hydroelectric commission designed to bring order to the province's fragmented and inefficient electrical network.  Over the next few decades, the Nova Scotia Power Commission implemented rural electrification, home modernization, and regional system-building models that had already proven successful in Ontario and the United States.  The system-building philosophies behind these programs were adapted to local conditions and disseminated throughout the province by politicians, engineers, businesspeople, and social reformers.  Although electrical modernization failed to address the structural reasons for the province's decline, Nova Scotians continued to include it in their provincial rehabilitation plans until the 1960s.  In sum, the electrification of Nova Scotia was not merely a technical event, but was shaped by the province's aspiration to regain its prior position in Confederation.

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Name changed from Nova Scotia Power Commission
to Nova Scotia Power Corporation

“In 1973, the Government of Nova Scotia enacted amendments to the Power Commission Act, continued the Commission as the Nova Scotia Power Corporation and enacted many other changes...” —Source: Canada v. Nova Scotia Power Inc., 2003 Federal Court of Appeal, 33




Nova Scotia Power Commission paycheck stub, 31 July 1967
Nova Scotia Power Commission paycheck stub, 31 July 1967





 

Nova Scotia Power Corporation

  (government-owned)
Also see: Nova Scotia Power Incorporated (a privately-owned company)

Nova Scotia Power Corporation (NSPCorp) was a crown corporation, owned by the Province of Nova Scotia.  From 1973 to 1992, NSPCorp owned and operated most of the electric utility system in the province.  On 12 August 1992, Nova Scotia Power Corporation sold all its electric utility assets to Nova Scotia Power Incorporated (NSPInc).




Name changed from Nova Scotia Power Commission
to Nova Scotia Power Corporation

“In 1973, the Government of Nova Scotia enacted amendments to the Power Commission Act, continued the Commission as the Nova Scotia Power Corporation and enacted many other changes...”
—Source: Canada v. Nova Scotia Power Inc.
2003 Federal Court of Appeal, 33




Nova Scotia Power Corporation assets sold
to Nova Scotia Power Incorporated

“In 1992 the Province enacted the Nova Scotia Privatization Act, S.N.S., c. 8 pursuant to which Nova Scotia Power Incorporated purchased the assets and undertaking previously used by the Corporation in the production and distribution of electricity.”
—Source: Canada v. Nova Scotia Power Inc.
2003 Federal Court of Appeal, 33


On 12 August 1992, Nova Scotia Power Incorporated (New NSP), a new privately-owned electric utility company, officially bought the assets of Nova Scotia Power Corporation (Old NSP)
—Source: Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 1992 Aug 13





In Nova Scotia, in 1990, there were eight electric utilities, each selling electric power within its own government-defined monopoly territory, and each forbidden to sell electricity in any territory assigned to any other electric utility.  The largest of these – by far the largest – was the Nova Scotia Power Corporation (NSPC).  The other seven, often called the “independents” (independent of NSPC), were small municipal utilities, but they were genuine electric utilities, each with its own management, its own rate structure, and its own distribution system with exclusive authority to sell electric power within its own legally-defined territory.  The ownership of each of these was wholly independent of all the others.  All of these seven independent utilities were decades older than NSPC.  Three of the seven were located within Lunenburg County.  Among the independents, only Berwick had its own generating plant.  The other six bought all their electricity from NSPC at wholesale rates.  Berwick also bought much of its electricity from NSPC, because its one small hydroelectric generating plant could supply only a small fraction of Berwick's requirement.  The table below reports the electric energy sold by NSPC to each of the independents, for the twelve months ending 31 March 1990.
Nova Scotia Power Corporation
Energy Sold to the
Independent Electric Utilities

12 Months Ending 31 March 1990


Independent
Utility
kWh $
Town of Antigonish 73,833,786 4,144,939
Berwick Electric Commission 22,560,000 1,252,218
Town of Canso 8,185,600 455,015
Kentville Electric Commission 73,168,740 4,003,130
Town of Lunenburg 49,760,430 2,729,999
Town of Mahone Bay 8,464,937 482,658
Riverport Electric Commission 6,681,600 382,821
Totals 242,655,093 13,450,780
The average price was 5.54¢ per kWh.
one kWh   =   3,600,000 J
[Source: 1990 Annual Report, Nova Scotia Power Corporation]




Town of Parrsboro

Municipal electric utility
Service area: in Cumberland County, the Town of Parrsboro and vicinity




Town of Pictou

Municipal electric utility
Service area: in Pictou County, the Town of Pictou and vicinity

In the early 1920s, the Town of Pictou operated a steam generating plant.  In later years, the Town purchased all of its electric power from the Nova Scotia Power Commission.

In 1925, the PUB reported that the Town of Pictou had a special electric rate for the Canadian National Railway, for charging storage batteries; "these batteries are used in the operation of an electric railway car as a new and experimental service" (a daily commuter service operated by CNR) "between Pictou and New Glasgow".


In 1965, the Town of Pictou electric utility system – then serving 1360 customers – was sold to the Nova Scotia Power Commission.
— Nova Scotia Power Commission Annual Report 1965, page 3


On 1 July 1965, the "electric utility assets and undertaking" owned and operated by the Town of Pictou was sold to the Nova Scotia Power Commission for $300,000.  "The Town of Pictou agrees to sell and the Nova Scotia Power Commission agrees to purchase all the undertaking, property and assets of the Town's electric utility including all its assets and undertaking, distribution system, plant, stores, buildings, lands, supplies and all the utility property but not including cash, accounts receivable and investments... The Town will be responsible for all accounts payable to the date of transfer..."

— Source: PUB Annual Report 1965, pages 246-250





 

Pictou County Power Board

Service area: in Pictou County
More about the Pictou County Power Board




Town of Port Hawkesbury

Municipal electric utility
Service area: in Inverness County, the Town of Port Hawkesbury and vicinity




 

Riverport Electric Light Commission

Service area: in Lunenburg County, Riverport and Vicinity
Also see Municipal Electric Utilities of Nova Scotia Co-operative Ltd.




Town of Shelburne

Municipal electric utility
Service area: in Shelburne County, the Town of Shelburne and vicinity

NSL 1909 chapter 105 — Act to authorize the Town of Shelburne to acquire an Electric Lighting system
NSL 1909 chapter 106 — Amendment
NSL 1913 chapter 111 — Amendment





Shubenacadie

Service area: in Colchester County, Shubenacadie

NSL 1913 chapter 126 — Act to authorize the inhabitants to provide themselves with street lighting





Town of Sydney Mines

Municipal electric utility
Service area: in Cape Breton County, the Town of Sydney Mines and vicinity

NSL 1919 chapter 112 — Act to authorize the Town of Sydney Mines to borrow money for generating Electric Current
NSL 1920 chapter 137 — Amendment





Town of Trenton

Municipal electric utility
Service area: in Pictou County

NSL 1912 chapter 136 — Act to authorize the Town of Trenton to install... Electric Light
NSL 1923 chapter 102 — Amendment





Town of Truro

Municipal electric utility
See: Truro Electric Commission




 

Truro Electric Commission

Service area: in Colchester County: Truro, Valley, and vicinity

NSL 1916 chapter   75 — Act to authorize the Town of Truro to install an Electric Light, Heat and Power system
NSL 1917 chapter 128 — Act to constitute an Electric Light Commission
NSL 1917 chapter 129 —
NSL 1919 chapter 114 —
NSL 1920 chapter 142 — To authorize the Town of Truro to borrow money for Electric Light Extension

The electric plant originally owned and operated by Chambers Electric Light & Power Company, was acquired by the Town of Truro on 1 August 1916.  The plant as operated by the Chambers Company "consisted of a number of small D.C. (direct-current) generators connected up with a five-wire distribution system".  A new A.C. (alternating current) generator was installed at the town pumping station, and was put into service in May 1919.  In 1920 an additional generating unit was installed, and in 1922 a boiler was added.  This gave a total station capacity, in March 1923, of 675 kVA (about 600 kW), with two water-tube boilers of 400 horsepower each.

The horsepower rating of steam boilers was/is an indirect matter — as compared to the horsepower rating of a steam engine, which was/is a simple matter of determining the torque available at the working speed, then multiplying the torque (foot-pounds) by the speed (rpm) to obtain the engine horsepower rating.

For a steam boiler, the concepts of torque and rotary speed do not apply.

However, for the convenience of sellers and purchasers of steam machinery, in the mid-1800s the practice grew up of stating boiler capacity in horsepower, to make it easier to decide which boiler was needed to supply steam for a chosen engine.  The idea was that if you wanted a boiler to produce enough steam for, say, a 200 horsepower engine, you could buy a 200 horsepower boiler (being sure to match the steam pressure of the boiler to that needed by the engine) and the boiler would be large enough to do the job.





Upper Church Street Electric Light Commission

Service area: in Kings County, Upper Church Street (about 1km north from Kentville)

NSL 1922 chapter 104 — Act to authorize the inhabitants of Upper Church Street to supply themselves with Electric Light

Upper Church Street sign

Photographed 16 July 2007





Town of Westville

Municipal electric utility
Service area: in Pictou County, the Town of Westville and vicinity

NSL 1913 chapter 117 — Act to authorize the Town of Westville to install an Electric Light Plant
NSL 1914 chapter 139 —
NSL 1915 chapter   73 —





Village of Weymouth

See: Commissioners for the Village of Weymouth




Commissioners for the Village of Weymouth

Service area: in Digby County, Weymouth and vicinity

NSL 1922 chapter 112 — Act to authorize the inhabitants of the Village of Weymouth to supply themselves with a Street Lighting system
NSL 1922 chapter 113 — Amendment





Town of Wolfville

Municipal electric utility
Service area: in Kings County, Wolfville and vicinity

NSL 1907 chapter 122 — Act to authorize the Town of Wolfville to borrow money for an Electric Light and Power system
NSL 1920 chapter 145 — Act constituting the Wolfville Electric Commission
NSL 1920 chapter 146 — Amendment
NSL 1922 chapter   88 —

Also see: Wolfville Electric Commission




Wolfville Electric Commission

Service area: in Kings County: Wolfville and vicinity

NSL 1920 chapter 145 — Act constituting the Wolfville Electric Commission
NSL 1922 chapter   88 —

Also see: Town of Wolfville

The Wolfville Electric Commission was established on 27 April 1920.





Wood's Harbour

Service area: in Shelburne County, Wood's Harbour and vicinity

NSL 1921 chapter 133 — Act to authorize the inhabitants of Wood's Harbour to supply themselves with Electric Light and Power





Woodside

Service area: in Kings County, Woodside and vicinity

NSL 1920 chapter 150 — Act to authorize the inhabitants of Woodside to supply themselves with a system of Street Lighting

See:   Woodside Electric Light Company Limited




Town of Yarmouth

Municipal electric utility
Yarmouth County

NSL 1877 chapter   65 — Act to provide for lighting the streets of the Town of Yarmouth
NSL 1888 chapter   74 — Act to provide for lighting the streets of the Town of Yarmouth
NSL 1902 chapter 126 — Act to provide for supplying the Town of Yarmouth with Light
NSL 1923 chapter 106 — Act to authorize the Town of Yarmouth to borrow money for Pumping and Lighting Plant




 

Renewable-Energy Electric Companies

(Environmentally Green)

These companies are not electric utilities as defined by the Public Utilities Act, but recently – beginning in the mid-1980s with substantial activity since about 2000 – they have taken a place in the public consciousness as part of the overall system that supplies our electric power.  There is no doubt that more companies like these will be formed in the future, and that renewable-energy companies will be increasingly important in years to come.  Because they are not legally electric utilities, they are not required to report to the UARB in the way that is required of the traditional electric utilities, which means that reliable information about their ownership, management, financial circumstances and installed generating capacity is much more difficult to obtain than is the case for the traditional regulated electric utilities.

The traditional utility companies – those that do fit the legal definition of a "public utility" – are easy to identify.  Every year since 1912 an official list has been published, initially by the PUB and since 1992 by the UARB, identifying all public utility companies in Nova Scotia.  This annual list is the only reference one needs – if a company appears in this list it is legally a public utility, and if it doesn't then it isn't.  But these renewable-energy companies do not appear on this official annual list, thus it is more difficult to determine whether a company belongs here.  There are two main sources of information about these companies; the print media and Internet searches.  The following list has been produced with care but it is unlikely that it is complete, and there may be a few companies shown here that do not belong.  Such uncertainties are regrettable, but are unavoidable for electric power companies that are not legally classified as public utilities.

This list (below) of renewable-energy companies includes only one that was initiated before 1980, Minas Basin Pulp & Power Company.  Other companies, active before 1980, that now would be classified as renewable-energy projects (for example, the Cape Split Development Company of 1916, or the Gaspereaux River Light, Heat & Power Company of 1920) are listed above.




Wind farms and related renewable sources are proven technologies.  They can provide clean, sustainable electrical supplies for generations to come.  They can also carry substantial costs and financial risks to developers.  The renewable portfolio standard and the introduction of competition for wholesale electricity will help reduce these risks.  They will help provide certainty that there will be defined markets for independent power producers who want to develop new, renewable generation projects...
Hon. Cecil Clarke, Minister of Energy
speaking on the floor of the Legislature, 27 September 2004


Electricity Marketplace Governance Committee Report, Oct. 2003

Bill 87, An Act Respecting Electricity: Submission to the Law Amendments Committee by Larry Hughes, October 2004

Renewable Energy Promotion in Atlantic Canada May 2005

Bill #87: As Introduced September 2004
Bill #87: As Proclaimed February 2007



Wind Turbine Directory (2012) by Nova Scotia Power

Wind Farm Directory (2014) by Nova Scotia Power





  January 2013
Renewable Electric Generation in Nova Scotia – 2002-2012
Inventory of Renewable Electric Generation in Nova Scotia
2002-2012

—Source: Maritime Link Appendix 6.02, page 9
Maritime Link Appendices 6.01-6.06


Assuming that one MWh is worth about $50 (wholesale),
then  980 GWh  is  worth  about  $50 000 000.
980 GWh annually is worth about $6000 per hour or about $100 per minute, 24/7/365.





3226185 Nova Scotia Limited

1894 Barrington Street, Suite 1800, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Name changed from AWPC Nuttby Holdings Inc. on 27 April 2009

Incorporated and registered on 22 February 2008.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3226185.


AWPC Nuttby Holdings Inc. is a subsidiary of Nova Scotia Power Inc.
Therefore
3226185 Nova Scotia Limited is a subsidiary of Nova Scotia Power Inc.
Source: Application for Approval of Nuttby Mountain Wind Project (NSUARB P-128.09)
NSPI Responses to NSUARB Information Requests (Response IR-23) 23 Oct 2009
http://www.canlii.org/en/ns/nsuarb/doc/2009/2009nsuarb179/2009nsuarb179.html


A Service Agreement between Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) and Atlantic Wind Power Corporation (2005) Ltd. (AWPC) was signed on 27 April 2009.  This agreement with AWPC allows for the provision of services to NSPI related to assistance in construction, negotiation, equipment, material and services necessary to achieve completion of the Nuttby Mountain Wind Project...
Source: Application for Approval of Nuttby Mountain Wind Project (NSUARB P-128.09) 23 Oct 2009
http://www.canlii.org/en/ns/nsuarb/doc/2009/2009nsuarb179/2009nsuarb179.html


Nuttby Mountain Wind Farm: Project Fact Sheet NS Power (no date)
The Nuttby Mountain project received Environmental Assessment Approval by the provincial government in April of 2009. It will have 22 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 45 megawatts.


(1) Nuttby Mountain Wind Farm NS Power 4 Oct 2010
With five turbines energized, Nova Scotia Power's Nuttby Mountain Wind Farm is now providing power to homes and businesses in the province.


(2) Nuttby Mountain Wind Farm NS Power 4 Oct 2010
With five turbines energized, Nova Scotia Power's Nuttby Mountain Wind Farm is now providing power to homes and businesses in the province.





3G Energy Corporation

Suite 101, 70 Iona Street, Ottawa, Ontario

3G Energy Corporation Home page


Wall to wall windmills planned for Cumberland County Amherst Daily News, 27 July 2007


Proposed Higgins Mountain 100MW Wind Farm Expansion


Findlay confident about turbine bid Amherst Daily News, 3 August 2007


Higgins Mountain off wind farm list Amherst Daily News, 4 February 2008
When Nova Scotia Power announces the successful tenders to become part of its initial phase of wind farm electricity producers Higgins Mountain will not be on the list, says Graham Findlay, general manager for 3G Energy.  After a year of working on its proposal the energy producers did not make the cut.  That's not to say, however, the energy company hasn't cut new ground in the wind farm technology sector.  "Nova Scotia Power is playing very tough with our industry," Findlay said addressing the Springhill Chamber of Commerce last week.  "They have penalties for not delivering on schedule..."


Wind report has pros and cons; Concerns remain over setbacks and property value impacts Amherst Daily News, 11 February 2008
Proponents and opponents of wind farms in Cumberland County agree that a study on the industry is a good thing, but both feel it has more than a few drawbacks...





Acadia Wind Farm Energies Limited

2571 Windsor Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 25 August 2005.  Revoked 1 October 2006.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3104632.





Acciona Wind Energy Canada Inc.

Suite 304, 2450 Ridge Road West, Rochester, New York

Registered in Nova Scotia on 28 August 2007.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3221927.

Also see: Acciona Amherst GP Inc.
Also see: Amherst Wind Power LP

Acciona Wind Energy Canada Inc. is owned 100% by Acciona S.A., which is a group based in Spain dedicated to infrastructures and services aimed at sustainable development.  Acciona Energy is a leader in the development, construction, operation and ownership of renewable energy projects.  The company has installed 4,554 megawatts in renewables (as of January 2007) of which 3,228 MW belong to the group.  In the field of wind energy, it has built 166 wind farms in twelve countries, either for its own or for other companies (almost all of them managed and operated by the company), representing total installed wind capacity of 4,410 MW.  Through its subsidiary Acciona Windpower, it manufactures 1,500 kW wind turbines using in-house technology.  It has 19 small hydro power plants, three biomass plants (one of them a 25 MW facility based on straw combustion, 29 MW in photovoltaic power installed and the equivalent to 25 MW of solar thermal capacity).  It has also a biodiesel plant that uses first-use vegetable oils...


Amherst wind farm scheduled for 2008 start
A multi-million-dollar wind farm project put on hold just over a year ago is back on track.  Acciona Energy and Wind Dynamics are proposing to construct and operate a 30-megawatt wind power facility on the marsh near Amherst, Nova Scotia, just west of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Nova Scotia Business Journal 31 October 2007


2008 May 1
Nova Scotia Power has selected Acciona Energy, a world leader in wind development, to build a 30 megawatt wind energy project at Amherst, in Cumberland County.  Acciona will construct, own, and operate the Amherst Wind Energy Project.  Nova Scotia Power and Acciona Wind Energy Canada Inc. have reached a 25-year power purchase agreement for up to 30 MW of wind power from the site.  The Amherst wind park will have twenty 1500 kW ACCIONA wind power turbines.  They will be in service by the end of 2009... The Amherst Wind Energy project is the result of a Request for Proposals from Nova Scotia Power for more energy from renewable sources.  So far, the company has announced new power purchase agreements for 214 megawatts of wind generation.  In all, Nova Scotia Power will sign contracts for at least 240 megawatts of new, renewable energy...
Amherst Wind Energy Project Nova Scotia Power Co. media release





Amherst Wind Energy Project N.S. Environment Department report





On 1 May 2008, Amherst Wind Power LP registered a wind energy project for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Nova Scotia Environment Act.  The purpose of the proposed undertaking is to construct and operate a 30 MW wind energy facility near the town of Amherst, in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia.  The scope of the proposed Project will involve twenty 1.5 MW wind turbine generators...
Amherst Wind Energy Project, Environment Assessment Approval 26 May 2008





Acciona Amherst GP Inc.

Suite 1300, 1969 Upper Water Street, Purdy's Wharf Tower II, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Registered on 27 March 2008.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3226982.

Also see: Amherst Wind Power LP
Also see: Acciona Wind Energy Canada Inc.

Acciona a Spanish company created by merger in 1997





AESWapiti Energy Corporation

Suite 900, 1959 Upper Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 4 April 2006.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3120588.





Amherst Wind Power LP

Suite 1300, 1969 Upper Water Street, Purdy's Wharf Tower II, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Registered on 11 April 2008.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3227520.

Also see: Acciona Amherst GP Inc.
Also see: Acciona Wind Energy Canada Inc.




Atlantic Orient Canada Inc.

Suite 200, 300 Prince Albert Road, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Registered on 5 July 1996.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 2502286.

Atlantic Orient Canada Inc.


2004 July
Atlantic Orient Canada Inc. installed first 50kW net metered wind turbine in Nova Scotia
On 1 July 2004, the first 50 kW wind turbine installed in Nova Scotia was up and running for the Eskasoni First Nations community in Cape Breton.  Perched atop a hill, the 50 kW turbine is powering the band office.  Power from the wind turbine will be metered using Nova Scotia Power's new policy of 'net metering'.  This means that their electricity meter will run 'both ways' measuring both power drawn from the grid and power generated by the wind turbine.  In doing so, Eskasoni's wind power will be valued at full retail rates.  "Net metering makes a big difference to the economics of such projects and allows a wind turbine to pay for itself in a shorter period of time" says David Lombardi, President of Atlantic Orient Canada Inc...


2005 April
Atlantic Orient Canada Inc. wind turbine to power new Police Detachment at Amherst
Atlantic Orient Canada Inc. in partnership with Black and McDonald is installing an AOC 15/50 wind turbine at a new RCMP detachment in Amherst, Nova Scotia.  With above average wind speeds at the site, the new wind turbine is expected to provide more than half of the buildings electrical requirements.  A new monopole tower will replace the standard lattice type structure and the turbine will be equipped with a web-enabled remote status and monitoring system.  A kiosk will be installed at the nearby Nova Scotia Tourist Information center which will allow visitors to access the operating history and current operating parameters of the wind turbine...


Wind turbine will remain inactive Amherst Daily News, 11 August 2008
The wind turbine at the Cumberland RCMP detachment (in Amherst, Nova Scotia) likely won't be spinning anytime soon.  Detachment head Staff Sgt. Frank Kingston said Thursday he is awaiting word from the company on what caused a fire in an electrical panel before he allows the turbine to be reactivated.  "We had a fire in one of our panels and subsequently it has been shut down," Kingston said.  "I'm waiting for a report from the company as to the cause of the fire.  Until I get the engineer's report, I don't want it operating."  The multi-million-dollar turbine installed as part of construction of the new detachment in 2005 went offline earlier this summer.  It's the second time the 50-kilowatt, 24-metre tall turbine has gone on the fritz.  Last summer, the turbine's electrical components were damaged by what was believed to be a lightning strike during a fierce thunderstorm.  When it was repaired last fall, improvements were also made to the turbine's braking system.  Kingston is unsure when the engineering report will be received.  "I'm a police officer, not an engineer, but I want to make sure it's working properly before we turn it back on," Kingston said.  The turbine, developed by Atlantic Orient in conjunction with Black and MacDonald, is expected to save the RCMP approximately $13,000 annually in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 150 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.





Atlantic Wind Power Corporation Limited

1805 Lake George Road, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Incorporated and registered on 2 August 2001.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3058821.

Name changed to PPWF Management Limited on 16 Dec 2005
Also see: PPWF Management Limited

Atlantic Wind Power Corporation website





Atlantic Wind Power Corporation (2005) Limited

Suite 420, 1600 Bedford Highway, Bedford, Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 14 September 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3093398.

A Service Agreement between Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) and Atlantic Wind Power Corporation (2005) Ltd. (AWPC) was signed on 27 April 2009.  This agreement with AWPC allows for the provision of services to NSPI related to assistance in construction, negotiation, equipment, material and services necessary to achieve completion of the Nuttby Mountain Wind Project...
Source: Application for Approval of Nuttby Mountain Wind Project (NSUARB P-128.09) 23 Oct 2009
http://www.nspower.ca/site-nsp/media/nspower/NSPI%20(NSUARB)%20IRs%201-43%20REDACTED.pdf





Barrington Wind Energy Limited

Suite 810, 1801 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 3 October 2003.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3082197.

Also see: Canso Windfield One Inc.

Barrington Wind Energy Limited, founded in 2003, is a Halifax, Nova Scotia based developer of primarily wind-based electricity generating stations employing third-generation wind turbine converters.  The first project is with the Town of Canso, and plans are being developed for seven more sites in Nova Scotia...
References:
Barrington Wind Energy Ltd. 1801 Hollis Street, Halifax
Barrington Wind Energy Ltd. Management
Barrington Wind Energy Ltd. Corporate profile




Canso Wind Farm In November 2003, Barrington Wind Energy Ltd. and the Town of Canso signed an agreement to initiate the wind power project.  A 50m wind test tower was erected and equipped with multiple sensors and an electronic data logger with remote access capabilities to study the wind regime at Canso.  In June 2004, the environmental field survey program was initiated.  The field surveys were necessary to gather the information required to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement for the combined federal and provincial environmental assessment... There will be eight turbines with a capacity of 1.5 or 1.8 MW each, and a total capacity between 12.0 and 14.4 MW.
Canso Wind Farm
Canso Wind Farm




2006 April 25   Four Nova Scotia Towns Choose Wind Energy
Barrington Wind Energy Limited (BWEL) is pleased to announce that it has signed wind power agreements with four Nova Scotia towns.  BWEL will generate power, under Financial Bilateral Contracts, for the towns of Antigonish, Berwick, Canso, and Mahone Bay, from their wind farm project in Canso, anticipated to be a minimum of 12 MW installed capacity.  This is enough power to supply electricity to approximately 3,300 homes in an average year.  The Canso wind farm has been in the planning stage for over two years.  It will be built in and around the Town of Canso, on both public and privately-owned lands.  The wind turbine generators will be state-of-the-art towers.  BWEL anticipates that the project will be in service in 2008...
Barrington Wind Energy Ltd. press release 25 April 2006

ICS comment:—
Barrington Wind Energy Ltd. has entrusted the
writing of its media releases to someone who
obviously has no understanding of electric power.


"This is enough power to supply electricity to
approximately 3,300 homes in an average year."


          "in an average year"?
That could not have been written by anyone who
understands what a megawatt is.  By the way,
Barrington Wind Energy's press releases repeatedly
misspell the name of that important power unit.



Halifax Enters Into Long-Term Wind Energy Contracts 11 January 2007
Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, has agreed to enter into long-term agreements with two wind-generation power companies to purchase between 22 GWh and 25 GWh annually for the next 20 years.  HRM staff forecasts that these agreements will result in a saving of $8.3 million to $28 million in electricity costs through the life of the contracts with Nova Scotia-headquartered Barrington Wind Energy Ltd. and Ontario-based Ventus Energy Inc.  "The contracts, when finalized, will probably allow HRM to meet its goal – of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent – earlier than originally targeted," says Councillor Linda Mosher, co-chair of HRM's energy and underground services committee.  "We are definitely one of the first municipalities in the country to be going wind power in a substantial way."  These two contracts are a result of HRM's request for proposals that was issued last summer to companies interested in providing wind-generated electricity to the municipality.  The two successful companies scored 90% on three deciding factors: experience, timeliness and financial/contract terms.  HRM adds that final approval of the contracts is contingent on necessary amendments to the provincial Energy Act, as well as required Nova Scotia Utility and review board hearings and approvals.
— North American Windpower, Zackin Publications Inc., 11 January 2007




Canso Wind Farm: Environmental Impact Statement Barrington Wind Energy Limited, April 2006





The Bay Wind Field Inc.

38 Sunset Drive, Smith's Cove, Digby County, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 12 January 2001.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3052435.

More about The Bay Wind Field Inc.





 

Black River Hydro Limited

249 MacLellan's Road, Black River, Inverness County, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 27 September 1983.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 1537416.

In 1984, Black River Hydro Limited built a 230 kW hydro-electric generating plant in Melford, Guysborough County.  The plant went into operation (first sale of electricity through the meter to Nova Scotia Power Inc.) on 4 July 1984.  Since that time it has operated the generating station, and sold electricity to Nova Scotia Power Inc., on a contract term that now (2006) entends to 2023.  Black River Hydro Ltd. was the first small-scale privately-owned company in Nova Scotia to successfully negotiate a contract to sell hydroelectric power to the provincial utility.  The company is a leader in proving that small companies can own and operate small electrical generating facilities and sell power to the local electric utility company.

Black River Hydro Ltd. is a one-man company.  According to the official records of the Joint Stock Registry (August 2006), Neal Livingston is the sole director, president, secretary, and treasurer of the company.
Reference: Profile

Water Power (film)





Black River Wind Limited

249 MacLellan's Road, Black River, Inverness County, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 1 April 2005.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3099657.

On 17 October 2005, Black River Wind Ltd. registered the Wind Energy Project, Creignish Rear Site for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act.  The purpose of the proposed undertaking is to erect six 1.2 MW wind turbines at Creignish Rear, Inverness County, Nova Scotia.  Three turbines will be installed beginning in spring 2006 and three will be installed in a later project phase.
Reference: Wind Energy Project, Creignish Rear Site


Hansard, 28 October 2005:
Hon. Angus MacIsaac: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Natural Resources, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:
      Whereas the province recognizes the economic and environmental benefits of wind energy to generate electricity; and
      Whereas the Department of Natural Resources, together with the Department of Energy, developed a policy in order that Crown land might be made available for wind energy generation in accordance with certain policies and procedures; and
      Whereas the department's first lease agreement for wind energy generation on Crown land was signed with Black River Wind Limited of Inverness County on May 19, 2005;
      Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Black River Wind Limited for obtaining the first lease for wind energy generation on Crown land at Cape Mabou Highlands, Inverness County and recognize the importance of the wind energy industry in the future production and use of energy in the province...
Source: Nova Scotia Legislature, Resolution No. 4954





Brooklyn Cogen Limited

Incorporated on 04 February 1994.  Struck off 07 February 2008.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 2291457.





 

Brooklyn Energy Limited Partnership

Registered on 17 November 1993.  Inactivated 01 September 2000.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 2305412.

Brooklyn Energy Centre

In business since 11 March 1994.  Revoked 02 August 2001.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 2375135.

Queens County: Brooklyn
Also see: Brooklyn Power Corporation
Also see: Polsky Energy Corporation of Brooklyn Inc.

Brooklyn Energy Limited Partnership was registered as a Nova Scotia Limited Partnership on 17 November 1993 with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies.  Its registered office was at 5151 George Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Brooklyn Energy Centre was registered as a Business Name on 10 June 1994 with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies.  Its registered office was at 5151 George Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Source: Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies [RJSC]
    http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/business/rjsc/




On 11 March 1994, Energy Initiatives Inc. (EI) entered into an agreement with Polsky Energy Corporation of Brooklyn Inc. to invest up to US$9,700,000 of equity in Brooklyn Energy Limited Partnership.

The equity was to be used toward the construction and operation of a 24 MW wood and oil-fired cogeneration facility, which was/is located in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Commercial operation of the facility was scheduled to commence in 1996.  EI Services Canada Limited was formed to provide operations and maintenance services to EWGs in Canada.

General Public Utilities Corporation (GPU) holds
        100% of the equity in EI Services Canada Ltd.;
        100% of the equity in EI Canada Holding Ltd.;
        100% of the equity in EI Brooklyn Investment Ltd.;
        100% of the equity in EI Brooklyn Power Ltd.; and
        75% of the equity in Brooklyn Energy LP.

EI Services Canada Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EI Canada Holding Limited, which in turn is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Initiatives Inc.  The remaining 75% of the equity in Brooklyn Energy LP is held by Polsky Energy Corporation of Brooklyn Incorporated and Brooklyn Cogen Limited, which are incorporated in Canada.

On 11 March 1994, a letter of credit in the face amount of US$9,700,000 was issued by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, in favor of The Mutual Life Assurance Company of Canada to support EI's equity commitment to Brooklyn Energy Limited Partnership.  The letter of credit carried a fee equal to 0.625 of 1 percent per annum of the face amount, and expired on 11 December 1996.  GPU entered into the related reimbursement agreement.

On 11 December 1996, a letter of credit in the face amount of $9,700,000 issued on 11 March 1994 and scheduled to expire on 11 December 1996, was extended to 11 June 1997.  The letter of credit was issued by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, in favor of The Mutual Life Assurance Company of Canada to support GPU International's equity commitment to Brooklyn Energy Limited Partnership.  The letter of credit carried a fee equal to 0.625 of 1 percent per annum of the face amount.  GPU entered into the related reimbursement agreement.

Date: 4 April 1997 — GPU International has agreed to contribute C$12,944,000, or approximately US$9,700,000, in equity and an additional C$1,000,000, or approximately US$700,000, in subordinated debt to Brooklyn Energy Limited Partnership, which owns a 24 MW wood and oil-fired cogeneration facility located in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Commercial operation of the facility commenced in April 1996.

Sources: Official reports dated 27 Jan 1994, 30 Aug 1995, 16 Nov 1995, 1 Apr 1996, 8 May 1996, 31 May 1996, 30 Aug 1996, 27 Feb 1997, 4 Apr 1997, 2 Jun 1997, 9 Aug 1997, 21 Aug 1997, 3 Dec 1997, and 4 May 1998,
by General Public Utilities Corporation, Parsippany, New Jersey
to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C.
    http://www.bandwidthmarket.com/resources/sec/
        General_Public_Utilites_Corp/0000040779-94-000004.txt
        General_Public_Utilites_Corp/0000040779-95-000062.txt
        General_Public_Utilites_Corp/0000040779-95-000089.txt
        General_Public_Utilites_Corp/0000040779-96-000020.txt
        General_Public_Utilites_Corp/0000040779-96-000036.txt
        General_Public_Utilites_Corp/0000040779-96-000040.txt
        General_Public_Utilites_Corp/0000040779-96-000070.txt
        General_Public_Utilites_Corp/0000040779-97-000010.txt
        General_Public_Utilites_Corp/0000040779-97-000018.txt
        General_Public_Utilites_Corp/0000040779-97-000031.txt
        General_Public_Utilites_Corp/0000040779-97-000058.txt
        General_Public_Utilites_Corp/0000040779-97-000062.txt
        General_Public_Utilites_Corp/0000040779-97-000088.txt
        General_Public_Utilites_Corp/0000040779-98-000028.txt




EI Brooklyn Power Limited [RJSC ID#2322117] was incorporated on 23 December 1993.  Its registered office was at 791 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia. As of 5 January 2001, the company's sole director was
•   Bruce L. Levy, Pomona, New York; President
Source: Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies [RJSC]
    http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/business/rjsc/


EI Brooklyn Investments Limited [RJSC ID#2285241] was incorporated on 3 March 1994.  Its registered office was at 1791 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Source: Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies [RJSC]
    http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/business/rjsc/





 

Wood-Fired Electric Generating Plant
Scheduled to Close

Power Station Losing Money

Fate of 28 Jobs Uncertain as Layoff Notices are Issued
29 December 1997

EI Services Canada is closing its operation of the Brooklyn Energy Centre and is looking to its investors to pick up the pieces.  Due to continuing financial losses, the wood-fired electric power generating station will no longer be run by the company as of the end of February.  Company spokesperson Pat Doll says contracts to supply electric power and steam to its customers are not enough to keep the operation afloat.  He noted that start-up problems have been a thorn in the company's side since the plant began operation in 1996.  The plant has a 20-year contract to supply steam to Bowater Mersey, and a 33-year contract to supply 22 megawatts of electric power to Nova Scotia Power Inc. Bowater relies on the plant for about 75% of the steam it needs for its pulp and newsprint manufacturing operations.

"EI Services Canada has announced it will cease providing operating and maintenance services to the Brooklyn Energy Centre on or before 1 March 1998.  This decision has resulted from the inability of the owner, Brooklyn Energy Partnership, to pay certain amounts which are due to EI Services Canada," said a release sent out by fax on 7 January 1998.

Although EI Services, a subsidiary of Polsky Energy Corporation of Illinois, will no longer operate the plant, the door is open for the investors to restructure the plant's operations, Doll said.  "The lending institutions will now decide its future," he said.  "Our hope is that they would continue its operation under new management.  It is a very good plant."  28 people work at the plant, which has a payroll of around $1,000,000 annually.  Layoff notices were issued on Monday, 29 December 1997, and are effective in eight weeks.

The plant is located in Brooklyn, Queens County, across Highway 3 from the Bowater Mersey paper mill.  It burns wood products such as bark and other wood scraps from Bowater Mersey and other producers of wood waste, and supplies steam to Bowater for use in the mill's operation.  The plant's electrical output is purchased by Nova Scotia Power Inc., and is fed into the provincial electrical grid.  A group of companies invested close to $80,000,000 to build the Brooklyn generating station.  Federal, provincial, and municipal governments invested more than $12,000,000 in the project.

Excerpted from the Liverpool Advance, 7 January 1998, and
the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 8 January 1998





 

Brooklyn Power Corporation

65 Bowater Mersey hauling Road, Brooklyn, Queens Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 21 May 1998.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3023263.

Queens County: Brooklyn
Also see: Brooklyn Energy Limited Partnership
Also see: Polsky Energy Corporation
Also see: South Shore Power Services Incorporated

The Brooklyn Power Corporation was incorporated on 21 May 1998.  As of 2 December 2001, its registered office was at 67 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, and the company's directors were:
•   William Sutherland, Waterloo, Ontario; President
•   Jerry Domanus, Montreal, Quebec
•   Luc Fournier, Levis, Quebec
•   Kelly Kwan, Toronto, Ontario; Secretary
Source: Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies [RJSC]
    http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/business/rjsc/




The final sale of the Brooklyn Energy Centre is complete.  The plant has been sold to the original lenders of the project, a group of large insurance companies.  The plant will continue to be operated by South Shore Power Service.
[Bridgewater Bulletin, 24 February 1999]




The McCarthy Tetrault law firm acted on behalf of a syndicate of life insurance companies in connection with the acquisition and financing of the Brooklyn Energy Center.




The Brooklyn Energy Centre is a $75,000,000 waste wood co-generation facility supplying electrical energy to Nova Scotia Power Inc. and steam energy to Bowater Mersey Paper Company.  The plant's electrical capacity is 28 MW gross (electrical output of the turbine generator) or 22 MW net (after deducting the plant's internal use of power for electric motors for pumping boiler feedwater, driving conveyor belts, processing fuel, rotating field excitation, lighting, etc.)
     http://access.nscc.ns.ca/Industry/students.htm




 

November 2001 — Brooklyn Power Corporation, which supplies steam to the Bowater Mersey paper mill, is suing Bowater for six million dollars.  In papers filed with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Brooklyn Power claims Bowater owes it $6,100,000 in payments dating to May 2000.  That's when the province forced the steam plant to use a higher grade of fuel to fire its boilers to supply Bowater.

The steam plant, located across Highway 1 from the Bowater mill at Brooklyn in Queens County, has been supplying Bowater with steam since 1993, first under the ownership of Brooklyn Energy and recently under the ownership of Brooklyn Power.  Brooklyn Power's fuel is mainly wood waste — tree bark and wood scraps — it gets from Bowater.  Bowater agreed to pay Brooklyn Power "at a price determined in part by the actual average weighted cost of fuel oil Brooklyn Power uses," the power company's statement of claim says.

The Environment Department originally allowed Brooklyn Power to burn number 6 fuel oil, commonly called Bunker C.  In 2000 the department amended its permit forcing Brooklyn Power to use higher grade number 2 oil, which costs more than bunker C.

Since the revised permit went into effect, Brooklyn Power has sent Bowater monthly invoices with the recalculated amount, but "Bowater has refused to pay the extra costs associated with the required change in fuel oil," Brooklyn Power said in its statement of claim.  Bowater has until early December to file a defence.

In 1998, Brooklyn Energy Limited Partnership, which designed and built the steam plant and operated it for the first few years, went bankrupt.  A year later, a group of insurance companies that had been among its secured creditors, bought it.

Last month, Finance Minister Neil LeBlanc wrote off $911,527 the defunct partnership owed the province.

[Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 21 November 2001]





Canso Wind Energy Centre ULC

Suite 4500, 855 Second Street SW, Calgary, Alberta

Incorporated on 19 December 2007.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3224792.





Canso Windfield One Inc.

Suite 810, 1801 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 10 November 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3095413.

Also see: Barrington Wind Energy Limited

30 May 2006:— Barrington Wind Energy Limited (BWEL) affiliate Canso Windfield One Inc. has signed an agreement with Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. to provide wind power from BWEL's proposed Canso facility.  BWEL will generate power from its Canso-based wind farm project under a financial bilateral contract with Michelin.  Michelin will not receive direct delivery of energy produced by the Canso wind farm project.  The Canso wind farm project would sell energy to a transmission company. This contract is for 12 MW of installed capacity.  Michelin and BWEL have been in discussions for more than a year to enable this project in the Town of Canso, the companies say...
Source:— Canso Wind Farm Project





Cape Breton Explorations Limited

Suite 275, 500 George Place, Sydney, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 1 March 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3087092.

Also see: Cape Breton Hydro Inc.

Cape Breton Explorations Limited proposes to develop a hybrid wind/hydro pump storage power generating facility on the hills above Lake Uist.  The reservoir, the penstock, the hydro turbines and most of the wind resource are located in Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM); however, two or three turbines may be located in the Municipality of the County of Richmond...
References:
Official Public Notice of Proposed Pump Storage Facility 3 Dec 2007
Official Public Notice: NS Royal Gazette Part I, v216 n50 12 Dec 2007
Draft Terms of Reference, Environmental Assessment 8 Dec 2007
Final Terms of Reference, Environmental Assessment 28 Feb 2008

Deputy warden questions C.B. wind farm proposal Halifax Chronicle Herald, 13 February 2008
The deputy warden for Richmond County says he's concerned that a proposed green energy project might do more harm than good.  Clair Rankin said Tuesday he's skeptical about a wind farm that Cape Breton Explorations hopes to build around Bras d'Or Lake...





Cape Breton Explorations Limited has proposed a 200-megawatt hybrid wind hydro-power development at Lake Uist.  The project would feed wind-generated power from 44 wind turbines directly into the electrical power grid during the day when demand is high.  At night, during off hours, the wind turbines would supply power to pump water from Lake Uist through a buried penstock to a reservoir three kilometres away and more than 100 metres higher.  Pumped water would later flow back down the penstock to drive turbines to generate electricity before dispersing into the lower lake where it originated.
Source: Cape Breton Post, 22 June 2008

This is an example of a "pumped storage" system, a method of storing energy at a time when lower-cost electrical power is available (usually at night) and making it available during the day when electric power demand is high.  Pumped storage has been known for more than fifty years as as a feasible and practical technology for effectively storing large quantities of energy.  It is needed because energy in electrical form can be stored only in very tiny quantities.  There is no technology available now or in the foreseeable future that could store energy in electrical form in the quantities that pumped storage facilities routinely handle.  This Lake Uist system will use wind to generate electrical energy at night when it is not needed on the grid, and store it as elevated water for recovery to meet heavy demand the following day.





Cape Breton Hydro Inc.

500 George Place, Sydney, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 12 June 2007
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3218364.

Also see: Cape Breton Explorations Limited




Cape Breton Power Limited

11 Eleventh Street, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 29 April 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3089142.

Also see: Glace Bay Lingan Wind Power Limited

Cape Breton Power Ltd. now (July 2008) has 17.4 MW of wind energy in production.
Cape Breton Power Limited Website home page

On 21 October 2005, Cape Breton Power Ltd. registered the 4 MW Lingan Wind Power Project for environmental assessment.  The plan is to erect two 2 MW wind turbines on the coastal barrens northwest of the Lingan power station in Cape Breton Municipality.  Cape Breton Power Ltd. plans to begin construction in the fall of 2005 and operation to begin in early 2007.


Cape Breton couple says wind turbines behind home making life miserable Canadian Press, 7 October 2010
The Lingan wind farm's seven turbines have lined the shore facing the North Atlantic since 2006, producing 16 megawatts with a yearly output of about 55,000 megawatt hours... The turbines were part of the Glace Bay-Lingan wind farm that had been operated by Cape Breton Power Ltd., before being sold to Confederation Power a couple of years ago...

Confederation Power Inc. Glace Bay projects





The Cape Breton West Wind Field Inc.

249 MacLellan's Road, Black River, Inverness County, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 4 December 2001.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3062147.





The Chebucto Wind Field Inc.

5 Bligh Street, Dartmouth, Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 4 December 2001.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3062148.

More about The Chebucto Wind Field Inc.





Clydesdale Hydro Electric Company Inc.

2902 Browns Mountain Road, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 6 October 2005.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3107115.





Cobequid Area Wind Farms Inc.

Incorporated on 14 September 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3093515.





Cobequid Wind Power Inc.

32 Parker Street, Truro, Colchester County, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 8 April 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3088533.





The Colchester-Cumberland Wind Field Inc.

1594 Highway 246, Tatamagouche, Colchester County, Nova Scotia
formerly The Cumberland Wind Field Inc. (name changed 24 August 2006)

Incorporated on 23 September 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3093888.

More about The Colchester-Cumberland Wind Field Inc.


Wind farms construction guidelines get positive reaction Truro Daily News, 1 February 2008
Nova Scotia municipalities now have some model guidelines to follow when dealing with proposals to construct wind farms in their communities.  The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities released the model wind bylaws Friday to help municipalities establish rules around where wind turbines can be erected.  And that's good news for such elected representatives as Colchester County Councillor Doug Cooke who believes the municipality should begin drafting its own bylaws as soon as possible, in light of the growing number of wind farm projects being proposed. ...


Up to municipalities to set turbine rules, report says Halifax Chronicle Herald, 2 February 2008
A new report prepared for the group representing Nova Scotia municipalities concludes there are no internationally accepted standards for dealing with the controversial issues around wind energy.  The 117-page study by environmental consultant Jacques Whitford outlines a broad range of possibilities available to host municipalities but says it will be up to elected officials to decide how restrictive they want to be in their approach to regulation and the specifics of their bylaws.  Setting rules governing the location of wind turbines is up to the municipality...





No single answer for wind farm rules: report CBC News, 6 February 2008
Nova Scotia municipalities grappling with questions about wind turbines near homes will not find a templated solution in a new report prepared for the group representing them.  A consultants' report suggests the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities choose land-use bylaws or development agreements to make rules dealing with noise from wind turbines and the distance they should be from homes...





Confederation Power Inc.

Suite 1400, 95 Wellington Street West, Toronto, Ontario
formerly Springhill Riverhurst Wind Power Limited (name changed 25 July 2007)

Incorporated 21 December 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3097629.

On 23 October 2006, the Nova Scotia Environment Minister formally approved the 3.5 MW Higgins Mountain Road wind power project initiated by Springhill Riverhurst Wind Power Limited.
Ref: Environmental Assessment with Conditions: 3.5MW Wind Power Project, Higgins Mountain Road
Ref: Official Approval: 3.5MW Wind Power Project, Higgins Mountain Road
In November 2006, this company (under its former name Springhill Riverhurst Wind Power Limited) installed three 1200 kW wind turbines, for a total installed capacity of 3.6 MW, at Higgins Mountain Road, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia.  These turbines were put into operation in December 2006, with the generated energy being bought by Nova Scotia Power.

GPS location:   45°34'18"N   63°37'04"W
Google map: Higgins Mountain Wind Turbine Site


Company wants more wind power Amherst Daily News, 27 July 2007
An Ontario company is planning to invest $200 million in the expansion of two separate wind farm projects in Cumberland County.  Springhill Riverhurst Wind Power Ltd., represented by 3G Energy Corp., is holding a pair of public meetings in Rodney and Westchester next week to discuss the addition of 72 turbines between the two locations before 2010...




Confederation Power Inc. core projects
  • 24 MW of operating wind capacity in Nova Scotia.  All power is sold to Nova Scotia Power Inc. under long-term power purchase agreements;
  • 18 hydroelectric sites in development located in British Columbia representing over 150 MW of capacity;
  • Expansion potential of over 250 MW at the Nova Scotia wind farms; and
  • Two wind power development sites in Saskatchewan representing 40 MW of capacity.

Confederation Power Inc. Higgins Mountain Wind Farm
Confederation Power Inc. Springhill projects
Confederation Power Inc. Glace Bay projects




Cumberland County welcomes more wind power: Higgins Mountain 21 Nov 2006




Wall to wall windmills planned for Cumberland County Amherst Daily News, 27 July 2007




Shadow Flicker Report, proposed expansion of Higgins Mountain Wind Farm




Higgins Mountain Off Wind Farm List Amherst Daily News, 4 Feb 2008





Creststreet Mutual Funds Limited

70 University Avenue, Suite 1450, Toronto, Ontario
Name changed from Creststreet Resource Fund Limited

Incorporated 13 October 1999.
Registered in Nova Scotia 19 December 2001.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3062668.

Also see: Creststreet Power & Income Fund LP




Creststreet Power & Income Fund LP

70 University Avenue, Suite 1450, Toronto, Ontario

Registered in Nova Scotia 16 December 2003.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3084624.

Also see: Creststreet Mutual Funds Limited
Also see: Pubnico Point Wind Farm Inc.

Creststreet Power & Income Fund LP Commences Strategic Review and Reports Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Restates Previous Quarters Creststreet press release 8 November 2007
Creststreet Power & Income Fund LP (the "Partnership") reported electrical based revenue of $3.3 million for the third quarter of 2007 compared to $3.1 million for the same period in 2006 due to improved operating performance despite a 20-day curtailment to 25 MW by Hydro Quebec.  Revenue for the nine month period ended 30 September 2007 increased to $12.5 million from $10.8 million in 2006 as both wind energy projects had improved turbine availability for the nine month period.  For the three and nine month periods ended 30 September 2007 the Partnership's production was approximately 17% and 6%, (2006: 17% and 17%) respectively below the independent engineer's long-term projection.  The third quarter is traditionally the lowest season for wind speeds for the wind farms... Pubnico Point and Mount Copper delivered an aggregate 50.0 gigawatt hours of electricity during the third quarter of 2007 to Hydro-Quebec and Nova Scotia Power pursuant to their long-term power purchase agreements compared to 48.7 gigawatt hours in 2006.  For the nine months ended 30 September 2007 the Partnership delivered an aggregate of 192.6 gigawatt hours compared to 168.4 gigawatt hours in 2006... For the nine months period ended 30 September 2007, Pubnico Point's production was 8% below the independent engineers projection compared to 7% below in 2006.  During the third quarter of 2007, Pubnico Point's production was approximately 27% below the independent engineer's long-term projection compared to approximately 17% below in the prior year.  This deviation was principally a result of lower wind speeds in the quarter.  Turbine availability was in line with the Manager's expectations for the three and nine months period ended 30 September 2007...


Winds of change blow in; Creststreet to sell stake in Pubnico power project Halifax Chronicle Herald, 7 February 2008
Atlantic Canada's largest wind farm is up for sale.  Creststreet Power and Income Fund LP of Toronto, a significant owner of the $50-million wind farm in Pubnico Point, Yarmouth County, wants to sell its share of the development in response to the federal government's decision to eliminate the tax benefits of trusts...


Creststreet Power & Income Fund LP Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual 2007 Financial Results Creststreet press release 27 March 2008
Creststreet Power & Income Fund LP (the "Partnership") today reported its fourth quarter and 2007 annual financial results.  Electrical based revenue for the year ending 31 December 2007 was $17.6 million, an increase from $15.3 million for 2006 due to improved operating performance.  The increase of $2.3 million over 2006 revenue was primarily due to higher wind speeds in the first quarter of 2007 compared to the first quarter of 2006 and improved turbine availability.  The Partnership's production was approximately 6% (2006: 17%) below management's long-term projection. The wind energy projects delivered an aggregate 271 gigawatt hours compared to 238 gigawatt hours in 2006 of electricity to Hydro-Quebec and Nova Scotia Power in 2007 pursuant to their long term power purchase agreements... For the year ended 31 December 2007, Pubnico Point's production was 5% below management's long term projection compared to 6% below in 2006.  The majority of the deviation in energy production was the result of wind speeds that were below the projected long-term average.  The improvement from the prior year related to improved turbine availability.  Pubnico's turbine availability for the year at 97.5% exceeded Management's expectations and warranted levels...


Creststreet Power & Income Fund LP Announces Completion of Sale of its Windpower Subsidiaries Creststreet press release 27 June 2008
CALGARY — Creststreet Power & Income Fund LP (the "Partnership") announced that it has completed the sale to an affiliate of FPL Energy LLC of the shares of the Partnership's two operating subsidiaries: Mount Copper Wind Power Energy Inc. (54MW) and Pubnico Point Wind Farm Inc. (30.6MW), for $121.6 million...





The Cumberland Wind Field Inc.

Incorporated on 23 September 2004.
Name changed 24 August 2006 to The Colchester-Cumberland Wind Field Inc.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3093888.

See: The Colchester-Cumberland Wind Field Inc.




EarthFirst Canada Inc.

2960 B Jutland Road, Victoria, British Columbia

Incorporated on 1 January 2008.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3228505.

Also see: EarthFirst Nuttby Inc.




EarthFirst Nuttby Inc.

Suite 3700, 400 Third Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta
formerly 3217284 Nova Scotia Limited (name changed 17 June 2008)

Incorporated on 14 May 2007.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3217284.

Also see: EarthFirst Canada Inc.

On 17 June 2008, 3217284 Nova Scotia Limited (a subsidiary of EarthFirst Canada Inc.), registered a wind energy project for environmental assessment.  The proposal is to construct and operate a wind energy facility on Nuttby Mountain, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, involving 18 wind turbine generators for a combined capacity of 45 megawatts.
Nuttby Mountain Wind Farm Public Notice
Nuttby Mountain Wind Farm
Nuttby Mountain Wind Farm Environmental Assessment
Nuttby Mountain Wind Farm Appendix A with Map

Nuttby wind farm project approved
Premier Rodney MacDonald is coming to Truro today (18 March 2008) to announce approval of a 45 megawatt wind farm on Nuttby Mountain.  The project will see approximately twenty 120-metre-tall windmills constructed near the top of the highest point on mainland Nova Scotia.  While officials were keeping mum about precise details surrounding the announcement, the Truro Daily News has learned the premier will confirm approval of a proposal put forth last fall by Cobequid Area Wind Farms Inc.  Nova Scotia Power has called for proposals for alternative energy sources to meet a provincial objective to have nearly 20 per cent of the province's electricity come from green sources such as wind by 2013...
Truro Daily News 18 March 2008


EarthFirst buys out Nuttby wind farm
EarthFirst Canada Inc., a newly created wind company, announced it has bought the proposed 45-megawatt Nuttby Mountain wind energy project in Colchester County from Atlantic Wind Power Corp. and its partner, Cobequid Area Windfarms.  EarthFirst paid $75,000 cash, along with $374,400 in shares (based on 192,000 EarthFirst shares at $1.95 each) and a small share of gross revenue over the life of the project, Derren Newell, vice-president finance, said in a telephone interview from Calgary.  Nova Scotia Power will purchase the wind-generated power but details of that agreement, including the price paid per kilowatt-hour, were not disclosed.  The wind farm, with up to 22 turbines, will cost $90 million to $100 million and will be located about four kilometres north of the village of Nuttby and six kilometres east of Earltown...
— Halifax Chronicle-Herald 19 March 2008


Windmill won't be constructed at top of Nuttby Mountain
Fears that a scenic lookout point on the top of Nuttby Mountain would be ruined by the installation of a huge wind turbine have been laid to rest.  Clair Peers, president of Cobequid Wind Power, a development partner in the Nuttby Mountain project, confirmed Thursday afternoon (15 May 2008) that a turbine would not be constructed on the mountain's highest point.  "The thing is with this particular high spot is it's just not a stable enough location," said Peers.  He did say, however, there would most likely be a windmill constructed near the peak, but was unsure exactly how close it would be...
Truro Daily News 16 May 2008





The Evangeline Wind Field Inc.

Incorporated on 1 February 2001.  Revoked 3 April 2006.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3053098.




Fitzpatrick Mountain Wind Energy Inc.

15 Dartmouth Road, Bedford, Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 28 September 2007.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3222750.





Four Lakes Hydro

116 Henry Avenue, Fall River, Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia

Registered on 2 August 2007.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3221133.





FPL Energy Power Marketing Inc.

700 Universe Boulevard, Juno Beach, Florida

Incorporated 25 June 1998.
Registered in Nova Scotia 26 September 2007.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3222632.
(Name changed to NextEra Energy Power Marketing LLC on 12 March 2009)

Also see: NextEra Energy Canada ULC
Also see: NextEra Energy Power Marketing LLC
Also see: NextEra Energy Resources LLC
Also see: Pubnico Point Wind Farm Inc.

Florida Power & Light Company Home page
Florida Power & Light Company History
Florida Power & Light Company Wikipedia

FPL Energy Home page
FPL Energy About FPL Energy
FPL Energy Generating plant portfolio
FPL Energy Wind facilities
        Pubnico Point





FPL Energy Inc acquires Mount Copper Wind Power Energy from Creststreet Power & Inc Fund Thomson Financial Worldwide Mergers & Acquisitions, 27 June 2008
On this day FPL Energy Inc., a unit of FPL Group Inc., acquired all of the outstanding stock of Pubnico Point Wind Farm Inc. (an electric power company operating 17 wind turbines located in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, the largest wind farm in Atlantic Canada) from Creststreet Power & Income Fund LP (based in Calgary, Alberta).  FPL Energy is the power generation arm of FPL Group, a publicly traded energy company with US$16 billion in assets.  It has 55 wind farms in 16 states and is the largest generator of wind power in North America and the second largest in the world, behind Acciona Energy of Spain.





Ft. Lawrence Wind Energy Centre ULC

Suite 4500, 855 Second Street SW, Calgary, Alberta

Incorporated on 19 December 2007.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3224812.





GE Hydro

2300 Meadowvale Boulevard, Mississauga, Ontario

Registered on 9 March 1993.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 2245098.





GBL Wind Power (Phase II) Limited

11 Eleventh Street, Glace bay, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 19 May 2006.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3149371.





Glace Bay Lingan Wind Power Limited

11 Eleventh Street, Glace bay, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 10 December 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3096309.

Also see: Cape Breton Power Limited

4MW Lingan Wind Power Project N.S. Environment Department report





Glace Bay Wind Energy Society

696 Main Street, Glace bay, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 13 March 2003.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3076593.





The Glooscap Wind Field Inc.

49 Water Street, Windsor, Hants County, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 6 September 2005.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3104972.

More about The Glooscap Wind Field Inc.





The Gold Coast Wind Field Inc.

49 Water Street, Windsor, Hants County, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 14 September 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3093531.

More about The Gold Coast Wind Field Inc.





The Isle Wind Field Inc.

255 Jury Street, New Glasgow, Pictou County, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 23 November 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3095649.

More about The Isle Wind Field Inc.





 

Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company Ltd.

53 Prince Street, Hantsport, Nova Scotia

Incorporated 9 March 1927.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 1001762.


Location near Parrsboro in Bay of Fundy eyed for electricity project:
...Last year, the Nova Scotia government announced successful bidders who will put pilot demonstration turbines in the Bay of Fundy in the spring.  Simon Melrose, an expert in ocean applied science with Oceans Limited, is carrying out oceanography for the tidal project for Minas Basin Pulp and Power.  The Hantsport firm won the contract to build a tidal energy test facility, a large part of the project that includes designing and operating a structure to receive electricity from the turbines and process data.  Scientists have been busy searching for a level spot for the turbines about 40 to 50 metres underwater, where the tide flows in a linear direction instead of swirling in numerous directions, Mr. Melrose told the Canadian Underwater Conference and Exhibition in Halifax on Tuesday... Scientists with the project have found the tidal currents are moving much faster in the Bay of Fundy than previously thought, which could mean more electricity if the energy can be harnessed...
—  Source: "Tidal turbine spot found" Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 10 Sep 2008





 

Morgan Falls Power Company

Suite 200, 300 Prince Albert Road, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

In business since 5 May 1994.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 2366771.

The Morgan Falls hydroelectric generating plant began regular operation in January 1996.
Government press release 17 October 1996





NewPage Port Hawkesbury Limited

120 Pulp Mill Road, Port Hawkesbury, Inverness County, Nova Scotia

Amalgamated on 1 January 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3085119.

The Newpage paper mill (formerly Stora Enso) at Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, is planning a 60 MW biomass project, expected to be in operation late in 2010.

2008 May
Newpage Corporation is the largest North American manufacturer of coated paper products, currently with a total annual production capacity of approximately 4.3 million short tons of coated paper, which represents approximately 32% of 2007 North American production capacity and net North American imports of coated paper, according to RISI Inc.
Source:— Newpage Corporation official prospectus dated 6 May 2008
SEC EDGAR Filing Information  http://edgar.sec.gov/





NextEra Energy Canada ULC

7075 Bayers Road, Suite 2000, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Incorporated 8 May 2006.
Registered in Nova Scotia 2 June 2009.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3237232.
     (formerly FPL Group)

Also see: FPL Energy Power Marketing Inc.
Also see: NextEra Energy Power Marketing LLC
Also see: NextEra Energy Resources LLC
Also see: Pubnico Point Wind Farm Inc.

NextEra Energy Canada ULC is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc., which itself is a subsidiary of Florida Power & Light Company.  NextEra Energy Inc. is a leading clean energy company with 2009 revenues of more than $15 billion, nearly 43,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and more than 15,000 employees in 28 states and Canada.  Headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida, NextEra Energy's principal subsidiaries are NextEra Energy Resources LLC, the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun, and Florida Power & Light Company, which serves approximately 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the country.  Through its subsidiaries, NextEra Energy collectively operates the third largest U.S. nuclear power generation fleet.
NextEra Energy Inc.





NextEra Energy Power Marketing LLC

7075 Bayers Road, Suite 2000, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Incorporated 25 June 1998.
Registered in Nova Scotia 26 September 2007.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3222632.

Also see: FPL Energy Power Marketing Inc.
Also see: NextEra Energy Canada ULC
Also see: NextEra Energy Resources LLC
Also see: Pubnico Point Wind Farm Inc.




The Northumberland Wind Field Inc.

49 Water Street, Windsor, Hants County, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 27 September 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3093968.

More about The Northumberland Wind Field Inc.





NSWEP Wind Energy Research

1360 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Registered on 31 October 2002.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3071971.





 

OASIS: Open Access Same-time Information System

Wholesale Electric Transmission
OASIS is not an incorporated company, but its significance to the renewable energy industry in Nova Scotia is such that IMO it must be included here.

The Electricity Act, which opened the Nova Scotia electricity market to wholesale competition, went into effect on 1 February 2007.
Wholesale Electricity Market: Rules and Procedures
Open Access Same-time Information System (OASIS)
Standards of Conduct...Wholesale Electric Transmission...


The Nova Scotia Power Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) came into effect on November 1st, 2005.
Open Access Same-time Information System (OASIS)





OpenHydro (Ireland) Limited

OpenHydro Group Limited

66 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, Ireland

Registration number 404462 (Ireland)

2008 February 20
Emera Inc. has invested €10.2 million (C$15 million) to acquire a 7.4% interest in OpenHydro Group Limited, an Irish renewable tidal energy company.  OpenHydro designs and manufactures marine turbines for harnessing energy from tidal currents in the world's oceans.  Nova Scotia Power, a subsidiary of Emera Inc., selected OpenHydro's Open-Centre Turbine technology in 2007 for deployment in a tidal energy demonstration project in the Bay of Fundy.  The Province of Nova Scotia recently announced that the technology proposed by Nova Scotia Power and OpenHydro is among those that will be tested in the Bay of Fundy starting in 2009.  The Nova Scotia Power - OpenHydro demonstration project has been approved for funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a not-for-profit corporation created by the Government of Canada that provides funding to emerging clean technologies.  Emera will hold one seat on OpenHydro's seven member Board of Directors.
The Open-Centre Turbine is designed to be deployed directly on the seabed.  Installations will be silent and invisible from the surface.  They will be located at depth and present no navigational hazard.


Twice a day, in accordance with nature's clock, the Atlantic Ocean pours through the Bay of Fundy with a controlled fury that is unmatched anywhere in the world... Two weeks ago (in February 2007), Nova Scotia Power selected an Irish company called OpenHydro to be its partner in this endeavour over 20 other potential suppliers, including a couple of local consortiums.  The plan is to have what would be one of the world's largest single underwater turbines in the six-kilometre-wide Minas passage by late 2009...
The Resurgence of Tidal Power CBC News, 26 Feb 2007


The Open-Centre Turbine, with just one moving part and no seals, consists of a rotor with a solid-state permanent magnet generator encapsulated within the outer rim, minimizing maintenance requirements.


OpenHydro was formed in 2005 following the acquisition of the technology rights to the Open-Centre Turbine.  As of May 2008, the company, which has 26 employees, has raised over €50 million in funding since 2005 for the development of its turbines.


2007 March
OpenHydro Group Limited has been awarded a major contract with Alderney Renewable Energy for the development of tidal farms in the Channel Islands.  The exact size of the investment in the deployment of the turbines has not been disclosed but it is exected to run to several million euros with the turbines expected to be deployed in 2008/2009.  As part of the contract, OpenHydro will install an array of its Open-Centre Turbines mounted on the sea bed near Alderney, generating electricity.


2008 May
OpenHydro has become the first tidal energy company to complete the connection of a tidal turbine to the UK national grid and commence electricity generation.  This is a first for both the UK and Ireland and in doing so OpenHydro has now become one of the first companies in the world to reach this stage of technical maturity.  OpenHydro's 250kW Open-Centre Turbine, which is installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) off Orkney, Scotland, commenced generation onto the grid on 26 May 2008 and this was independently witnessed by representatives of EMEC.  EMEC is the only independent and publicly financed facility in the world for testing tidal and wave technologies.  The company has been testing the power generation of its Open-Centre Turbine over the past 18 months at EMEC.  The most recent tests were performed with the turbine connected to the UK's electricity grid onto which power was generated for the first time.





Polsky Energy Corporation of Brooklyn Inc.

Incorporated on 22 June 1992.  Struck off 30 June 2008.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 2158296.

Generating plant location: Brooklyn, Queens County
Also see: Brooklyn Energy Limited Partnership

The Polsky Energy Corporation of Brooklyn Inc. was incorporated on 22 June 1992.  Its registered office was at 5151 George Street, Halifax , Nova Scotia, and the company's sole director was:
•   Michael P. Polsky, Northbrook, Illinois; President
Source: Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies [RJSC]
    http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/business/rjsc/





PPWF Management Limited

1805 Lake George Road, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Name changed from Atlantic Wind Power Corporation Limited on 16 Dec 2005

Incorporated and registered on 2 August 2001.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3058821.

Also see: Pubnico Point Wind Farm Inc.
Also see: Atlantic Wind Power Corporation Limited




 

Pubnico Point Wind Farm Inc.

1805 Lake George Road, Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 28 August 2003.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3082427.

Also see: FPL Energy Power Marketing Inc.
Also see: PPWF Management Limited

References:
Pubnico Point Wind Farm registered for Environmental Assessment 19 Sep 2003
Pubnico Point Wind Farm: Project Approval 7 Nov 2003
Pubnico Point Wind Farm: Project Description (no date)


Winds of change blow in; Creststreet to sell stake in Pubnico power project Halifax Chronicle Herald, 7 February 2008
Atlantic Canada's largest wind farm is up for sale.  Creststreet Power and Income Fund LP of Toronto, a significant owner of the $50-million wind farm in Pubnico Point, Yarmouth County, wants to sell its share of the development in response to the federal government's decision to eliminate the tax benefits of trusts...


Creststreet Power & Income Fund LP Announces Completion of Sale of its Windpower Subsidiaries Creststreet press release 27 June 2008
CALGARY — Creststreet Power & Income Fund LP (the "Partnership") announced that it has completed the sale to an affiliate of FPL Energy LLC of the shares of the Partnership's two operating subsidiaries: Mount Copper Wind Power Energy Inc. (54MW) and Pubnico Point Wind Farm Inc. (30.6MW), for $121.6 million...


FPL Energy Inc acquires Mount Copper Wind Power Energy from Creststreet Power & Income Fund Thomson Financial Worldwide Mergers & Acquisitions, 27 June 2008
On this day FPL Energy Inc., a unit of FPL Group Inc., acquired all of the outstanding stock of Pubnico Point Wind Farm Inc. (an electric power company operating 17 wind turbines located in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, the largest wind farm in Atlantic Canada) from Creststreet Power & Income Fund LP (based in Calgary, Alberta).  FPL Energy is the power generation arm of FPL Group, a publicly traded energy company with US$16 billion in assets.  It has 55 wind farms in 16 states and is the largest generator of wind power in North America and the second largest in the world, behind Acciona Energy of Spain.





Renewable Energy Services Limited

Suite 2100, 1801 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 20 December 2000.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3051882.

Renewable Energy Services Limited Website home page
Renewable Energy Services Limited Completed installations


2006 July 31
Nova Scotia Power and Renewable Energy Services Limited announced today a further addition to wind power generation in Nova Scotia... Renewable Energy Services Ltd. now (July 2006) operates four wind turbines in Nova Scotia: at Goodwood and Brookfield in Halifax Regional Municipality, on Fitzpatrick Mountain in Pictou County, at Point Tupper near the Strait of Canso.  Construction is underway at a site in Digby.  Nova Scotia Power has agreed to buy power from an additional three turbines that RESL will install this fall... Renewable Energy Services Ltd., founded in 2000, is a vertically integrated renewable energy company.
Goodwood Announcement N.S. Power media release, 31 July 2006




Listed in order, west to east:

GPS location:   44°38'58"N   65°47'59"W
Google map: Digby Wind Turbine Site

GPS location:   44°36'28"N   63°40'42"W
Google map: Goodwood Wind Turbine Site

GPS location:   45°16'02"N   63°15'07"W
Google map: Brookfield Wind Turbine Site

GPS location:   45°45'28"N   63°06'08"W
Google map: River John Wind Turbine Site

GPS location:   45°37'32"N   62°54'16"W
Google map: Fitzpatrick Mtn. No. 1 Wind Turbine Site

GPS location:   45°38'14"N   62°53'11"W
Google map: Fitzpatrick Mtn. No. 2 Wind Turbine Site

GPS location:   45°34'32"N   61°20'13"W
Google map: Point Tupper Wind Turbine Site





RMSEnergy Inc.

796 Dan Fraser Road, Green Hill, Pictou County, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 18 December 2006.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3198354.

2008 March   RMSenergy wind farms in Pictou and Antigonish Counties
Nova Scotia Power has signed a long-term agreement with RMSenergy for wind farms in Pictou and Antigonish counties. The wind farm in Pictou County will be located on Dalhousie Mountain.  25 kilometres west of New Glasgow. The project will consist of 34 turbines with a total nameplate capacity of 51 megawatts.  The other project will be located near Maryvale, 15 kilometres north of Antigonish, with up to four turbines with a nameplate capacity of six megawatts.
Nova Scotia Power press release 20 March 2008





Schneider Power Incorporated

Suite 101, 49 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario

Incorporated on 14 April 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3130721.

Schneider Power Inc. is an Ontario-based energy company that is interested in developing a wind power project on Goodwin's Island in Shelburne County.  President Thomas Schneider says the firm currently has two projects in operation and eight others in development in Canada, the U.S. and Germany.  Schneider Power Inc. is a private, Canadian owned and operated company with a focus on developing renewable energy electricity generation by investing directly in clean energy projects.  Started in 1892 in Germany, by Schneider's great-great grandfather, the company has a long history of providing electrical power.  Schneider wants to develop a small-scale – fewer-than-five-turbine – wind power project on Goodwin's Island.  The company, which has owned the island since the 1990s wants to feed electricity from the turbines directly into the Nova Scotia Power grid.  Goodwin's Island is located in the Municipality of Barrington, about a kilometre offshore from Lower Woods Harbour.
— Shelburne Coast Guard, 18 September 2007





Scotian WindFields Inc.

258 King Street, Windsor, Hants County, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 25 October 2002.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3071812.

More about Scotian WindFields Inc.





Scotian WindField Partners Corporation

Suite 1602, 250 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario

Incorporated on 21 March 2007.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3222988.





Shear Wind Inc.

Amalgamated on 9 June 2006.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3161252.

Shear Wind Inc. website home page
Shear Wind Inc. Board of Directors


2008 April 2
Mike Magnus, President and CEO of Shear Wind Inc. is pleased to announce that Shear Wind has entered into a 60 megawatt Power Purchase Agreement with Nova Scotia Power in connection with a 20-year power supply commitment to Nova Scotians.  The 60 MW of clean electricity will be produced at the Glen Dhu Wind Park in Pictou County, near Merigomish, Nova Scotia.  Shear Wind is planning to erect thirty Enercon E-82, 2 MW turbines that will meet the energy demands of 17,500 homes per year [sic].  The Glen Dhu Wind Park represents a $150 million investment for Shear Wind in Nova Scotia...
Shear Wind Signs 60 MW Contract Shear Wind media release, 2 April 2008

ICS comment:—
Shear Wind Inc. has entrusted the writing of
its media releases to someone who obviously
has no understanding of electric power.


"Shear Wind is planning to erect thirty Enercon
E-82, 2 MW turbines that will meet the energy
demands of 17,500 homes per year."


          "per year"?
That could not have been written by anyone who
understands what a megawatt is.  In fact, the
original release even manages to misspell that
unit (but this mistake has been corrected here).



2007 October: Shear Wind Buys Merland Wind Project
Shear Wind, a Halifax, Nova Scotia-headquartered renewable energy developer, submitted a bid to Nova Scotia Power's Request For Proposals at the end of August 2007 for a 50 MW to 150 MW wind farm at the company's north central Nova Scotia project site, called Glen Dhu.  The company has since purchased the Merland Wind Project from Barrington Wind Energy Ltd.  The Merland, Nova Scotia-based project, which has 50 MW of generation potential, complements Shear Wind's Glen Dhu site and provides strategic options for future expansion of Glen Dhu or for developing a stand-alone project, according to Shear Wind's President and CEO Michael Magnus.
Smart Dolphin GmbH




2007 September 17: Shear Wind Acquires Wind Project
Mike Magnus, President & CEO of Shear Wind Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of a wind project site in Nova Scotia.  Shear Wind has been successful in purchasing the Merland Wind Project site previously owned by Barrington Wind Energy Limited.  The project is wind tested and has the potential for developing 50 megawatts of electrical generation.  The location of Merland, Nova Scotia is complimentary to Shear Wind's Glen Dhu site, and will provide Shear Wind with strategic options for future expansion of Glen Dhu or for developing a stand alone project.  Mr. Magnus states, "Shear Wind has a mandate to increase its 'pipeline' of economically viable wind resource properties across Canada, and this acquisition represents a key strategic asset in our quest to provide a long term supply of renewable energy to the Province of Nova Scotia".  Mr. Magnus also announces that Shear Wind has successfully submitted its proposal for the Glen Dhu, Nova Scotia project to Nova Scotia Power in response to their Request For Proposal (RFP) which solicited 130 MW of renewable energy that is required to be operational by the end of 2009.
Shear Wind press release 17 Sep 2007




Another windfarm blowing into Pictou County
On a morning where wind gusts reached 34 km/h, Halifax-based company Shear Wind Inc. announced plans to build the largest Nova Scotia wind turbine park to date near Merigomish.  Glen Dhu wind park will be located on 2,420 hectares of privately owned land on Browns Mountain, off Baileys Brook Road.  The 30-turbine project will generate 60 megawatts of electricity.  Construction is expected to begin in 2008, to be complete in 2009.
Plan to build 30-turbine park in Merigomish area
— New Glasgow Evening News, 2 April 2008




Shear Wind announces Alberta projext
Nova Scotia-based Shear Wind has secured a 100 MW build-out position on the existing Alberta electrical grid for the Glenridge Project located in southeastern Alberta.  The Alberta Electric Supply Operator confirmed positive conclusions for interconnection to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System.  With the recently awarded 60 MW power purchase agreement for Shear Wind's Glen Dhu Project in Nova Scotia, the company now has two projects totaling 160 MW in build-out positions and equating to a capital investment of over $350 million upon completion.
— North American Windpower, Zackin Publications Inc., 6 June 2008





Skypower Corporation

SkyPower is a leading developer of renewable energy projects.  The company has interests in over 200 projects at various stages of development, representing over 11,000 MW of potential nameplate capacity.  SkyPower is developing significant renewable energy projects in Canada, the United States, India and Panama...
Skypower Corporation 250 Yonge Street, Toronto
Skypower Corporation Board of Directors
Skypower Corporation Senior Management Team
Skypower Corporation Renewable Energy Projects


2007 June 4:— Skypower sells equity stake to Lehman Brothers
SkyPower Corporation, one of Canada's leading renewable energy companies with a substantial portfolio of wind and solar projects across Canada, has announced today that Lehman Brothers and its Private Equity business have acquired a significant equity stake in the company.  The investment includes an up-front acquisition payment, commitments to future project financing as well as other investment opportunities in the renewable energy sector...

A portion of the up-front payment will be used by the Adler Renewable Energy Foundation (AREF) a foundation which is being formed to help provide select schools and needy communities in Canada the ability to benefit from clean renewable power by having solar or wind power to augment or replace where possible their current power needs.  The current SkyPower management team, led by its Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kerry Adler, will continue to be responsible for and oversee all ongoing day-to-day operations as well as the strategic direction of the company.

Kerry Adler, President and CEO of SkyPower commented: "This is an important milestone for SkyPower, our stakeholders and our partners.  This transaction with Lehman Brothers provides us a unique solid platform whereby we can accelerate the growth of our business.  We believe that we will be better positioned to capture increased opportunities as part of our mandate and commitment to help Canada become a global environmental leader by developing our vast natural renewable power resources and generating clean, green renewable power.  Lehman Brothers has clearly demonstrated its leadership and environmental responsibility, and speaking on behalf of the entire SkyPower team we are proud to be affiliated with an organization that is as committed to addressing the issues of climate change."

"We are excited to partner with the SkyPower management team in embracing the dynamic growth opportunities available in wind and solar energy," said Michael Odrich, global head of Private Equity for Lehman Brothers.  "This investment is consistent with our Private Equity strategy of backing premier management teams and underscores the Firm's commitment to renewable energy."

Stated Theodore Roosevelt IV, chairman of Lehman Brothers' Council on Climate Change, "Our investment in SkyPower demonstrates the necessary linkage between sound financial decisions and a better environment."

Since its inception in 2003, SkyPower has focused on developing wind and solar power projects and has focused on a community-based development strategy which aims to include the First Nations of Canada and local municipalities in their renewable energy efforts.  The extensive background of the SkyPower team and advisors of over 40 strong and growing, is the cornerstone and most critical component of SkyPower's strategic plan...
Scoop, New Zealand   http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0706/S00027.htm


Lehman Brothers 745 Seventh Avenue, New York City
Lehman Brothers Board of Directors
Lehman Brothers Senior Management
Lehman Brothers History from 1850


2008 September 15:— Lehman Brothers Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy




2008 May 15:—
Joint venture partners SkyPower Corp. and Scotian WindFields Inc. announced that they have been awarded a long term Power Purchase Agreement by Nova Scotia Power for power produced by a wind project located near Digby, Nova Scotia.  Skypower and Scotian WindFields have been awarded a 20-year contract to develop a 30-megawatt wind park in the Municipality of Digby.  The 2700-acre wind park is expected to become operational in 2009.
Long-Term Power Purchase Agreement Awarded by Nova Scotia Power14 May 2008





South Shore Power Services Incorporated

Incorporated on 10 February 1998.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3016025.

Also see: Brooklyn Power Corporation

South Shore Power Services Incorporated was incorporated on 10 February 1998.  As of 2 December 2001, its registered office was at 1601 Lower Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the company's directors were:
•   A. Stephen Probyn, Toronto; Chairman
•   Peter Keskinen, Willowdale, Ontario; President
Source: Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies [RJSC]
    http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/business/rjsc/





The Sou'wester Wind Field Inc.

21 Old Ferry Wharf Road, Port Latour, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 14 September 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3093529.

More about The Sou'wester Wind Field Inc.





Springhill Riverhurst Wind Power Limited

(name changed 25 July 2007 to Confederation Power Inc.)

Incorporated 21 December 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3097629.

See: Confederation Power Inc.




SWEF GP Inc.

Incorporated on 30 December 2004.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3122439.

Also see: Skypower Corporation




SWEF LP

Registered on 19 December 2005.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3122474.

          (Pure speculation: Could the SWE refer to Skypower Wind Energy?)
Also see: Skypower Corporation




Tynesis Canada Hydro Inc.

Registered on 23 January 2007.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3205232.





Ventus Energy Corporation

Amalgamated on 15 October 2007.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3223056.





Vindt Resources Inc.

730 - 1015 Fourth Street SW, Calgary, Alberta

Registered on 11 April 2007.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3219040.





Wind Power Producers Alliance of Nova Scotia

Suite 420, 1600 Bedford Highway, Bedford, Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia

Registered on 02 March 2007.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3213905.





Wind Prospect Inc.

Suite 521, 1657 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Incorporated on 17 February 2006.
Nova Scotia Joint Stock Registry number 3137373.

Wind Prospect Inc.
Wind Prospect Inc. Canadian projects


Wind Prospect is an independent and privately owned wind energy specialist.  Expertise offered includes operations, construction management, risk assessment and mitigation, wind resource and energy yield, engineering, contracts, health and safety, leases and rights-of-way, performance analysis and operations. Wind Prospect has played a leading role in the evolution of wind energy in the UK, Ireland and Australia.  The company's civil, electrical and mechanical engineers have overseen the commissioning of over forty wind farms and have been involved in operating fifteen projects.  Wind Prospect's core business areas are wind farm development, construction and operations – with interests in advisory services and marine renewables.  Wind Prospect has formed financial and risk-sharing partnerships with other companies to make significant investments in development in Australia, the UK and China.  The Wind Prospect Group has offices in China, Hong Kong, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.  By capacity installed, Wind Prospect is the most successful developer in the southern hemisphere.
Wind Prospect Limited 7 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol, England
Wind Prospect Inc. Wikipedia





Nova Scotia Supports Industry with
Wind Maps and Approval Guidelines

The Nova Scotia Department of Energy (NSDOE), in conjunction with researchers from Universite de Moncton and the Applied Geomatics Research Group at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), has released maps illustrating provincial wind resources that, if developed for wind power generation, could help the province meet a 20% renewables mandate.  As the province gears up for new generation development, the government is working quickly to provide the municipal entities in charge of approving new wind farm proposals with recommended siting and approvals best practices.

The new wind resource maps, which are available online to the general public for download in portable document format (.pdf) at no charge, show wind speeds at three elevations, 30 metres above the ground surface, 50 m and 80 m and include data for up to ten kilometres offshore.  The NSCC group soon will update the wind map website to include interactive geographic information system options.

"The interactive portion of the website will allow users to gain access to the wind resource modeling that was done and view that information with a number of other layers, such as roads, lakes, rivers, transmission lines and provincial national parks," says David Colville, NSCC lead researcher on the project.  "Users can browse any portion of the province to locate areas by way of the various features and get a sense of the wind potential with respect to other features that one needs to take into account when looking at developing a project."

The wind maps will allow developers to identify potential project sites for development to help the province meet a target of obtaining 20% of Nova Scotia's electricity from renewable resources by 2013 that was set by the government in January 2007.

To move the province closer to reaching that target, in March 2007 Halifax-based Nova Scotia Power issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 130 MW of renewable energy.  The deadline for proposals to reach NS Power was August 31, and the utility plans to announce the winning bidders by the end of the year or as soon as power purchase agreements have been secured for the proposed projects, according to a spokesperson for NS Power.

Projects under the RFP must be in service by November 2009 – a fast approaching deadline that is putting pressure on the municipal authorities charged with reviewing new generation development applications from the RFP's winning bidders.  The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM), in cooperation with the NSDOE and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, released an RFP for consulting services to develop model wind turbine zoning by-laws and best practices for Nova Scotia's municipalities.

According to the UNSM RFP document, the task of defining how new wind power projects will fit into Nova Scotia's communities falls to municipalities.  The RFP document also notes that "very few municipalities in the province are prepared if wind turbine sites are identified for location in their areas."

A draft model and guidelines are due under the RFP by 23 November 2007, with a final report due before the end of the year.  There is "some urgency" to this initiative, says Peggy Crawford, municipal sustainability coordinator for UNSM.  "We want to coordinate the guidelines for the municipalities to have as the NS Power proposals are being considered," she adds...

— North American Windpower, Oct 2007, Zackin Publications Inc.
Smart Dolphin GmbH

Nova Scotia wind map
Nova Scotia wind map




2007 September 18   Nova Scotia Wind Atlas Now Available
Nova Scotia's world-class wind resource now comes with its own map.  "By 2013, nearly 20 per cent of all Nova Scotia's electricity will come from green sources like wind," said Energy Minister Bill Dooks to government, business and environmental representatives at the Power of Green conference in Halifax, today, Sept. 18th.  "Our wind resource is a tremendous opportunity for clean power, and now we have a map to show us that opportunity in detail."  Supported by a $78,000 grant from the province, researchers from Universite de Moncton and the Applied Geomatics Research Group at the Nova Scotia Community College have created a wind atlas that illustrates how much wind is available, and where to find it.  The atlas will serve as a valuable tool for future wind policy and planning.  It will also assist smaller-scale wind developers without resources for mapping to assess the viability of potential projects...
Province Offers Wind Atlas, Encourages Local Growth Government press release 18 Sep 2007





For the tax year 2006-07, the wind turbine facility tax rate is $5,500.00 per megawatt.  For subsequent years, the wind turbine facility tax rate is $5,500.00 per megawatt plus an inflation adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index for Canada.
Wind Turbine Facilities Municipal Taxation Act
Proclaimed: 12 January 2007     In force: 12 January 2007


Tax Legislation Will Promote Wind Energy press release 6 Nov. 2006





Energy Resources Conservation Act


2010 estimates:
— 311 megawatts of wind supply
— 550 kilotonnes annual emission reduction
2013 estimates:
— 22 per cent total electricity supply from renewables
— 581 megawatts of wind supply
— 1,300 kilotonnes annual emission reduction
Province Can Meet Wind Targets...Study Says press release 16 May 2008







Unless otherwise stated, "Act" means an Act of the Nova Scotia Legislature.
Where it appears above, "NSL" refers to the Nova Scotia Legislature.

In the old days, Acts were often dated not by the calendar year but by the year of reign of the current sovreign.  Example: The Act to incorporate the Kerosene Gas Light Company is often listed as "13 Vic. c. 25", meaning chapter (Act) number 25 passed in March 1850, the 13th year of the reign of Queen Victoria.  The legislative references above have all been converted to the calendar year, but the reignal year may be needed if you want to look up the original Act.   Example: to find the 1840 Act to incorporate the Halifax Gas Light & Water Company you will need to ask for 3 Vic. c. 16.  The conversion between a reignal year and a calendar year is not just a simple addition or subtraction, because the beginning of a reign rarely coincides with the beginning of a calendar year.

"3 Wm. IV" means 26 June 1832 to 25 June 1833
"6 Wm. IV" means 26 June 1835 to 25 June 1836
"5 Vic." means 20 June 1841 to 19 June 1842
"10 Vic." means 20 June 1846 to 19 June 1847
"15 Vic." means 20 June 1851 to 19 June 1852
"20 Vic." means 20 June 1856 to 19 June 1857
"25 Vic." means 20 June 1861 to 19 June 1862
"30 Vic." means 20 June 1866 to 19 June 1867
"35 Vic." means 20 June 1871 to 19 June 1872
"40 Vic." means 20 June 1876 to 19 June 1877
"45 Vic." means 20 June 1881 to 19 June 1882
"50 Vic." means 20 June 1886 to 19 June 1887
"55 Vic." means 20 June 1891 to 19 June 1892
"60 Vic." means 20 June 1896 to 19 June 1897
"4 Edw. VII" means 22 Jan. 1904 to 21 Jan. 1905
"8 Edw. VII" means 22 Jan. 1908 to 21 Jan. 1909
"5 Geo. V" means 6 May 1914 to 5 May 1915
"10 Geo. V" means 6 May 1919 to 5 May 1920





 
NS wins right to manage
own greenhouse emissions

Halifax, 19 March 2012:  The federal government will allow Nova Scotia to manage its own emission regulations for coal-fired power plants, with an exemption from federal rules that will serve as a precedent as Ottawa moves to impose new greenhouse gas targets on the energy sector.

Environment Minister Peter Kent was in Halifax on Monday (19 March 2012) to announce the two governments have agreed in principle on an “equivalency” arrangement in which a province can opt out of federal regulations so long as it has its own measures to achieve the same results.

Nova Scotia has pledged to reduce emissions in its electricity sector by 25 per cent by 2020, and under the federal deal will extend its target to 2030.  Rather than regulate each coal-fired plant; it expects to meet its target through renewable energy and partnership with Newfoundland and Labrador's Nalcor Energy in developing the Lower Churchill project which will include an undersea direct current cable to Cape Breton.

Mr. Kent said he expects to publish final regulations by the end of June which would require all new coal-fired plants to meet emission levels generated by the most efficient gas-fired plants.  Existing coal plants will have to be shut down at the end of their 40-year commercial lifespan unless refitted with carbon-capture-and-storage (CCS).

The equivalency agreement “allows the province of Nova Scotia to manage its own house” the minister said in an interview from Halifax.  “It's not a complicated concept – it requires a partner province to recognize the national targets but fill in the details on its own”...

—Source: Report on Business, page B3, Globe and Mail, 20 March 2012




 
Notes



Note 1:

PUB

PUB refers to the Public Utilities Board, the common name for the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities, its legal name from 1909 to 1992, or after 1992 the Utilities and Review Board (UARB).

1913 Annual Report of the Public Utilities Board, title page
1913 Annual Report of the Public Utilities Board:   Title page




Note 2:

Information Sources

The above list of Nova Scotia electric companies was compiled mainly from the records of the Public Utilities Board.  Beginning in 1911, and continuing for more than fifty years, the PUB published, in each of its Annual Reports, a list of the electric utilities active in Nova Scotia during the year of the Report.  These annual lists are a highly reliable source of information on this subject, for the years after 1911.  That was the first stage of this project, completed in 1999.
          The second stage of assembling this list of Nova Scotia electric companies consisted of a review of the complete list of Private and Local Acts of Nova Scotia for the years 1758 to 1989, inclusive, and selecting each company which had "Electric" or "Power" or "Light" in its corporate name.  This was the main source for the years before 1911 (before the PUB started work).  This second stage was completed in 2001.
          Those two stages produced most of the above list, but certain other companies have been included:
          In this list I've included all the Nova Scotia gas lighting companies (Yarmouth, Lunenburg, Windsor, Dartmouth, Truro, Pictou, Sydney, ...) I've found, because these tended to be forerunners of electric companies or became electric companies after a few years of operation.
          Also, all known electric streetcar operations (public transit railways) are included, because often there was a close association between streetcar or interurban companies and early electric utilities.  It is a common historical pattern, in Canada and the USA, that companies running streetcar lines — which, beginning in the late 1880s and early 1890s, required large quantities of electric power throughout the day and much of the night — became the source of electric power for early non-streetcar applications, such as street lighting, water pumping, elevators and hoists and conveyor belts, printing presses, and similar purposes.  For many of these purposes, the direct current, easily obtainable from the overhead trolley wire, was ideal, not to mention that the streetcar system had a ready-made distribution system throughout much of the central core of many urban areas.  In the following decades, as streetcar operations slowly declined and other uses of electric power grew, companies which had begun as transit operations slowly metamorphosed into electric utility operations in the modern sense.  For example, throughout the first half of the century, and well into the 1950s, the largest single customer of the Nova Scotia Light & Power Co.'s electric utility division was the NSL&P's transit division, which operated electric-powered streetcars in Halifax until 1948, and then electric-powered trolley coaches on several routes in Halifax and one route to Dartmouth through the 1950s and 1960s.
          Finally, I've included companies known to have had legal authority to generate and/or distribute electric power for users other than the company's own manufacturing or mining work; examples are Acadia Coal Co., Dominion Iron & Steel Co., and Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Co.


Note 3:

Five Small Electric Power Companies Sold
21 August 1941

On 21 August 1941, the Public Utilities Board gave official approval for the sale of five small electric power companies in Kings County, to the Avon River Power Company of Windsor, then a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nova Scotia Light & Power Company of Halifax.  The companies, and the sale price of each, were:

•   Habitant Electric Light Company, $800 (incorporated 1921)
•   Hillaton Electric Light & Power Company, $350 (31 customers)
•   Kingsport Electric Light Company, $2,600
•   Pereaux Electric Light & Power Company, $3,250 (incorporated 1934)
•   Woodside Electric Light Company, $800

An individual ruling was given for each company; all five decisions are dated 21 August 1941.  In each case, approval was given for the sale of "all of its property and assets of whatsoever nature and wheresoever situate, including the whole of its undertaking".  None of these companies generated electric power; all five bought their electricity wholesale from the electric utility system operated by the Canning Water Commissioners, which got it from the Avon River Power Company.
Source: Public Utilities Board Annual Report, 1941, pages 82-88


Canning Electric Utility Sold
28 August 1941

On 28 August 1941, the Public Utilities Board gave official approval for the sale of the electric power system, owned and operated by the Canning Water Commission, to the Avon River Power Company.  The Canning system was the wholesale supplier of electric power to the five companies sold one week earlier, Habitant, Hillaton, Kingsport, Pereaux, and Woodside.  The Canning electric system did not generate electric power, it got its electricity wholesale from the Avon River Power Company at a point north of Port Williams.



Alphabetization

Alphabetization of privately-owned utilities:
The above list of privately-owned electric companies was put in alphabetical order by reading each company name as if all spaces, ampersands, hyphens and commas had been deleted.  Where the legal corporate name began/begins with "The", it has been omitted here.  "St." is placed according to its full spelling.

Alphabetization of government-owned utilities:
The above list of government-owned electric utilities was ordered according to the geographical part of the name.  Examples:
      Public Service Commission of Bridgewater is placed under B
      Water Commissioners of the Village of Canning is placed under C
      Municipality of Digby is placed under D
      City of Halifax is placed under H
      Electric Light Commissioners for LaHave is placed under L
      Town of Port Hawkesbury is placed under P
      Commissioners for the Village of Weymouth is placed under W



  Recent Additions to This List


Added 2002 Jun 30: Chipman's Corner Electric Light & Power Co. Ltd.
Added 2002 Jul 02: Hantsport Fruit Basket Co. Ltd.
Added 2002 Jul 26: NS Power Holdings Inc.
Added 2002 Jul 26: Associated Gas & Electric Co.
Added 2002 Jul 26: Stone & Webster
Added 2002 Jul 27: Emera Inc.
Added 2003 Mar 10: Joggins Coal & Railway Co. Ltd.
Added 2004 Feb 17: Berwick Electric Commission
Added 2006 Jun 17: Cape Split Development Company
Added 2006 Aug 27: Black River Hydro Limited
Added 2008 Jul 06: Atlantic Wind Power Corporation (2005) Limited
            [Not to be confused with Atlantic Wind Power Corporation Limited]

Added 2008 Jul 06: Barrington Wind Energy Limited
Added 2008 Jul 06: Canso Wind Energy Centre ULC
Added 2008 Jul 06: The Cape Breton West Wind Field Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 06: Chebucto Wind Field Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 06: Cobequid Area Wind Farms Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 06: Cobequid Wind Power Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 06: The Colchester-Cumberland Wind Field Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 06: The Cumberland Wind Field Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 06: Glace Bay Lingan Wind Power Limited
Added 2008 Jul 06: The Glooscap Wind Field Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 06: The Gold Coast Wind Field Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 06: The Isle Wind Field Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 06: The Northumberland Wind Field Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 06: Pubnico Point Wind Farm Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 06: Renewable Energy Services Limited
Added 2008 Jul 06: Scotian WindFields Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 06: The Sou'wester Wind Field Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 06: The Bay Wind Field Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 06: Ventus Energy Corporation
Added 2008 Jul 07: Acciona Wind Energy Canada Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 07: Canso Windfield One Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 07: Cape Breton Explorations Limited
Added 2008 Jul 07: Cape Breton Power Limited
Added 2008 Jul 07: Schneider Power Limited
Added 2008 Jul 08: Acciona Amherst GP Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 08: Amherst Wind Power LP
Added 2008 Jul 08: Confederation Power Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 08: FPL Energy Power Marketing Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 08: Springhill Riverhurst Wind Power Limited
Added 2008 Jul 08: Wind Power Producers Alliance of Nova Scotia
Added 2008 Jul 09: Annapolis Basin Pulp and Power Company Limited
Added 2008 Jul 09: RMSEnergy Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 09: Shear Wind Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 10: Acadia Wind Farm Energies Limited
Added 2008 Jul 10: Fitzpatrick Mountain Wind Energy Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 10: Ft. Lawrence Wind Energy Centre ULC
Added 2008 Jul 10: GBL Wind Power (Phase II) Limited
Added 2008 Jul 10: Glace Bay Wind Energy Society
Added 2008 Jul 10: NSWEP Wind Energy Research
Added 2008 Jul 11: The Colchester-Cumberland Wind Field Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 12: EarthFirst Canada Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 12: EarthFirst Nuttby Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 13: Skypower Corporation
Added 2008 Jul 13: SWEF GP Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 13: SWEF LP
Added 2008 Jul 14: Cape Breton Hydro Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 14: Clydesdale Hydro Electric Company Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 14: Four Lakes Hydro
Added 2008 Jul 14: GE Hydro
Added 2008 Jul 14: Tynesis Canada Hydro Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 14: Wind Prospect Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 15: Vindt Resources Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 16: NewPage Port Hawkesbury Limited
Added 2008 Jul 16: Scotian WindField Partners Corporation
Added 2008 Jul 17: Atlantic Orient Canada Inc.
Added 2008 Jul 21: OpenHydro Group Limited
Added 2008 Aug 04: 3G Energy Corporation
Added 2008 Sep 10: Minas Basin Pulp and Power Co.
Added 2010 Oct 12: Atlantic Wind Power Corporation Limited
            [Not to be confused with Atlantic Wind Power Corporation (2005) Limited]

Added 2010 Oct 12: NextEra Energy Canada ULC
Added 2010 Oct 12: NextEra Energy Power Marketing LLC
Added 2010 Oct 12: PPWF Management Limited
Added 2010 Oct 13: Creststreet Power & Income Fund LP
Added 2010 Oct 13: Creststreet Mutual Funds Limited
Added 2010 Oct 13: AWPC Nuttby Holdings Inc.
Added 2010 Oct 13: 3226185 Nova Scotia Limited
Added 2013 Dec 08: Antigonish Light and Power Company Limited
Added 2014 Feb 08: Alternative Resource Energy Authority (AREA)
Added 2015 Jan 27: Beckwith Electric Light Company
Added 2015 Jan 31: Parrsboro Electric Light Company



Charging the Customer for Electric Service Lines

Note: The following is the text of a letter to the editor (which was not
printed  in the  newspaper),  written  in  response  to a letter
published in the Halifax Daily News, May 20th, 1999:

Dear Editor:  In their letter (the Daily News, May 20th, 1999) J--- and C---- Fraser complain about the cost of having the local electric power line extended to serve their new home.  They chose to build at a location where electric power was not available, and now expect Nova Scotia Power to extend the line more than half a kilometre without cost to them.

They wrote: "We understand that what they're doing is perfectly legal, since the company privatized several years ago and the Public Utilities Act was revamped..."

Apparently they think this charge is a recent innovation which came into effect in 1992, when NSP was privatized and the Public Utilities Act was rewritten.

In fact, this policy is far older.  For many decades, the practice in Nova Scotia, and throughout North America, has been to charge the homeowner for residential line extensions beyond a certain fixed distance.

The following is quoted directly from the 1958 Annual Report of the Nova Scotia Public Utilities Board, which reported the Board's approval, effective April 14th, 1958, of the Nova Scotia Light & Power Company's rates and regulations.  On page 139 we find:

"Service extensions shall be erected, owned and maintained by the Company over a cleared right-of-way provided by the customer.  The length of a service extension shall be the distance from the center of the highway opposite the Company's nearest line pole to the customer's service entrance.  When the use is domestic and the length of the service extension is greater than 300 feet, the customer shall contribute to the cost of the service extension fifteen dollars for each fifty feet, or part thereof, by which the length of the service extension is greater than 300 feet..."


This 1958 rule provided the first 300 feet free of charge.  300 feet converts to 91.4 metres.  In 1999, according to the Frasers' letter, the first 92 metres is free.  The length of the free extension has been unchanged for more than forty years.

This 1958 decision applied to the Nova Scotia Light & Power Company, but the other 27 electric utilities then operating in Nova Scotia all had similar rules for residential line extensions.  Space does not allow me to quote them all.

In 1999, Nova Scotia Power Incorporated's rule for residential line extensions, which the Frasers complain of, is identical to the rule in effect for the other six electric utility companies now operating in Nova Scotia.

The Frasers wrote: "We think the public has a right to know...".  The public does know.  For many decades, for all electric utilities in Nova Scotia and throughout North America, these rules have been in effect and on the public record.  They are neither new nor secret nor unfair.

Ivan Smith, Canning, Nova Scotia



 

1958

The above letter refers to "the other 27 electric utilities" (in addition to NSL&P).
The complete list of 28 electric utilities operating in Nova Scotia in 1958 is as follows:
[G means government-owned;   P means privately owned (non-government)]

  1.   G     Town of Antigonish
  2.   G     Town of Berwick
  3.   G     Public Service Commission of Bridgewater
  4.   G     Caledonia Power and Water Board, Glace Bay
  5.   P     Canada Electric Company Limited
  6.   G     Town of Canso
  7.   G     Municipality of the District of Clare
  8.   G     Digby County Power Board
  9.   G     Town of Digby
10.   G     Town of Dominion
11.   P     Dominion Utilities Company Limited
12.   P     Eastern Light & Power Company Limited
13.   P     Edison Electric Light & Power Company Limited of Springhill
14.   G     Kentville Electric Commission
15.   G     Town of Liverpool
16.   G     Town of Lunenburg
17.   G     Town of Mahone Bay
18.   P     Milton Hydro Electric Company Limited
19.   P     Nova Scotia Light & Power Company Limited
20.   G     Nova Scotia Power Commission
21.   G     Pictou County Power Board
22.   G     Town of Pictou
23.   G     Riverport Electric Light Commission
24.   P     Seaboard Power Corporation Limited
25.   G     Town of Shelburne
26.   G     Truro Electric Commission
27.   P     Western Nova Scotia Electric Company Limited
28.   G     Commissioners for the Village of Weymouth
—Source: Public Utilities Board Annual Report, 1958, pages 449-450
(The PUB list omits the Nova Scotia Power Commission, which was exempt from PUB supervision.)




 

2001

The complete list of seven electric utilities* operating in Nova Scotia in 2001 is as follows:
[G means government-owned;   P means privately owned (non-government)]

1.   G     Town of Antigonish
2.   G     Town of Berwick
3.   G     Town of Canso
4.   P      Emera Inc. (Nova Scotia Power Inc.)
5.   G     Town of Lunenburg
6.   G     Town of Mahone Bay
7.   G     Riverport Electric Light Commission

* NOTE: This list includes entities regulated as public utilities under the Public Utilities Act,
it does not include everyone who generates electricity.




Two new electrical public utilities were organized during the year 1934, namely Cyril L. Parks serving the district of Noel in Hants County, and the Pereaux Electric Light & Power Co. Ltd. serving the district of Pereaux in Kings County. Two electrical public utilities which have operated for a long time in Nova Scotia disappeared during the year 1935, namely Dartmouth Gas, Electric Light, Heating & Power Company Ltd, and Sackville River Electric Company Ltd.
—Source: Public Utilities Board Annual Reports, 1934 and 1935





 

Edison Telegram
1907 July 31


"Trenton, N.J.  July 31 1907
H.J. Logan MP
Chairman Board of Trade Committee Amherst, Nova Scotia
Permit me to congratulate your board of trade and Senator Mitchell on the inauguration of the first power plant on the American continent for the generation of electricity at the mouth of a coal mine and the distribution of the same to distant commercial centres.  It is a bold attempt and I never thought it would be first accomplished in Nova Scotia where my father was born over one hundred years ago.
Thomas A. Edison
4 pm"
Reproduction of the Edison telegram as received in Amherst, 31 July 1907
Reproduction of the Edison telegram as received in Amherst, 31 July 1907
From First Things in Acadia (book) by John Quinpool, published in Halifax, 1936.



A Touch of Cumberland History

At the beginning of the twentieth century this rapidly growing area (Amherst, Nova Scotia) was in great need of electrical energy.  Through the persistence of Hance Logan K.C. of Amherst, Mr. Edison was approached at his home in Orange, New Jersey for permission to test a theory in Nova Scotia regarding electrical output.  Mr. Edison had suggested it would be cheaper to set up electrical generators at the source of fuel supply – rather than hauling coal to generating plants, wires would transport the power back to the factories.  The Cumberland delegation was warmly received.  Mr. Edison was enthusiastic about the matter, though unknown to the men, the key word was 'Nova Scotia' in their introduction.  John Edison, Thomas Alva's great-grandfather, then living in New Jersey, barely escaped the hangman's noose at the time of the American Revolution (1776-1783).  He had been imprisoned as a Tory sympathizer.  By some unrecorded means his wife Sarah managed to rescue him.  Ordered from the rebellious Thirteen Colonies, they fled to Digby, Nova Scotia.  Their eldest son, Samuel, married in Nova Scotia; his sixth son Samuel Ogden Edison Jr. was born in August 1804.  They emigrated to Ontario.  Samuel Jr. grew up near Otter Lake, Ontario and took Nancy Elliot as his bride.  To them was born a son which Samuel recorded in his family Bible: Thomas Alva Edison born Feb. 11, 1847.  They had by now settled in Milan, Ohio.  Grandfather Samuel is recorded as having told Thomas Alva of his Nova Scotia roots.  The theory tested in Chignecto proved successful.  Thomas Edison was invited to the grand opening event of the historical first electrical power plant at the source of fuel supply, a coal mine – the beginning of present day generating plants.  This was in April 1907.  The fact that Mr. Edison was vacationing in Florida* was all that prevented him from arriving in this little mining community.  When he arrived home the following telegram was sent: Permit me to congratulate your board of trade and Senator Mitchell on the inauguration of the first power plant on the American Continent for the generation of electricity at the mouth of a coal mine and the distribution of same to distant commercial centres.  It is a bold attempt and I never thought it would be first accomplished in Nova Scotia where my father was born over one hundred years ago.
Thomas A. Edison
Source: Cumberland County Genealogical Society
     http://www.ccgs.ednet.ns.ca/cumb/cumbco.htm

* This was 1907.  There were no airlines flying passengers anywhere.
Long-distance  travel  by  highway was  slow,  tedious,  and  difficult.
The best passenger transportation service available was the railways.
Mr. Edison would need four days to travel from Florida to Nova Scotia
and another four days to return. 






5 Star Open Data

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web and Linked Data initiator,
suggested a 5 star deployment scheme for Open Data.

black star make your stuff available on the Web (whatever format) under an open license
black star black star make it available as structured data (e.g., Excel instead of image scan of a table)
black star black star black star use non-proprietary formats (e.g., CSV instead of Excel)
black star black star black star black star use URIs to denote things, so that people can point at your stuff
black star black star black star black star black star link your data to other data to provide context

The Guide to Online Information about Nova Scotia's Electric Power System
(below)
adheres to all five of these design principles, and is a

Five-Star Open Data presentation.

Five-Star Open Data

five star open Web data





 

A Guide to Online
Information about Nova Scotia's
Electric Power System

(see links below)





Where does our electricity come from?
How does it get to us?


2015 Q1-Q2   2014 Q3-Q4   2014 Q1-Q2   2013   2012   2011   2010

   

Nova Scotia's Electric Power System:
A Guide to Online Information

UARB documents are shown on a light yellow background.
These documents have pretty much the same legal significance as laws, and are enforcable by the courts.
Non-UARB documents are shown on a light brown background.

2015  Q1-Q2
January - June

2015 August 20-23
Growing Green Sustainability Festival
2015 June 21
South Canoe Wind Farm
Grand Opening Celebration

Open to the public
Sunday, June 21  1-4pm

•  Newlsetter March 2015

Will include a tour of the wind farm and a BBQ
More details in upcoming newsletters

2015 Apr 17
Leona Aglukkaq says
letter to provinces
on emissions targets
wasn't an attack
The federal environment minister says
Nova Scotia   and   Newfoundland
have  met  or  exceeded  their
greenhouse gas emission cuts
The federal environment minister says her letter
to the  provinces  last  week  about  their climate
change efforts should have come as no surprise,
and was  not  intended  to  point  fingers.  Leona
Aglukkaq sent the letter  one  week  ago, before
a  premiers   meeting   on   climate   change  in
Quebec  City.   It   outlined   for  each  province
where they are in meeting  their  own emission
targets and how many are falling short.  It also
asked the provinces for more details on what
they  are  doing  to  meet  those targets
leading up to 2020.
CBC News
2015 Apr 16
Bridgewater explores electric opportunities for fleet
Bridgewater already has seven charging stations open
to the public at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre.
A Clean Nova Scotia study  recommends  replacing  one of Bridgewater's current fleet of vehicles
with something electric.  The recommendation follows a study that took seven months to complete.
Twenty light-duty vehicle operators and fleet managers had  monitors  inserted in their vehicles for
three weeks to gauge their use,  operation,  speed,  energy use and fuel demands.  The data was
then uploaded to  FleetCarma,  a fleet monitoring company's software, and  analyzed to measure
the total  ownership  cost  including  operating,  maintenance,  fuel  and  resale.  The town's staff
proposed looking into a  number  of  energy  related  projects a year ago. "The biggest and most
interesting initiative that crossed our path was the opportunity to apply for participation in a study
by the  Clean Foundation  with the idea of  understanding  whether the integration of electric and
hybrid vehicles  would be  feasible  for  municipalities,"  said  Leon de Vreede,  the  sustainability
planner for the town.  Bridgewater  and  New Glasgow  were selected  for the study.  The presen-
tation was part of its grant.  "The data shows the  average  range  for your  fleet is about 64 km a
day and 60 per cent of the time it's less than 40 kilometres a day and it's almost always less than
100 kilometres a day, which is well within the range of what an electric vehicle can do," said said
Andrea Macdonald, programs director at Clean, an environmental organization helping provide
people  with  tools  and  knowledge  to make  good  environmental  decisions.  She presented
the results of this study to Town Council April 7th.  The study was funded by the Nova Scotia
Department  of  Energy,  the  Nova  Scotia  Moves  grant  program,  Nova  Scotia  Power,
CrossChasm Technologies Inc., FleetCarma and the Shell Fuelling Change program.
Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Bridgewater

2015 Apr 12
First HVdc tower erected
for Labrador-Island
Transmission Link
On April 12th the first steel tower was erected
for the Labrador-Island Transmission Link, the
High Voltage direct current (HVdc) transmission
line from Muskrat Falls in Labrador to Soldiers
Pond, near St. John's on Newfoundland Island.
This  tower – 41m (135 feet) tall – is the first of
approximately    3,300  towers    that    will   be
installed over  the  next  three  years  along the
1,100 km    transmission    line.    Each    tower
requires  its  own  foundation  and  four  heavy
duty  guy  anchors.   This  job  will  require  the
construction contractor – each and every week
from  now  until  early  summer 2017 – to com-
plete  the   assembly   and  erection  of  twenty
towers.  This power line  will  carry  900 mega-
watts  from  the   generating  plant  at  Muskrat
Falls  to  the   eastern   side  of  Newfoundland
Island.   From  there,  500  megawatts  will  be
sent through the Maritime Link to Nova Scotia.
Nalcor Energy

900 megawatts = 1 200 000 horsepower
500 megawatts = 670 000 horsepower

Labrador, April 12, 2015
Muskrat Falls - The first steel tower erected for the high-voltage direct current (DC)  Labrador-Island Transmission Link, Newfoundland and Labrador
The first steel tower erected for
the  high-voltage  direct  current
Labrador-to-Island Transmission Link
beteen Muskrat Falls and St. John's.
Source: Nalcor Energy
NOTE: For better detail, this image can be
expanded (CTRL +) to quadruple size
(400%)  without  pixelation.



References:
Nexans lands Maritime Link contract
The Telegram, St. John's, February 8, 2014
Muskrat Falls transmission link
clears environmental hurdle
CBC News, November 27, 2013
Nexans wins a subsea HVDC cable contract
in excess of 80 million Euros for
Canadian hydro power project
Nexans S.A., January 25, 2013

2015 Apr 13
Cash in while you can
The working class and industry suppliers are urged to capitalize
where possible, as the benefits for these groups won't last
beyond power transmission with the Maritime Link.
One of the issues brought up during a recent presentation on the Maritime Link Project
by  Emera,  hosted  by  the  Port aux Basques  and  Area Chamber of Commerce, was the
employment spinoff.  Right now, Emera employs about 300 people.  Emera vice-president of
corporate affairs Brian Rendell said at peak time, that  number  would  double.  Unfortunately,
that won't  last.   Once  the  transmission  line  is   completed   and  power  is  flowing  across
Cabot  Strait   to   Nova  Scotia,  employment   will   drop   to   about   50   people,   he   said.
He explained once the work is completed, the only employees that will continue on would be
technical engineers and staff at office headquarters.  He described major contracts awarded,
including one to a company in Norway developing underwater high-voltage cables; another
in Sweden  developing  converter  stations;  and  a  contract  awarded  last  month  to a
Spanish company to install  the  towers  and  overhead  lines.  Rendell said although
the company has been diverse in its hiring for the projects, it's been made clear
through policy that contractors are to support local suppliers.
The Gulf News, Port aux Basques



References:
Tree clearing continues for the Maritime Link Project
The Gulf News, Port aux Basques, February 9, 2015
Mulching its way through
The Gulf News, Port aux Basques, December 8, 2014
Benefits deal for N.L, Nova Scotia in effect for Maritime Link
The Pilot, Lewisporte, November 27, 2014
Local partnership manager excited with Maritime Link project work
The Gulf News, Port aux Basques, November 27, 2014
The Maritime Link is right on schedule, says spokesperson
The Gulf News, Port aux Basques, October 5, 2014
Cape Breton welcomes Maritime Link employment
The Pilot, Lewisporte, July 31, 2014
Job openings for Emera's Maritime Link Project
The Pilot, Lewisporte, July 14, 2014
Ground testing has begun in Cape Ray
The Packet, Clarenville, May 12, 2014
Work on Maritime Link set to begin
The Packet, Clarenville, February 6, 2014
Job seekers, landowners check out Emera project
The Packet, Clarenville, January 30, 2014

2015 Apr 10
Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
2015 NSCA 35

Cape Breton Explorations Ltd. Appellant
v.
The Attorney General of Nova Scotia,
Nova Scotia Power Incorporated, and
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board

Decision (42 pages)

§167  “The appeal is allowed... The decision and Order of the UARB approving
NSPI's Capital Expenditure in the South Canoe Wind Project is set aside.”



                                                                                           References:
•  NSCA - 2015 NSCA 35 - Cape Breton Explorations Ltd. v. Nova Scotia (Attorney General) - Decision    April 10, 2015
•  UARB* Matter Number M06112 – NSPI - South Canoe Wind Project Transmission Line - $5,831,002
•  UARB* Matter Number M06111 – NSPI - South Canoe Wind Project Network Upgrades - $4,650,955
•  UARB* Matter Number M06054 – NSPI - Interconnection Substation South Canoe Wind Project - $7,760,891
•  UARB* Matter Number M05416 – NSPI - South Canoe Wind Project - $93,091,536
•  Nova Scotia Energy Department Renewable Energy Electricity Plan    April 2010
•  UARB* Matter Number M05416 – Nova Scotia Power Incorporated (Re), 2014 NSUARB 5 (CanLII)    January 14, 2014

•  UARB* Matter Number M05416 – Nova Scotia Power Inc (Re), 2013 NSUARB 92 (CanLII)    April 26, 2013
              4.0 UTILITY AND REVIEW BOARD'S JURISDICTION
                  4.1 Public Utilities Act
                  4.2 Electricity Act and Regulations
                  4.3 Renewable Energy Administrator Role and Process
                  4.4 Submissions on the Board's Jurisdiction
                          4.4.1 Can electricity procured through the REA process only be paid for
                                             by the ratepayers "...through inclusion of the PPA price in the rate base" of the utility?
                                    Findings
                          4.4.2 Is section 35 of the PUA not applicable because the energy produced is not utility
                                             produced, but IPP produced?
                                    Findings
                          4.4.3 Is permitting NSPI to recover 49% of the capital costs of the project
                                             in rate base "...contrary to..."  and  "...undermines..." the REA's decision?
                                    Findings
                          4.4.4 Is NSPI's ownership of project assets under the structure as proposed contrary to the PPA, which
                                             takes priority over any agreement between OFF, MBPP and NSPI?
                                    Findings

•  UARB* Docket NSUARB-E-REA-R-12 – Standard Form Power Purchase Agreement for 300 GWh of Renewable Energy
                                             from Independent Power Producers (Re), 2012 NSUARB 49 (CanLII)    May 3, 2012
              Background – §1 – Under the Electricity Act, S.N.S. (Statutes of Nova Scotia) 2004, c. 25 the Province of Nova Scotia has
              imposed a target which requires that 25% of electricity sales come from renewable sources by 2015.  The Province also
              appointed a Renewal Electricity Administrator (REA) to oversee a competitive bidding process to procure renewable sources
              of power from Independent Power Producers (IPP).  The Province appointed Power Advisory LLC to serve as the REA...
              Jurisdiction – §13 – Under the Act and Regulations, the Utility and Review Board's role in this matter is limited to reviewing
              and approving, rejecting or amending, the proposed form of Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)...
              Consultation Process – §14 & 15 – While the Board accepts the evidence of the REA that it undertook what it considered to
              be an extensive consultation process, there are two aspects of that process that do concern the Board.  Firstly, it appeared
              that under the process proponents were required to file a Notice of Intention to Bid under which they made certain
              irrevocable commitments prior to knowing the provisions of the standard form of PPA.  This left parties, in particular
              Dalhousie Mountain Wind Farms Inc. (Dalhousie), arguing that certain provisions of the draft PPA relating to payment
              for capacity during low load periods prejudiced IPP's who had already made certain elections under the process
              in advance of knowing the provisions of the PPA... Proponents were required to file their Notices of Intent to Bid
              and submit a non-refundable Notice-of-Intent-to-Bid Fee on November 22, 2011...
              PPA Section 4(d) Dispatch and Curtailment – §26 & 27 – Dalhousie raised the issue of whether the PPA entitles NSPI to
              dispatch or not dispatch the facility of a seller that has taken Energy Resource Interconnection Service (ERIS) pursuant
              to the Standard Generator Interconnection Procedures without providing compensation.  Dalhousie took issue with what
              it understands to be the REA's position that NSPI should be entitled under the PPA to withhold the dispatch of a seller's
              facility based on system load, and then not compensate the seller for the lost production [emphasis added].  While
              Dalhousie acknowledged that it is at risk of not being dispatched for reasons of transmission system constraint, it does
              not accept that NSPI should have the right, as part of its day-ahead or hours-ahead fleet dispatch planning, to simply
              not take energy at a given facility on the basis of price or other commercial considerations, regardless of transmission
              system provisions...

                                       * NOTE - How to Find Official Documents Online in the UARB Website

2015 Apr 09
Mi'kmaq get in the Link
Agreement sets job, training and environmental goals for project
[Photo caption] Christopher Huskilson, president and CEO of Emera Inc., looks on
as Sidney Peters,  left,  chief  of  the  Glooscap  First  Nation  and co-chairman of the
Nova Scotia Assembly of First Nation Chiefs, shakes hands with Terry Paul, chief of the
Membertou First Nation and fellow assembly co-chairman after the three men signed a
socioeconomic agreement for the Maritime Link project in Halifax on Thursday, April 9th.

Several  Mi'kmaq  chiefs were on hand for the  formal  signing  of the agreement between
the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs and NSP Maritime Link Inc., the Emera
subsidiary building the Link.   Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq  and  Emera entered into negotiations
about  four  years  ago,  during  a   consultation   process   that  was  part  of  the  initial
environmental  assessment  for  the  project.  During  the  height  of  construction, there
will  be  about  600 people  working  on  the  Link.  About  200  are  already working
on the project  that  will  bring  500 megawatts  (670 000 horsepower)  of electric
power   across    Cabot   Strait    from    the    Lower   Churchill    project  at
Muskrat Falls to Nova Scotia via  two  underwater  high-voltage  cables.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2015 Apr 09
Emera and Mi'kmaq people
sign agreement on
Maritime Link subsea project
Emera has signed an agreement with the Mi'kmaq
of Nova Scotia granting them  greater involvement
in  the   development   of  the  Maritime Link.  The
agreement,  signed  in  Halifax   today   by  Chiefs
Terrance Paul and Sidney Peters of the Assembly
of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs, will allow Mi'kmaq
leaders   to    monitor    the   construction   of   the
underwater  cables  and give Mi'kmaq companies
fair and  equal  access to contracts on the project.
Expected to be  complete in  2017,  the  Maritime
Link will transmit hydroelectricity from the island
of Newfoundland to Nova Scotia, connecting
Newfoundland Island to the North American
electric transmission grid for the first time.
Cape Breton Post, Sydney

2015 Apr 09
Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq and NSPML finalize a Socio-Economic Agreement for the Maritime Link Project

       The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs and NSP Maritime Link Inc. (NSPML), a subsidiary of Emera, formally
signed a Socio-Economic Agreement for the Maritime Link Project.  This agreement builds on a positive relationship that
has developed between Emera and Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq over the years, as well as commitments made during the
Mi'kmaq Consultation process conducted as part of the Project's Environmental Assessment.  Under the Socio-Economic
Agreement, NSPML will support the Assembly's participation in environmental monitoring programs in Cape Breton during
the construction phase; help build workforce capacity within Mi'kmaq communities so they can benefit from the Maritime Link
and future projects and provide access for qualified workers by working with contractors to ensure that Mi'kmaq and other
designated groups have equal opportunity for employment on the Maritime Link Project.
       As part of this agreement, MEMSKI Projects Inc., a partnership between the Membertou and Eskasoni Mi'kmaq communities, and the
Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources, a Mi'kmaq organization focused on a sustainable and traditional approach to natural resources,
will both have significant roles.  All components of this agreement will be over seen by Kwilmu'kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office.
       The Mi'kmaq Rights Initiative is the group that represents the negotiations on behalf of the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia, with
the Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada.  The Initiative was developed by the Mi'kmaq, for the Mi'kmaq.
Through these negotiations, we hope to finally implement our Rights from the Treaties signed by our ancestors in the 1700s.
       The Maritime Link is a 500 MW high voltage direct current transmission project bringing energy from the Lower Churchill project
at Muskrat Falls to Nova Scotia.  The Project will include two 170 km underwater cables across Cabot Strait, with about 50 km of
overland transmission in Nova Scotia and close to another 300 km of overland transmission on the island of Newfoundland.

Emera NL Holdings Inc., St. John's
2015 Apr 06
Grid deal with N.B.
won't include nuclear power
Nova Scotia won't be getting nuclear power from
New Brunswick,  even  though  the two provinces
have just hitched their electrical grids together, an
NB Power official says.  Point Lepreau's electricity
is  used  to   supply   New Brunswick's  base  load
because it has the  lowest  fuel cost, according to
Keith  Cronkhite,    vice-president    of   business
development  and  generation.   What  would be
available  to  Nova Scotia  under  the new  joint
dispatch  system  is  oil-fired   generation  from
Coleson Cove,  near  Saint John, or  coal-fired
power from Belledune, near Bathurst, he said.
New Brunswick may also have some hydro
power available from the Saint John River
system during part of the year, he added.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2015 Apr 10
Voice of the People
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
Splitting hairs, electrons
I got a chuckle out of an NB Power official who, in commenting on the new energy
exchange agreement  between his company and Nova Scotia Power, stated that in
keeping with Nova Scotia legislation,  none  of the utility's  shipped energy would be
from the lowest-cost Point Lepreau nuclear station.  As a retired engineer who spent
a working  life  in  the  electric  utility  business,  I can  assure  everyone that there is
absolutely  no  way  in which  those  billions  of  little  electrons  that  make  up those
kilowatts we all use  can  be  separated  on the grid.  All  the output from any source
connected to the grid, and ultimately received by  any  customer  anywhere, may be
compared with a lake water supply which has various sources feeding into the lake.
As a water customer, you may desire your water from a certain source, but since
you are connected to the lake and not one of the sources, you have no choice.
When your electrical supply is from the grid (i.e., the lake) you have what is on
the grid, and without question, with NSP purchasing NB Power energy, some
of that energy you receive will come from any source connected at that time,
and  one  of  those  sources  may  very  well  be  Point Lepreau.
W.J.P., Halifax
2015 Apr 01
South Canoe Wind Farm Progress Report
•  Newlsetter March 2015
•  Site Progress Infographic
South Canoe Wind Project Home Page

There are about 180 people working on the project daily.
At the end of March, all 34 turbines are at various stages of assembly.
30 turbines have the full rotor (three blades) installed.

The Project is in the process of commissioning the first set
of eight turbines and they hope to have the first turbine (#17)
in this set  spinning  by  end  of  day  on Friday, April 3rd.

The first eight turbines to be commissioned
include turbines 24, 25, 26, 27, 14, 15, 16 and 17.
See this map to view
the turbine layout and numbers.
Note: This map does not work in some browsers.
For best results, the Chrome browser is recommended.



South Canoe will be Nova Scotia's largest Wind Farm.

•  34 turbines
•  102 megawatts total nameplate capacity
               Ownership:
•  24 MW  Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company Limited
•  78 MW  Oxford Frozen Foods Limited
•  NS Power Inc. (49%)
•  UARB Approval - April 26, 2013
    Capital Expenditure $93,091,536 for the South Canoe Wind Project
              § 2.1   The Project
              § 2.3   Related Projects for Later Approval
                            § 6.2.1   Energy Output
                            § 6.2.2   OMG (Operations Management Group) Expenses
                            § 6.2.3   Project Cost and Financing
                            § 6.2.4   Risk Mitigation




The South Canoe Wind Project will have 34 turbines with
a total nameplate generating capacity of 102 megawatts.
102 megawatts = 137,000 horsepower



Reference:
• South Canoe's big blades on the move
from Liverpool to New Russell
  Feb 27, 2015

2015 Mar 28
Why Quebec is not the answer
to NS Power's coal addiction
We (in Nova Scotia) have free trade for electricity
with New England, but  not  with  Quebec.  That's
why buying Labrador power via the Maritime Link
was a much better deal for NS Power customers,
because the two parties negotiated firm long term
prices  and amounts  in  advance.  Even after the
deal  expires,  we  will  be in a  strong  position to
negotiate reasonable prices, because any power
Nalcor  sells  will  have  to  come  through  Nova
Scotia.  Thousands  more  megawatts  of  hydro
power  await  development  in Labrador.  Future
generations  of  Nova  Scotians  will thank their
ancestors for having had the  wisdom  to open
a route for that power to our province.
Contrarian




























































 
2015 Mar 31
Ellershouse Wind Project Progress Report

Construction on the Ellershouse Wind Farm will begin soon. 
Over the coming weeks, there will be increased truck traffic on
local roads while we upgrade and build site roads, install turbine
foundations and an electric power collection system, and then
erect the turbines.  Information about the delivery plan for
turbine and tower components is available on the AREA website,
and notices about the deliveries will be posted at
the Ellershouse Post Office through the summer.

•  Ellershouse Wind Farm Newlsetter  -  March 2015
•  Ellershouse Wind Farm Newlsetter - August 2014
•  Ellershouse Wind Farm Newlsetter  -  March 2014
•  Ellershouse Wind Farm Newlsetter - November 2013
•  Ellershouse Wind Farm Newlsetter - September 2013

Next meeting of the Community Liason Committee
will be Tuesday, April 28th 2015,  6-8pm,  at the
Ellershouse Community Hall, 429 Ellershouse Road.
All are welcome to attend.

Ellershouse Wind Farm Local Skills Poster

On February 17, 2014, the Ellershouse Wind Farm received
decision  from  the  Nova  Scotia  Environment  Department,
regarding approval of the project's Environmental Assessment (EA).
This  decision  outlines  the  approval  of  the  EA  and
the conditions that the project must adhere to.

This document includes several good maps
showing details of the Ellershouse Wind Farm Project.

This project is subject to a provincial Environmental Assessment
and a municipal Development Agreement process.

Note: The Ellershouse Wind Farm is located within the Municipality of the District of West Hants (MDWH),
but MDWH is not involved in the financing, ownership or manangement of the Ellershouse Wind Farm.

Ellershouse Wind Farm
seven turbines total nameplate capacity 16.1 MW
16.1 megawatts = 21 600 horsepower



References:
Energy project may start this fall
The Casket, Antigonish,  October 3, 2014
Town moves ahead with wind project
The Casket, Antigonish,  June 23, 2014
Berwick OKs small increase in taxes
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax,  June 13, 2014
Eleven firms to help draft N.S. renewable electricity market rules
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax,  June 2, 2014
Creating new advantages in rural N.S.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax,  March 3, 2014
Environment minister OKs Ellershouse wind project on conditions
The Hants Journal, Windsor,  February 17, 2014
Towns' Hants County wind farm application gets environmental OK
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax,  February 17, 2014
N.S. utilities plan to go it alone
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax,  February 7, 2014
Berwick wind project gains new partners
Kings County Register, Berwick,  February 6, 2014
Wind project sailing along
The Casket, Antigonish,  February 5, 2014
Council gives go-ahead for wind energy project
The Casket, Antigonish,  January 22, 2014
Firm to buy surplus power from towns' partnership
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax,  January 8, 2014
Bullfrog Power partners with municipal utilities...new Nova Scotia wind power online
Bullfrog Power,  January 8, 2014
Ellershouse wind project seeking approval
The Hants Journal, Windsor,  December 29, 2013
Towns eye green power solution
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax,  December 19, 2013
Environmental studies underway for Ellershouse wind project
The Hants Journal, Windsor,  November 28, 2013
Wind project gaining momentum in Ellershouse
The Hants Journal, Windsor,  October 3, 2013
Towns plug into power business
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax,  October 3, 2013
Berwick, Mahone Bay, Minas Basin wind project pitched to West Hants
The Hants Journal, Windsor,  September 25, 2013
Berwick, Mahone Bay, Minas Basin wind project pitched to West Hants
Kings County Register, Berwick,  September 25, 2013
Minister talks energy plans
The Casket, Antigonish,  February 26, 2013
University, town discussing electricity
The Casket, Antigonish,  January 22, 2013
Investors needed for newest CEDIF wind projects
The Casket, Antigonish,  January 22, 2013
Plugging in to Antigonish
The Casket, Antigonish,  November 27, 2012
UARB rules against exit fees*
  The Casket, Antigonish,  September 18, 2012
Board nixes NSP exit fee plan*
  Chronicle-Herald, Halifax,  September 7, 2012

* Also See:
2012 September 06
2012 NSUARB 133
NSPI Exit Fees applicable to the Municipal Utilities (MEUs)
The execution of any  agreements  is  now  on  hold  pending the determination of whether
NSPI will  be  permitted  to  charge  exit  fees  to the  Municipal  Utilities...In essence, NSPI's
current  proposal  would  essentially   close   the market  for  the  Municipal  Utilities,  the one
customer class for which the market has been legislatively opened... It is NS Power's position
that imposing exit fees upon the MEUs would be in the public interest.  It would balance the
needs of NS Power's remaining customers with the goals of the MEUs for cost reduction...
DECISION: Application for an ECRM denied.
6.0 CONCLUSION  The Board denies NSPI's request for an Embedded Cost
Recovery Mechanism (ECRM) as against the Municipal Electric Utilities (MEUs).
The  issues  of   stranded  costs   and   deferred   costs  will  be
considered as part of the  2013 General Rate Application (GRA)
[See UARB Matter Number M04972 - NSPI 2013 General Rate Application]
or as otherwise requested by the parties to the GRA...

2015 Mar 27
Regulator to weigh in on power play
NSP and newly-created EfficiencyOne to go head-to-head before URB
When the Electricity Efficiency and Conservation Restructuring Act was passed last
April, it was the centrepiece of Andrew Younger's inaugural term as energy minister.
By changing the way  electricity  efficiency  programs are delivered  in the province, it
allowed government to make good on a 2013 election pledge to reduce power bills by
removing what the Liberals liked to call  the  "efficiency  tax"  on top  of regular power
rates.  Where  is  the  added  benefit  from  Younger's  piece  of  legislation?  The act
allows  the  energy  minister  to award a franchise to a third party to supply the utility
with energy efficiency programs.  Nova Scotia Power must buy these services when
the cost of doing so is cheaper than buying energy.  An entity called EfficiencyOne,
which took over the programs and assets of Efficiency Nova Scotia Corp., holds the
franchise.  Nova Scotia Power and EfficiencyOne are preparing to go head-to-head
before the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board as they thrash out their first supply
agreement in a  public  hearing that gets underway in June 2015.  The utility filed its
first volley of  information  requests  with the Board this month, showing it intends to
fight hard.  Along with the  Board  and various  interveners and advocates, who will
also examine costs and proposed energy savings, the value-for-money from these
programs will also  be  scrutinized  by Nova Scotia Power.  The utility can pass on
the cost  of  buying  "energy efficiency"  to  ratepayers,  so long  as  the  costs are
prudently  incurred.   So in  a  strange  turn  of  events,  Nova Scotia Power, which
regularly comes under  public  scrutiny  for its  executive  salaries, will be standing
on the side of customers, checking every  nickel  and dime spent by EfficiencyOne,
including  the  remuneration  of its staff.  If the utility can  extract  a better deal from
the new efficiency czar, ratepayers may yet find a reason to thank Andrew Younger.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2015 Mar 27
Halifax may continue,
expand solar incentive
Halifax Regional Municipality
encourages renewable energy
Halifax's Solar City  pilot  program, launched to
encourage  the  installation  of  solar  hot-water
systems,   could    be    extended   three   years.
Regional Council  will  consider  a municipal staff
report  Tuesday,  March 31st,   that   recommends
continuing the program and expanding it to include
solar  photovoltaic   technology  for  electricity  and
solar   air   technology   for   space   heating.  The
program  now  offers  financing  for  solar  thermal
technology    for    hot-water    systems    through
municipal property taxes.  "With almost 400 install-
ations of  solar  thermal  systems  within two years,
the program has had a positive impact on the adop-
tion of  renewable  energy  within  the municipality,"
said the staff report released Friday, March 27th.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

References:
Solar City Halifax saves 30 million litres of water
CBC News, October 23, 2013
Dartmouth homeowners says Solar City program
saving them money

Metro News, May 4, 2013
2015 Mar 27
NS & NB power utilities collaborate to save $20 million a year

Power utilities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick believe they can save a total of
about $20 million annually by operating their interconnected electrical grids as one.

A  pilot   program   between   New  Brunswick  Power   and   Nova  Scotia  Power,  announced
Friday, March 27th, will see the two utilities work together to deliver electricity to both provinces
to  reduce  costs.   For  both   utilities   it  is  a  natural  evolution  of  an  existing  relationship.
The  two  utilities  have   worked  together  on  interconnectivity  since  1960  when  a  tie-line
– a high-voltage  transmission  line  between  Amherst  and  Moncton  –  was  established  to
provide backup in case of power outages on either side of the provincial border.  This year's
pilot program, which went into test mode in January, goes beyond a tie-line and involves
the two utilities working together to optimize their generation fleets to increase
efficiency, and create cost savings for customers in both provinces.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

References:
Grid deal with N.B. won't include nuclear power  April 6, 2015
Voice of the People – Splitting hairs, electrons  April 10, 2015
2015 Mar 27
Nova Scotia Power, NB Power
announce pilot project
aiming to save $20M
The utility companies say they will
jointly optimize their generation fleets
NB Power and Nova Scotia Power are teaming up
to deliver electricity to both provinces, in hopes of
saving  up  to  a  combined  $20 million  per  year.
The utilities have launched a one-year pilot project
of  "co-operative  dispatch,"  which  they  say  will
optimize power generation, improve efficiency, and
help them meet renewable energy and emissions
standards.   Their   generating   stations   will  be
dispatched (operated) as one fleet using the current
tieline capacity,  without  any  additional investment,
they said in a joint statement on Friday, March 27th.
CBC News, Halifax
2015 Mar 27
NB Power and NS Power working together to lower costs for electricity customers
The utility companies say they will
jointly optimize their generation fleets

CBC News, Halifax
2015 Mar 24
Trout Point Lodge
to charge up Teslas

East Kemptville site first
in province to offer service
for pricey cars

It will soon be possible to drive
your $120,000 electric Tesla from
an upscale Nova Scotia wilderness
retreat in Yarmouth County all the
way to the bright lights of
Los Angeles.  Trout Point Lodge
in East Kemptville will have
bragging rights on the first
charging station in the province
which will be part of the
Tesla Motors network in North
America, around the middle of May.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2015 Mar 27
N.S., N.B. agree to power deal
•  CTV News video clip  2:01
Hour-by-Hour Report
Hourly Net Energy Flows
NS - NB Interconnection
Onslow - Memramcook
single circuit, 345 kV
These numbers represent
hour-by-hour energy transfer
in megawatt-hours

(the average power flow in megawatts
over the one-hour period)
February 2015
January 2015

December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
Source - OASIS

Current system conditions
(including  "NS  Export"  -  the
power flow between NS and NB).
Updated  every  fifteen  minutes.

♦ positive flow on interconnection
means export from NS to NB
(2015 capacity* 350 MW)
♦ negative flow on interconnection
means import into NS from NB
(2015 capacity* 405MW)
* These capacity figures are the maximum under most
favourable  conditions.   There are  several  factors  that
often require lower maximum power transfers.  The most
prominent  of   these   factors   include   the  necessity  of
maintaining system voltage within acceptable limits, and the
requirement to maintain spinning reserve within each area.
2015 Mar 20
Students explore possible campsite at Kaizer Meadow
Public interested in visiting wind turbine
Kaizer Meadow turbine made $83,827 during February,
138% of the forecasted revenue for the month
It may not be for everybody, but the  Municipality  of  Chester  (MODC) has received enough
requests for information on chances to visit the site of the of the Kaizer Meadow wind turbine
that the municipality decided  something  had to be done.  It has therefore "asked students at
Forest  Heights  Community  School  for help," said  Warden  Allen Webber.  "I've asked them
to take a look at what a campsite would look like under a turbine.  How would it be managed? 
Should people just be  able  to go out  there  whenever  they  feel  like  it,  or  should  it be by
appointment?  What  amenities  should [there] be, or  should  it  be very low key and very low
environmental impact?"   The initative  has  two  aims – to  satisfy  the public's  curiosity  and
engage  young  people  with their community and  local  government.  Meanwhile, the turbine
and the efforts of the municipality to become  engaged  in  renewable  energy  are  starting to
bear  fruit  for the  municipality.   During  council's  meeting  on March 12th,  Warden  Webber
announced that the  turbine  had  made  $83,000  during  February,  138%  of the  forecasted
amount for the month, and at a recent meeting to discuss  biomass  opportunities in the area,
Warden Webber said he heard growing acceptance of wind turbines from a number of people.
Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Bridgewater

Total Energy Delivered during February 2015 = 639 900 kWh
639 900 kWh × 13.1¢ per kWh = $83 827
Average Power Generated (672 hours) February 2015 = 952 kW = 1230 horsepower
Total Fuel Cost, February 2015 = $zero



Reference:
•  Kaizer Meadow Wind Turbine

2015 Mar 20
Renewable power setup
takes shape
Electricity users in Nova Scotia should know
by Sept. 1st how the province's renewable
electricity market might operate, although a
wind energy developer says it's not yet clear
who should pay the cost of creating the new
system.  A Nova Scotia Power spokesman
said Friday the timeline is tight but the utility
company is committed to meeting the Sept. 1
government-imposed  deadline  for having
proposed rules ready for the province's new
retail electricity market.  The Liberal govern-
ment passed its renewable to retail legislation
in  December  2013.   The  plan  will  allow
independent power producers to sell green
energy directly to customers.  Nova Scotia
Power officials have been meeting with the
Energy Department, customer representatives
and potential suppliers since June to draft a
proposed framework for the market.  That
includes drafting tariffs, procedures and an
administrative  process.   The  province's
Utility and Review Board will have the final
say on how renewable to retail will work.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

References:
The design of a practical, workable,
effective and efficient retail electricity
market is not a simple matter.
•  Nature of the market
•  Electricity market
•  Retail electricity market
•  Creating a market
•  How was the Customer Framework developed?
•  Review of the Renewable Energy Target
2015 Mar 17
Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Report:  January 2015

[47 pages]
This report – which covers the activities for the month of January 2015 –
is prepared by Lower Churchill Management Corporation, the Nalcor
Energy subsidiary responsible for managing the construction of the
Muskrat  Falls   hydroelectric   generating  facility,   the  Labrador
Transmission Assets and the Labrador-Island Transmission Link.

This report provides the monthly update on the following projects
associated with the Muskrat Falls development:
•  the 824 megawatt hydroelectric development at Muskrat Falls
              (the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating facility);
•  the 1,100 km long High Voltage direct current (HVdc)
              transmission line between Muskrat Falls and
              Soldiers Pond (the Labrador-Island Transmission Link);
•  two 315 kilovolt High Voltage alternating current (HVac)
              transmission lines between Muskrat Falls and
              Churchill Falls (the Labrador Transmission Assets)

Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Generating Facility
Manufacturing of the four turbines and generators by Andritz Hydro Canada
is proceeding on schedule.
The plan is to have all water in the river diverted through the Spillway by late
summer 2016.  Following diversion of the river through the spillway, the spillway
gates can be operated to control the flow.  The plan is to use the spillway gates
to create a partial impoundment by creating a headpond upstream of Muskrat Falls
at elevation 25m in November 2016.  The 25m headpond will create a stable ice cover
upstream of Muskrat Falls.  The upstream stable ice cover will prevent the formation
of the hanging ice dam downstream of Muskrat Falls which will lower the downstream
river  elevations  and  will  facilitate  the  construction  of  the  remaining  structures
at Muskrat Falls planned to be carried out from November 2016 to November 2017.
—Appendix B (page 28), Muskrat Falls Project Oversight Committee Report, Sep. 2014

The Muskrat Falls hydroelectric plant
will  have   4  generating  units   with  a
total nameplate capacity of 824 megawatts.
824 megawatts = 1,104,000 horsepower


HVdc transmission line connecting Muskrat Falls to Soldiers Pond
Construction activities on the HVdc transmission line connecting Muskrat Falls to
Soldiers Pond are progressing well  with the installation of guy anchors and tower
foundations.  Tower assembly activities commenced with 78 towers being
assembled.  Fabrication activities of materials for the HVdc transmission
line  towers  are  continuing  in  Texas,  Dubai  and  India.

AC Transmission lines between Muskrat Falls and Churchill Falls
There has been  continued  progress  by Valard Construction on tower assembly,
tower  erection,   foundation   assembly   and   installation   for   the  transmission
line  between   Muskrat  Falls   and   Churchill  Falls.   By  the  end  of  January,
451 towers were assembled (of 1260 towers required), 176 were erected, 583 tower
foundations  were  installed,  and  242 guy  anchors  were  installed  and  tested.



References:

Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Reports
•  January 2015
•  December 2014
•  November 2014
•  October 2014
•  September 2014
•  August 2014
•  July 2014
•  June 2014
•  May 2014
•  April 2014
•  March 2014
•  February 2014

•  Independent Engineer Site Visit report - July 14-23, 2014

Muskrat Falls Project Oversight Committee
“The Committee will produce quarterly reports...for distribution to the general public.”
•  Committee report - December 2014  [32 pages]
•  Committee report - September 2014  [38 pages]
•  Oversight Committee Releases First Report - July 31, 2014
•  Muskrat Falls Oversight Committee
•  Muskrat Falls oversight committee announced  The Telegram, 25 March 2014
•  Muskrat Falls oversight committee to provide public updates  CBC News, 24 March 2014

Finding online copies
of official documents
in the UARB website

2015 Mar 13
Contingency budget tapped for Muskrat Falls
A quarterly update that says Nalcor Energy has spent an unplanned $35.6 million was released
by the Muskrat Falls Oversight Committee this morning, March 13th.  The Muskrat Falls project
is lagging  behind  schedule  and facing  unexpected  costs,  dipping  into  the  project's  built-in
contingency fund, according to the  latest  report  from the project's  government-led  Oversight
Committee.  It  covers  project  work,  up  to  the  end  of  December 2014.  In  the  last  quarter,
roughly $29 million of  unexpected  costs  have hit the  main  work  site  at Muskrat Falls, where
the dam, massive powerhouse and spillway structure is under construction.  The planned dates
for both  first  power  and  full  power  from Muskrat Falls are still in place, according to Nalcor.
To  date,  $2.14 billion  has  been  invoiced – actually spent – on  the  construction  work.
This is the cumulative value of all goods and services provided to the Project up to
this point in time  regardless  of  whether  it  was  paid  during  the  current
period  or  will  be  paid  at  some  future  point  in time.
The Labradorian, Happy Valley-Goose Bay



References:
Muskrat Falls Project Oversight Committee
“The Committee will produce quarterly reports...for distribution to the general public.”
•  Committee report - December 2014  [32 pages]
•  Committee report - September 2014  [38 pages]
•  Oversight Committee Releases First Report - July 31, 2014
•  Muskrat Falls Oversight Committee
•  Muskrat Falls oversight committee announced  The Telegram, 25 March 2014
•  Muskrat Falls oversight committee to provide public updates  CBC News, 24 March 2014

2015 Mar 12
Kings 2050 Update – Public Meeting to Discuss
Draft Energy & Large-Scale Wind Turbine Policies

When: Thursday March 12th, 2015 at 6:00pm
Where: Municipal Complex, Orchards Room, 87 Cornwallis Street, Kentville
Storm Date: Wednesday March 18th, 2015, same location and time

On Thursday, March 12th the Municipality of Kings County will host a public meeting
to review and gather public feedback on the proposed direction concerning energy set
out in the 'Draft for Consultation' Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS).  With significant
public interest in renewable energy issues, large-scale wind turbines in particular,
we want to ensure we provide the opportunity for people to learn about the draft
document and provide early feedback.  We especially want to learn more about
what residents consider appropriate and acceptable regarding large-scale wind
turbines in rural areas.  The meeting will begin with a presentation
from  Municipal  staff  and  followed  by  group  discussions.
Anyone with an interest in energy issues is encouraged to attend.
Municipality of Kings County

2015 Mar 06
Nova Scotia Power's
fiscal success
$78 per megawatt hour
The  non-fuel  cost  charged  to  ratepayers
by  Nova   Scotia   Power   rose  to  $78  per
megawatt  hour  in  2014,  from  $75  in  2013
and $67 in 2012.   It would have been higher,
but the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board
recently  ruled   against   NS Power  claiming
more costs.   These  details  were reported in
a management discussion document issued
last month by the utility's owner, Emera Inc.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2015 Mar 12
Biomass plant proposed for Bridgewater
A biomass plant to supply an alternative source of renewable energy using scraps of wood from
chips to sawdust has been proposed for Bridgewater, Lunenburg County.   The plant is a project
of Bridgewater Renewable Energy Works,  and if it succeeds it will one of the first  facilities of its
kind  in  North  America.   The  proposed  location  of the system is on High Street, and the plant
would be attached to the  Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) campus.   "Location is a very
positive attribute for this project.   It's literally  a few hundred  feet  from the NS Power substation
behind the community college, and thermal (heating) customers are clustered nearby, minimizing
capital  and  distribution  costs," said  Richard Pearson, the CEO of the company, who presented
the proposed  project  to  Bridgewater  town  council  the evening of March 3rd.   "There's a local
abundant renewable  source  of  biomass  including underutilized forestry residual fibre, sawdust,
bark shreds and some underutilized species that aren't used for the pulp and paper industry and
aren't  used for  saw  logs."  The company hopes to buy its biomass from local suppliers.  It will
require 100 tonnes a day.  "That's three truckloads, essentially 36,000 tonnes a year," he said.
Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Bridgewater

References:
•  This project appears as number 268 on the list of COMFIT projects  as of January 14, 2015

•  Community Feed-In-Tariff Program (COMFIT) Achieves Goal, on Hold  January 15, 2015
Projects announced today (January 15, 2015) include –
A 3.2 MW biomass project near Bridgewater (Dave Stewart and Associates)
3.2 megawatts = 4300 horsepower

2015 Feb 28
South Canoe Wind Farm
Progress Report
•  Newlsetter February 2015
At the end of February, 32 of 34 turbines have
been  delivered  at the  South Canoe Project
site  in   Lunenburg  County,   Nova  Scotia.
[Extra  geographical  details  are included here because
most viewers of this website live in countries other than
Canada.   In  number  of  viewers  sorted  by  country,
China  comes  second,  Canada  is  third,  Germany
is  fourth,  Ukraine  is  fifth,  and  France  is  sixth.]
Of these 32 turbines, 29 have been "topped
to  the  hub" (whatever that may mean) and 20 of
those have been erected including the nacelle
and a complete set of three blades.  There are
about 190 people working on the project daily.
The current  expectation  is  that  all  turbine
and tower components will be delivered
on site by March 8th.

•  Site Progress Infographic
South Canoe Wind Project Home Page



The  South  Canoe  Wind  Project  will
have 34 turbines with a total nameplate
generating capacity of 102 megawatts.
102 megawatts = 137,000 horsepower
2015 Mar 05
South Canoe Turbine
Deliveries Complete
After five months of transporting
turbines to site, South Canoe
is pleased  to  announce  that
all   turbine   and   tower
components are on site and the
turbine deliveries are complete.

“There  were  no  major  incidents  or
injuries  during  the  deliveries,  due in
large  part  to  the  cooperation  of  our
drivers, local businesses, and residents.”
Some of our delivery highlights:
– Through challenging winter conditions,
we made a total of 340 deliveries from
Liverpool and Trenton to the project site.
– The school board and the wind farm worked
together  to  ensure  that there would be
no conflicts between the C
schedule and delivery trucks
...
—Source:  E-mail dated Thu, Mar 5th, 2015, at 1:40pm
from Community Relations Manager
South Canoe Wind Farm



Reference:
• South Canoe's big blades on the move
from Liverpool to New Russell
  Feb 27, 2015

2015 Feb 20
Turbine turns profit for Municipality of Chester

Total expected to exceed $400,000 in Year One
With two months left in fiscal year, the  Kaizer  Meadow  wind turbine has realized 86% of
projected revenues.  The overall profit from the Municipality of Chester (MODC) project is
expected to be more than $400,000, according to a report presented to the municipality's
committee of the whole this week.  The report forecast revenues collected by the end
of March to be $622,072, approximately 86% of budgeted revenue for the
period of the fiscal year April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015.
The report identified revenue to date as $508,504.
Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Bridgewater

Total Energy Delivered, April 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 = 3,881,700 kWh
3,881,700 kWh × 13.1¢ per kWh = $508,503
Average Power Generated, April 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 = 528 kW = 708 horsepower
Total Fuel Cost, April 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 = $zero



References:
•  Kaizer Meadow Wind Turbine
•  Same Address, Different Experience - Renovated Website

2015 Feb 23
Comfit projects turning wind
into energy in Yarmouth County
Reaching towards the sky, three wind turbines
speckle the landscape in the Black Pond Road
and Little River Harbour communities.  The first,
installed  by  Scotian  WindFields  in Little River
Harbour
, about 5km west northwest from Wedge
-port in  Yarmouth  County, went up in early 2014.
Another one, to the east on the Black Pond Road,
about 5km  north  northwest  from  Wedgeport  is
owned by the same company and is expected to
be generating  energy  by  the  end of February.
The wind turbines put up by Watts Wind Energy
and Scotian WindFields are Comfit (Community
Feed-In-Tariff)   award    projects   through   the
Department of Energy.   Comfit  is designed for
locally-based renewable electricity projects.  To
be eligible,  the  projects  must  be community-
owned and  connected  at the  distribution level
(below 50,000 volts).  A Comfit award entitles a
company to a long-term power purchase agree-
ment to sell the generated electric energy to NS
Power at 13.1¢ per kWh, the set rate approved
by the Utility and Review Board.  As of January
2015, 89 projects, totalling 200 MW of capacity,
have been awarded since the program began in
2011.  The program has been paused pending a
review and the release of the electricity plan next
fall.  Nova Scotia has a target of generating 40%
of its  power  from  renewables  by 2020.
Yarmouth County Vanguard, Yarmouth
2015 Feb 18
Liberals mull changing how
Nova Scotia Power sets rates
The McNeil government is considering
changing how electricity rates are set.
Currently,   the   regulator   examines
Nova Scotia Power costs and decides
how much each customer group pays.
The electricity  draft  report released this
week says there's an appetite for greater
accountability and a performance-based
system  where  NSP's  rates  are  tied to
meeting standards.  That would change
NSP's guaranteed rate of return.  But
the report  urges  caution,  as this
system  failed  in  Ontario.
CBC News, Halifax

References:
Electricity System Review
February 18, 2015
Electricity System Review Report
[50 pages]  February 18, 2015
Renewable to Retail Market Opening
application   being   developed   for
submission to the Utility and Review
Board (UARB) by September 1, 2015

NS Power Tariffs - 2014  [70 pages]

2015 Feb 18
McNeil government
asks Nova Scotians
about power rates
•  CBC News video clip  14:15-15:50
2015 Feb 17
Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Report:  December 2014

[46 pages]
This report – which covers the activities for the month of December 2014 –
is prepared by Lower Churchill Management Corporation, the Nalcor
Energy subsidiary responsible for managing the construction of the
Muskrat  Falls   hydroelectric   generating  facility,   the  Labrador
Transmission Assets and the Labrador-Island Transmission Link.

This report provides the monthly update on the following projects
associated with the Muskrat Falls development:
•  the 824 megawatt hydroelectric development at Muskrat Falls
              (the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating facility);
•  the 1,100 km long High Voltage direct current (HVdc)
              transmission line between Muskrat Falls and
              Soldiers Pond (the Labrador-Island Transmission Link);
•  two 315 kilovolt High Voltage alternating current (HVac)
              transmission lines between Muskrat Falls and
              Churchill Falls (the Labrador Transmission Assets)

Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Generating Facility
Manufacturing of the four turbines and generators by Andritz Hydro Canada
is proceeding on schedule.
The plan is to have all water in the river diverted through the Spillway by late
summer 2016. Following diversion of the river through the spillway, the spillway
gates can be operated to control the flow.  The plan is to use the spillway gates
to create a partial impoundment by creating a headpond upstream of Muskrat Falls
at elevation 25m in November 2016.  The 25m headpond will create a stable ice cover
upstream of Muskrat Falls.  The upstream stable ice cover will prevent the formation
of the hanging ice dam downstream of Muskrat Falls which will lower the downstream
river  elevations  and  will  facilitate  the  construction  of  the  remaining  structures
at Muskrat Falls planned to be carried out from November 2016 to November 2017.
—Appendix B (page 28), Muskrat Falls Project Oversight Committee Report, Sep. 2014

The Muskrat Falls hydroelectric plant
will  have   4  generating  units   with  a
total nameplate capacity of 824 megawatts.
824 megawatts = 1,104,000 horsepower


HVdc transmission line connecting Muskrat Falls to Soldiers Pond
Construction activities on the HVdc  transmission  line connecting Muskrat Falls to
Soldiers Pond are  progressing  well  with the installation of guy anchors and tower
foundations.  Tower  assembly  activities  commenced  with  nine towers being
assembled.  Fabrication activities of materials for the HVdc transmission
line  towers  are  continuing  in  Texas,  Dubai  and  India.

AC Transmission lines between Muskrat Falls and Churchill Falls
There has been  continued  progress  by Valard Construction on tower assembly,
tower  erection,   foundation   assembly   and   installation   for   the  transmission
line  between   Muskrat  Falls   and   Churchill  Falls.   By  the  end  of  December,
398 towers were assembled (of 1260 towers required), 117 were erected, 414 tower
foundations  were  installed,  and  234 guy  anchors  were  installed  and  tested.



References:

Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Reports
•  January 2015
•  December 2014
•  November 2014
•  October 2014
•  September 2014
•  August 2014
•  July 2014
•  June 2014
•  May 2014
•  April 2014
•  March 2014
•  February 2014

•  Independent Engineer Site Visit report - July 14-23, 2014

Muskrat Falls Project Oversight Committee
“The Committee will produce quarterly reports...for distribution to the general public.”
•  Committee report - September 2014  [38 pages]
•  Oversight Committee Releases First Report - July 31, 2014
•  Muskrat Falls Oversight Committee
•  Muskrat Falls oversight committee announced  The Telegram, 25 March 2014
•  Muskrat Falls oversight committee to provide public updates  CBC News, 24 March 2014

Finding online copies
of official documents
in the UARB website

2015 Feb 13
Mi'kmaw Economic Benefits Office working with the Maritime Link
With work beginning on the Maritime Link, NSP Maritime Link is partnering with the Mi'kmaw
Economic  Benefits  Office  to train  local  aboriginals for work on the link, which will connect
Newfoundland  and  Labrador  to  the  North  American  electricity  system,  via Nova Scotia.
The  Maritime   Link   involves   the   construction   and   operation   of  a  new  high-voltage
500 megawatt (670 000 horsepower) electric transmission line and associated infrastructure,
between Granite Canal on Newfoundland Island and Woodbine, near Sydney on Cape Breton
Island.  The project includes two 170 kilometre  underwater cables across Cabot Strait, close
to 50 kilometres of  overland  electric  transmission  in  Nova  Scotia  and  nearly  300 km of
overland  transmission  in  Newfoundland.  Construction  of the  Maritime  Link  will require
hundreds  of  workers,  employed  through  contractors, to  build  the various components
between 2014 and 2017.  This includes labourers, semi-skilled and skilled tradespeople.
Cape Breton Post, Sydney
2015 Feb 14
Smart storage heaters
cut power costs in half
Most people hate time-of-day billing, but
contrary to appearances, electric utility
CEOs don't sit in ivory towers devising
ways to inch  us  all  toward  personal
bankruptcy.   There's  a  legitimate
reason time-of-day billing exists.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2015 Feb 09
Carbon tax a fixture in
uncertain energy future
...There is no doubt that the world of energy
production, distribution and consumption is
headed into a period of unprecedented and
radical  change,  driven  by a convergence of
very powerful technological and environmental
forces.   Happily,   some   certainties  remain.
For example, despite our apparent confusion
in  Nova  Scotia,  efficiency  or  "demand-side
management" remains easily the best energy
investment,   two   to   three   times   cheaper
than natural gas, coal and nuclear generation
on a comparative or "levelized" basis...
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2015 Feb 09
NSPI Website
• Letter dated February 9, 2015
from UARB to NS Power Inc.
• Email dated January 27, 2015
to the Utility and Review Board (UARB)

Original attachments – these graphics are fully
described in the email dated January 27, 2015:
• EXHIBIT ONE
• EXHIBIT TWO
• EXHIBIT THREE



• Letter dated February 20, 2015
from NS Power Inc. to UARB
2015 Feb 06
Embrace carbon tax, erase energy subsidies
Energy subsidies mostly waste a half-trillion dollars worldwide, including $20 billion
a year in Canada, and some millions in Nova Scotia in the form of electricity rebates
and subsidies  mostly  to  windmills  and  biomass.   Here, as elsewhere, wind is at its
limits and biomass is a train wreck.  The government would be right to wind them up...
The Nova Scotia power rebate should be done away with for the simple reason that at
least  80 per cent  of it  subsidizes  those  who can pay,  including  the  very  well off. 
It should be dropped  on  condition  a support system can be  devised  for those who
can't pay – involving Community Services or any group, such as the Salvation Army
or local and church social committees, that people are apt to approach for help...
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2015 Feb 02
South Canoe Wind Farm
Progress Report
•  Newlsetter January 2015
At the end of January, 27 turbines are in
various stages of assembly, with eleven
turbines completely erected.
•  Site Progress Infographic
South Canoe Wind Project Home Page

To erect the turbines, the South Canoe Project
has a new crane - a Liebherr LG 1750,
capable of lifting 750 metric tonnes
at 7 metres radius.
Photographs
Liebherr LG 1750
Wikipedia (German)



The  South  Canoe  Wind  Project  will
have 34 turbines with a total nameplate
generating capacity of 102 megawatts.
102 megawatts = 137,000 horsepower



















 
2015 Feb 05
Independent Engineer's Report
November 2014 Site Visits - Lower Churchill Project
Includes lots of good photographs of construction activity
The IE visited the eastern end of the Muskrat Falls to Churchill Falls HVac transmission
line on November 25 and 26, 2014 to observe  tower  assembly  and erection works by
Valard Construction.  The HVac lines connecting  Muskrat Falls Generating Station with
Churchill Falls Generating Station consist of two parallel 315kV lines from the proposed
735/315kV Substation  (adjacent to Churchill Falls Switchyard)  to the new Muskrat Falls
Generating Station.  The two  new  HVac  transmission  lines  are supported on separate
structures.  They share the same right of way (100m) and also are parallel to the existing
Goose  Bay  138kV  line.   Each  line  has  bundled  conductor  –  two  795kcmil  Drake
conductors  per  phase  –  supported  on  steel  structures.   There   are   approximately
1200 towers  for  the  two  lines.  Line 1 is to the south and includes one Optical Ground
Wire (OPGW) and one  Overhead  Shield  Wire (OHSW) while Line 2 is to the north and
includes two OHSW.   There  is  a  full  capacity  redundancy,  as  only  one  of  the HVac
transmission lines with the bundle Drake conductor is capable of transferring the full load. 
One line can  be  totally  out  of  service  at a time with  no  effect  on the load transfer.



                                         References:
The responsibilities of the Independent Engineer are described in section 4.9 of the Federal Loan Guarantee Agreement.

•  Independent Engineer's Report issued 2015 Feb 05 - Site visited November 2014
•  Independent Engineer's Report issued 2014 Oct 20 - Site visited July 2014
•  Independent Engineer's Report issued 2013 Nov 29
              Appendices A & B
              Appendices C & D
              Appendix E
              Appendix F
              Appendix G
              Appendices H, I, J, K, L & M




Generator Interconnection Agreement  216 pages
Agreement between
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
(in its capacity as the NL System Operator)
and
Muskrat Falls Corporation
and
Labrador Transmission Corporation

Schedule 2 - LTA Project Description:
                     the components of the Labrador Transmission Assets (LTA)
Section 1 - Muskrat Falls Switchyard
Section 2 - Muskrat Falls Switchyard to HVdc Convertor Station
Section 3 - HVac Overland Transmission - Muskrat Falls to CF
                    •  Two 315 kV HVac overhead transmission lines to connect the
                                 Muskrat Falls switchyard to the Churchill Falls switchyard extension
                    •  Provision for Gull Island interconnection to be included
                                 through selected placement of dead end towers
                    •  Transmission lines are to be carried on galvanized lattice steel towers,
                                 with self-supported angles and dead ends, and guyed suspension towers
                    •  Transmission line power capacity is to be 900 MW* (1 200 000 horsepower) for
                                 each transmission line, allowing for all load to be carried on a single circuit...
Section 4 - CF Switchyard Extension
Section 5 - Operations Telecommunication System - Labrador Transmission
Section 6 - Interconnection Points


* Comment: 900 MW on a single-circuit three-phase power line at 315 kV and typical
power factor means that the current in each phase will be about 1700 amperes,
which is within the rated capacity of two bundled 795 kcmil Drake conductors.
2015 Jan 30
Power poles a homely
but affordable way to
light up the community
Why are power lines built overhead
on poles, instead of underground
and out of sight?
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2015 Jan 30
Conserving energy could
be more cost-effective
...In the mix are small-scale wind and
biomass projects that are allowed into
the  system   entirely   independent  of
whether  they  are  needed.   As well as
annoying the neighbours, these projects
produce  electricity  at  entirely  uncom-
petitive  rates.   Depending  on  the  size
and efficiency of  wind turbines,  they are
between two and eight times the savings
from not  using  fuel-based  alternatives.
This further  boosts  prices.  More than
90  of   these   have   been  approved.
Government  has  declared  a pause
in approvals pending review...
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2015 Feb 02
Supply, demand changes
spark rise in cost of firewood
The shutdown of Liverpool's Bowater Mersey
pulp   and   paper   plant,   along   with   the
temporary  shutdown  of  the  Point  Tupper
plant, caused  many  harvesting contractors
to  get   out   of  the  wood-cutting  business.
Meanwhile,   Nova    Scotia    Power's   new
biomass burning plant, also in Point Tupper,
is expected to consume 670,000 tonnes of
wood  fibre  annually – about half that will
be  harvested  and  the  other  half  is
projected  to  come  from  waste.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2015 Jan 19
N.S. power plan
in need of tune-up
Program for small-scale
enterprises on hold; straight
subsidies may be better option
Locally owned, locally generated energy
is a good thing.   But after  three years in
operation,  the  regulated  pricing  model
that  has  given   a  boost  to  small-scale
energy  production  is due  for a tune-up.
Last  week,  Michel  Samson,  the acting
energy minister, said government would
stop   accepting   proposals  under  the
Community  Feed-In  Tariff  (COMFIT)
program,  pending   the  release  of  a
provincial electricity plan in the fall...
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax



References:
Community Feed-In-Tariff Program
Achieves Goal, on Hold
Jan 15, 2015
Report  on  the  Review  of  the
Community Feed-In-Tariff Program

[14 pages]  March 2014

2015 Jan 23
Nova Scotia Power's
boiler spoils forests
The  2,790  hectares   that   will   be  cut
each and every year to feed the biomass
boiler  at   Point  Tupper   translates  into
6,894 acres   for   us   old   guys,   which
is   10.77   square   miles,   or   all   the
forest  in  a  three-and-one-quarter mile
by  three-and-one-quarter mile square.
Surely   we   can't   allow   this   to
continue    year    upon    year.
This is not green technology.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

2015 Jan 28
Power rates holding steady
for Berwick Electric users
Berwick residents  won't  be  seeing  a  power rate
hike this year.  The Nova Scotia Utility and Review
Board (UARB)  approved  Berwick Electric's  rates
on  Jan. 20th.    Customers   will   continue  to  pay
about 13 cents per kilowatt hour (NOTE: the newspaper
got the decimal point wrong!)
for power, said Don Regan,
Berwick chief administrative officer and director of
Berwick Electric,  despite  a large sum consumers
across  the  province  owe  to  Nova Scotia Power
(NSP).  Back  in  2012,  Regan says,  NSP went to
the UARB to request a rate  increase  to help cover
mounting fuel costs.  Instead,  the UARB  offered a
Rate Stabilization Plan, which limited the power rate
increase  for  consumers to three per cent between
2013   and   2014.   "They   could   only  do  that by
deferring the collection of fuel costs," said Regan...
Kings County Register, Berwick
2015 Jan 16
N.S. uranium could help wean world off fossil fuels
Nuclear power's track record is much safer than coal's,
notwithstanding the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents
Consider, for example, South Korea which has a population of 50 million in an area less than
twice as big as Nova Scotia.  If our province were as densely populated, there would be
27 million Nova Scotians.  Halifax would have about 12 million people.  South Korea has
little opportunity for hydro and none for imports of electricity.  Coal provides 43% of its
electricity, coal and gas another quarter.  Almost all the rest comes from 23 nuclear power
installations.  How might South Korea reduce its greenhouse gas emissions?  Wind and solar
might be options, but the climate is less than ideal for solar, and they both would take up
a lot of space in an already crowded country.  Apart from that, today's electric transmission
systems have limited capacity to handle power from sources whose output varies with weather
conditions rather than customer demand.  It would appear that the one viable option is to
increase nuclear power and, in fact, South Korea has five more reactors
under construction and a further eight planned.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax



Comment:
We live in an incredibly exciting and incredibly challenging time.  Energy demands
due  to  economic  growth  and   increasing   population   must  be  satisfied  in  a
sustainable  manner  assuring  inherent  safety,  efficiency  and  no  or minimized
environmental  impact.   These  considerations  are among the reasons that lead
to serious interest in deploying  nuclear  power  as a sustainable  energy source.
At the same time, catastrophic earthquake and tsunami events in Japan resulted
in  the  Fukushima  nuclear accident  that  forced  us  to  rethink  our approach to
nuclear safety, design requirements and facilitated growing interests in advanced
nuclear energy  systems.   Nuclear energy is a  low  carbon  technology  but  it is
not emission free.  Lifecycle  analyses  of nuclear energy find an average carbon
intensity of 66g CO2 per kWh* of which the largest part (38%) is generated in the
front  end  of the  nuclear  fuel  cycle  (uranium mining and milling).  Besides the
CO2 emission there are also  other  environmental  and health impacts that are
associated with the uranium milling and mining activities.  In Germany nuclear
energy use is a  controversially  discussed topic.  In 2002 the out-phasing of
nuclear energy by 2022 was decided.  In 2010 a new government passed
a life time extension of the 17 power plants by on average 12 years,
seeing nuclear energy as an important bridging technology
to reach Germany's ambitious climate goals...

* 66g CO2 per kWh can be compared with the intensity of
electrical energy produced at NSPI's Point Aconi generating
plant, which is about 900 grams CO2 per kWh.  Point Aconi,
commissioned in 1994, is Nova Scotia Power's  newest  and
most environmentally progressive coal-fired generating station.

2015 Jan 15
Barrington wind project approved
as COMFIT program paused by province
As it announced a pause on new applications, the province approved seven new Community
Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) projects,  including  a small  wind  project in Barrington, to produce
local renewable electricity.  The electric energy generated will be sold directly to NS Power.
NS Power will  distribute  this  energy  to homes  and businesses throughout the local area,
and  will   issue   bills   calculated  at   the   ordinary  rates.    The  Municipality  will  receive
49.9 cents per kilowatt-hour from NS Power.  The 50-kilowatt (67 horsepower) wind project
announced for the Municipality of Barrington – which is located at the western end of
Shelburne County and includes Canada's most southern saltwater beach – will be
sited near the  Construction  and  Demolition  Debris  Landfill  at Goose Lake.

Projects announced today are:
   – A 3.2 MW biomass project near Bridgewater (Dave Stewart and Associates)
   – A 600 kW biomass project in Hardwood (Grant Holdings)
   – A 500 kW biomass project in Tracadie (TE Boyle Farm and Forestry Limited)
   – A 1.5 MW biomass project in Bible Hill (Dalhousie University)
   – A 50 kW wind project in Barrington (Municipality of Barrington)
   – A 500 kW biomass project in Port Hood (Fire Blade Holsteins)
   – A 500 kW biomass project in Antigonish (Afton Hills Farm Limited)

Over  90 COMFIT  projects   have  been  approved.    New  applications  will  not  be
processed pending the program review and the release of the electricity plan next fall.
Shelburne County Coast Guard, Shelburne

3.2 megawatts = 4300 horsepower
1.5 megawatts = 2000 horsepower
600 kilowatts = 800 horsepower
500 kilowatts = 670 horsepower
50 kilowatts = 67 horsepower



References:
Barrington municipality planning wind power project at landfill site  Aug. 29, 2014
Environmental assessment of Barrington wind farm underway  March 5, 2013
Energy Resources Conservation Act
Province Can Meet Wind Targets...Study Says press release 16 May 2008
Nova Scotia Wind Integration Study

2015 Jan 15
Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Report:  November 2014

[45 pages]
This report – which covers the activities for the month of November 2014 –
is prepared by Lower Churchill Management Corporation, the Nalcor
Energy subsidiary responsible for managing the construction of the
Muskrat  Falls   hydroelectric   generating  facility,   the  Labrador
Transmission Assets and the Labrador-Island Transmission Link.

This report provides the monthly update on the following projects
associated with the Muskrat Falls development:
•  the 824 megawatt hydroelectric development at Muskrat Falls
              (the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating facility);
•  the 1,100 km long High Voltage direct current (HVdc)
              transmission line between Muskrat Falls and
              Soldiers Pond (the Labrador-Island Transmission Link); and
•  two 315 kilovolt High Voltage alternating current (HVac)
              transmission lines between Muskrat Falls and
              Churchill Falls (the Labrador Transmission Assets).

Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Generating Facility
Manufacturing of the four turbines and generators by Andritz Hydro Canada is proceeding
on schedule.   The assembly  of Unit No. 1 runner is underway in China.  Astaldi Canada
is  the  main  contractor   for  the   intake,  powerhouse,  spillway,  and  transition  dams.
Ongoing  mobilization   and  set  up  of   offices  and  temporary  facilities  (maintenance
building,  heated  warehouse  and  carpenter  shop)  at  the  contractor's  laydown  area
as well as at the intake,  powerhouse  and spillway sites.  Erection of the structural steel
for the Integrated Cover Structure (ICS) continued during the period at the powerhouse,
intake  and  south  service  bay.   Installation  of  roofing  and  exterior  insulation and
steel  cladding  progressed,  and  five  overhead  cranes  were  placed  in the ICS.

The Muskrat Falls hydroelectric plant
will  have   4  generating  units   with  a
total nameplate capacity of 824 megawatts.
824 megawatts = 1,104,000 horsepower


HVdc transmission line connecting Muskrat Falls to Soldiers Pond
Construction activities on the HVdc  transmission  line connecting Muskrat Falls to
Soldiers Pond are  progressing  well  with the installation of guy anchors and tower
foundations.  Site preparation and earthworks for the new DC-AC converter station,
switchyard and  synchronous  condenser facilities at Soldiers Pond was completed
in November.  Manufacturing and testing of the  three  underwater cables for Belle
Isle Strait is  progressing  as planned in Japan.  Factory Acceptance Testing of the
first land  cable  was  completed  successfully  at the Futtsu  facility in  Japan,  and
armouring  of the first  underwater  cable  is  complete.   Insulation impregnation of
the second underwater cable and conductor stranding of the third cable is ongoing.
Fibre optic manufacturing  and  testing  of  the  third  cable  was previously
completed in  Norway  and  is  awaiting  shipment  to Japan.

AC Transmission lines between Muskrat Falls and Churchill Falls
There has been  continued  progress  by Valard Construction on tower assembly,
tower  erection,   foundation   assembly   and   installation   for   the  transmission
line  between   Muskrat  Falls   and   Churchill  Falls.   By  the  end  of  November,
367 towers  were  assembled  (of 1260 towers required), 79 were erected,
and  325  tower  foundations  were  installed.



References:

Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Reports
•  December 2014
•  November 2014
•  October 2014
•  September 2014
•  August 2014
•  July 2014
•  June 2014
•  May 2014
•  April 2014
•  March 2014
•  February 2014
•  January 2014

•  Independent Engineer Site Visit report - July 14-23, 2014

Muskrat Falls Project Oversight Committee
“The Committee will produce quarterly reports...for distribution to the general public.”
•  Committee report - September 2014  [38 pages]
•  Oversight Committee Releases First Report - July 31, 2014
•  Muskrat Falls Oversight Committee

••• Lower Churchill Project
Gilbert Bennett's presentation at
Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN)

Engineering Speaker Series - April 2, 2014

•  Nalcor's Corporate Structure
•  Interactive map of the Labrador-Island Transmission Link

Maritime Link Project Quarterly Newsletter
•  Issue 01 - Summer 2014
•  Issue 02 - Fall 2014

Strait of Belle Isle
Muskrat Falls - Belle Isle Strait - cable route - bennett - 2014oct
Muskrat Falls - Strait of Belle Isle - cable route
Source
NOTE: For better detail, this image can be expanded (CTRL +) to quadruple size (400%) without pixelation.


The Strait of Belle Isle crossing will have three
cables installed – any two will be able to transfer
900 MW from Labrador  to  Newfoundland Island.
Each  cable  has  been  designed  for  continuous
operation at 350,000 volts and 1290 amperes.
900 megawatts = 1,200,000 horsepower

Strait of Belle Isle (SOBI)
Muskrat Falls - Belle Isle Strait - iceberg protection - bennett - 2014apr
Muskrat Falls - Strait of Belle Isle - iceberg protection
Source
NOTE: For better detail, this image can be expanded (CTRL +) to quadruple size (400%) without pixelation.



Strait of Belle Isle
Muskrat Falls - Belle Isle Strait - cable stranding - bennett - 2014apr
Muskrat Falls - Strait of Belle Isle - cable stranding
Source
NOTE: For better detail, this image can be expanded (CTRL +) to quadruple size (400%) without pixelation.


SOBI References:
Strait of Belle Isle Marine Cable Crossing - Environmental Protection Plan Nalcor Energy
Labrador-Island Transmission Link – Environmental Impact Statement CERA
Labrador-Island Transmission Link CERA
lceberg Scour Risk in the Strait of Belle lsle C-CORE
Strait of Belle Isle Marine Cable Crossing Nalcor Energy
Strait of Belle Isle Marine Crossing Construction Nalcor Energy


Finding online copies
of official documents
in the UARB website

2015 Jan 15
Community Feed-In-Tariff Program Achieves Goal, on Hold
Today, the Nova Scotia Government  announced  it has approved the next phase for
seven new Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) projects to produced local renewable
electricity.  Government also announced its plans to pause and evaluate the COMFIT
program to ensure it continues to be community-based, innovative and contributes to
the province's future energy needs.  Over 90 COMFIT projects have been approved
to date and new applications will not be processed pending this program review and
the release of the electricity  plan  next  fall.   COMFIT  provides  eligible  groups an
established  price  per  kilowatt hour (kWh)  for  projects  producing  electricity  from
renewable resources  such as  wind,  biomass,  in-stream tidal  and  run-of-the-river
tidal  hydro  developments.   Eligible groups  include  municipalities,   First Nations,
universities, co-operatives and not-for-profit organizations... Applications received
before today's announcement will continue to be processed and decisions will be
made in the coming months.  Government supports diversifying the province's
energy  mix  to include more  renewable  electricity  sources.  The  COMFIT
program will help the province reach its renewable electricity targets of
25% renewable  electricity  by  2015  and  40%  by  2020.
N.S. Energy Department press release

All electrical energy generated by any project approved under
Nova Scotia's COMFIT program is sold under long-term contract
to NS Power at the following rates (approved by the UARB):
— Wind power, 50 kW or less - 49.9¢ per kWh
— Wind power, over 50 kW - 13.1¢ per kWh
— Small-scale in-stream tidal - 65.2¢ per kWh
— Run-of-the-river hydroelectricity - 14.0¢ per kWh
— Combined heat and power (CHP) biomass - 17.5¢ per kWh



                                                     References:
Details of Nova Scotia's yearly greenhouse gas emission levels  Updated annually
Report on the Review of the Community Feed-In-Tariff Program  [14 pages]  March 2014
COMFIT: Nova Scotia Community Feed-In Tariff Guide  [45 pages]  August 2011

Complete list of approved COMFIT projects as of February 2015
Note: COMFIT projects are connected to the NS electric system at the distribution level - that is, below 50,000 volts.
This list does not include large wind projects that are connected at the transmission level - that is, above 50,000 volts -
such as Sable Wind Project (connected at 69kV) and South Canoe (connected at 138kV).



                                                           List of COMFIT (Community Feed-In Tariff) Projects
2015 Jan 15   •Community Feed-In-Tariff Program Achieves Goal, on Hold  Energy Dept. 
2014 Dec 30   •Efficiency Tax Comes Off Power Bills  Energy Dept.  Legislation takes effect Thursday, Jan. 1st, 2015
2014 Dec 19   •Awards Support Tidal Industry Development  Energy Dept.
2014 Dec 19   ♦Amherst Community Wind Farm Project [Registered]  Environment Dept.
2014 Dec 11   ♦Chebucto Terence Bay Wind Farm Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2014 Dec 04   ♦Porters Lake Wind Farm Project [Registered]  Environment Dept.
2014 Dec 03   ♦Kemptown Wind Farm Project [Decision]  Environment Dept. —— Also see: 2014 Feb 10 Kemptown Wind Farm [Decision]
2014 Nov 26   •Maritime Link Benefits Agreement Creates Local Economic, Employment Opportunities  Energy Dept.
2014 Nov 25   •Nova Scotia Fuel Bill  Energy Dept.  Op-ed from Energy Minister Andrew Younger
2014 Nov 21   •New Air Quality Requirements for Nova Scotia's Electricity Sector  Environment Dept.  New emission limits for the electricity sector
2014 Nov 04   •Potential Fifth Berth Announced for FORCE  Energy Dept.
2014 Nov 03   •International Conference on Ocean Energy to be Held in Halifax  Energy Dept. 650 delegates from 25 countries
2014 Oct 15    •Public Consultation Wraps Up with Halifax Session, Webcasts  Energy Dept.  Live webcast today, Oct. 15th, at 7pm.
2014 Oct 06    •Nova Scotia Students Receive Energy Scholarships  Energy Dept.
2014 Sep 12   •Nova Scotia Makes Climate Change a Focus  Environment Dept.
2014 Sep 04   •Electricity System Review Consultation Schedule Announced  Energy Dept.  A list of public meetings follows this release
2014 Aug 15   ♦Wedgeport Wind Farm Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2014 Aug 13   ♦Lingan Wind Farm Expansion (Lingan III) [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2014 Jul 29    •Province Highlights Wind Storage Technology In Queens County  Energy Dept.  Project to store electricity generated from wind power
2014 Jul 25    ♦East Bay Hills Wind Power Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2014 Jul 12    ♦Barrachois Wind Farm [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2014 Jun 11    •Studies Help Nova Scotians Consider Province's Electricity Future  Energy Dept.
2014 Apr 07    •Efficiency Tax to Come Off, Power Bills to Go Down  Energy Dept.
2014 Mar 28   •Government Funds Tidal Industry, Welcomes New Players  Energy Dept.  More than $4 million to fund projects in the tidal industry
2014 Mar 11   •Feedback Supports Electricity Review Scope of Work  Energy Dept.
2014 Mar 06   •Community Feed-In-Tariff (COMFIT) Program Results Available  Energy Dept.  Read the COMFIT review
2014 Mar 04   •Nova Scotia and U.K. Collaborate on Tidal Industry Development  Energy Dept.
2014 Feb 27   ♦Bateston Community Wind Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2014 Feb 17   •Program Helps Connect Students to Energy Sector  Energy Dept.
2014 Feb 17   ♦Ellershouse Wind Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2014 Feb 10   ♦Kemptown Wind Farm [Decision]  Environment Dept. —— Also see: 2014 Dec 03 Kemptown Wind Project [Decision]
2014 Feb 10   ♦Mulgrave Community Wind Power Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2014 Feb 04   ♦Limerock Wind Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2014 Jan 28   •  (2) Greenfield Wind Project Approved  Environment Dept.
2014 Jan 28   ♦ (1) Greenfield Wind Farm Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2014 Jan 27   •Timing Right for Comprehensive Energy Review  Energy Dept.  Op-ed from Energy Minister Andrew Younger
2014 Jan 21   •New Regulations to Help Guide Nova Scotia as Tidal Energy Leader  Energy Dept.
2014 Jan 20   •Province Will Select Two Technologies for Fundy Tidal Project  Energy Dept.
2014 Jan 16   •Electricity System Review Begins  Energy Dept.  Government is doing a comprehensive review of electricity system
2014 Jan 06   ♦North Beaver Bank Community Wind Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2013 Dec 26   ♦Aulds Mountain Wind Farm [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2013 Dec 20   •Province Approves Multiple Community Feed-in Tariff Projects  Energy Dept.
2013 Dec 09   ♦Nine Mile River Community Wind Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2013 Nov 29   •Electricity Reform Act to Transform Electricity Marketplace  Energy Dept.
2013 Nov 15   ♦Gaetz Brook Wind Farm [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2013 Nov 13   •Nova Scotia Tidal Energy Industry Reaches Milestone  Energy Dept.
2013 Oct 31   ♦Chebucto-Pockwock Community Wind Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2013 Aug 21   •Province Seeks Feedback on Tidal Energy Regulations  Energy Dept.
2013 Aug 02   •Sackville Green Energy Project Approved  Energy Dept.
2013 Jul 26    •UARB Decision on Maritime Link Good for Nova Scotia Families  Energy Dept.
2013 Jul 24    ♦Martock Ridge Community Wind Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2013 Jul 22    •UARB Approves Maritime Link Project  Energy Dept.
2013 Jul 02    ♦Millbrook Community Wind Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2013 Jul 02    ♦Truro Heights Community Wind Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2013 Jul 02    ♦Whynotts Community Wind Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2013 Jun 25   ♦McLellans Brook Wind Energy Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2013 Jun 20   ♦Hillside Boularderie Wind Farm [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2013 Jun 17   ♦Maritime Link [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2013 Jun 07   •Province Seeks Feedback on Changes to Move to a Cleaner, Greener Future  Energy Dept.
2013 Apr 03   ♦Barrington Wind Energy Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2013 Mar 26   •(COMFIT) Projects Approved in Fourteen Communities  Energy Dept.
2013 Mar 26   •SPCA involved in two wind farm projects  Chronicle Herald  A 4.8 MW project in Kemptown and a 1.9 MW project in Dean
2013 Jan 28   •Sydney Biomass Energy Project Gets Go-Ahead  Energy Dept.
2013 Jan 17   •Biomass Regulations Create Clean Energy at Lowest Rates  Energy Dept.
2013 Jan 11   •Eskasoni Energy Project in Millbrook Gets Go-ahead From Province  Energy Dept.
2012 Dec 27   •Province Finalizes Regulations That Bring Fairness to Electricity Rates  Energy Dept.
2012 Dec 17   •Lower Churchill Project Sanctioned by Emera and Nalcor Energy  Energy Dept.
2012 Oct 25    •Province Introduces Legislation to Bring Greater Fairness, Certainty to Electricity Rates  Energy Dept.
2012 Oct 19    •Renewable Energy Projects in (Four) Nova Scotia Communities Get Go-Ahead  Energy Dept.
2012 Oct 16    •Renewable Energy Project in Guysborough Gets Go-Ahead  Energy Dept.  One 50-kilowatt turbine in Melford
2012 Oct 10    •Province Gives Green Light to Pictou Green Energy Project  Energy Dept.  Three 50-kilowatt turbines in Riverton
2012 Oct 03    •Nova Scotia Invests in Future with Energy Scholarship Program  Energy Dept.  Twelve $10,000 and ten $2,500 scholarships
2012 Sep 27   ♦Kaizer Meadow Wind Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2012 Sep 24   •Province Reviews COMFIT Program  Energy Dept.
2012 Sep 21   •Shag Harbour Renewable Energy Project Moves Forward  Energy Dept.  This 3.2 MW (4300 horsepower) wind farm is a CEDIF project
2012 Sep 21   •Wind project coming to Shag Harbour 
2012 Jul 24     ♦Clydesdale Ridge Wind Farm [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2012 Apr 16   •Community Feed-in Tariff Program Announces Sixth Round of Successful Applicants  Energy Dept.
  — 1.99 megawatt large wind project owned by Scotian Wind Inc. in Bucklaw, 16km west of Baddeck, Victoria County
  — Martock Ridge Project - 5.0MW large wind project owned by Scotian Wind Inc. in Three Mile Plains, Hants County
  — 6.0MW large wind project owned by Scotian Wind Inc. in Elmsdale, Halifax Regional Municipality
2012 Mar 27   ♦Pugwash Wind Farm [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2012 Mar 16   ♦Glen Dhu South Wind Power Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2011 Sep 08   ♦Fairmont Wind Farm [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2011 August   •COMFIT: Nova Scotia Community Feed-In Tariff Guide  [45 pages]  Energy Dept.
2011 Jan 10   ♦Hampton Mountain Wind Power Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.
2010 Feb 23   ♦NS Power seeking approval of Point Tupper wind farm investment  NS Power
2010 Jan 21   ♦NS Power awards almost 20 MW of community-based renewable energy  NS Power
2009 Aug 11   ♦Maryvale Wind Project [Decision]  Environment Dept.

                         Also See:  • COMFIT Projects Status List as of January 14, 2015

2015 Jan 11
Sherwood golf course development proposed
Owners plan to build 32 homes nearby
Changes could be on the horizon for  the  Sherwood  Golf  and  Country  Club.
The owners have sent a letter of intent to the Municipality of the District of Chester
explaining their plan to build 32 new homes surrounding the golf course.  The new
development will join the 12 cottages already built on the 325-acre site, but, unlike
the cottages, the new dwellings will be year-round homes.  "The plan is they will
be single family on large lots," said Ged Stonehouse of Stonehouse Golf Group,
who is facilitating the process for the Homburg Group, which owns the course.
The letter of intent states that the  proponents  would  like  to get the
development process  started  as  soon  as  possible  so that
the  first  homes  could  be  sold  by  the  spring  of  2015.
Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Bridgewater

The South Canoe Wind Project is currently under construction
and is expected to be in commercial operation by summer 2015.
102 megawatts = 137 000 horsepower



(This item is of interest here because the Homburg Group, which owns the course, was
one of the parties opposed to the construction of the South Canoe Wind Project in 2013
Appeals  by  Friends  of  South  Canoe  Lake  and Richburg LP Management Inc. and
Homburg Land Bank Corporation Limited of  a  decision  of  Chester  Municipal  Council
dated  March 14, 2013  which  approved   Development  Agreements  with  Nova  Scotia
Power Incorporated,  Minas  Basin  Pulp  and  Power  Limited  and Oxford Frozen Foods
Limited  for  the  construction  and   operation   of  a  102 megawatt  wind  energy  facility
on lands in the South Canoe Lake area,  near  New Russell and New Ross.  The appeals
were dismissed by the Utility and Review Board in a decision dated September 5, 2013.)


                                                        References:
                                       South Canoe Wind Project (WP)
                                    NSCA - Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
                                       UARB - Utility and Review Board
 • UARB - Standard Form Power Purchase Agreement... 2012 NSUARB 49 (CanLII)    May 3, 2012
 • UARB - South Canoe WP - 2013 NSUARB 92 (CanLII)    April 26, 2013
 • UARB - Friends of South Canoe Lake (Re), 2013 NSUARB 175 (CanLII)    September 5, 2013
 • NSCA - South Canoe WP - 2013 NSCA 116 (Unsigned copy - HTML CANLII)  Oct. 15, 2013
 • NSCA - South Canoe WP - 2013 NSCA 134 (Unsigned copy - HTML CANLII)  Nov. 26, 2013
 • UARB - South Canoe WP - 2014 NSUARB 5 (Unsigned copy - HTML CanLII)    Jan. 14, 2014
 • UARB - South Canoe WP - 2014 NSUARB 5 (Signed copy - Archived)    January 14, 2014
 • UARB - South Canoe WP - 2014 NSUARB 5 (Unsigned copy - PDF CANLII)    Jan. 14, 2014
 • NSCA - South Canoe WP - 2014 NSCA 53 (Unsigned copy - HTML CANLII)  June 3, 2014

2015 Jan 09
Nalcor says North Spur
under control
Nalcor Energy says everything is going fine with
their work to  stabilize  the North Spur portion of
the Muskrat Falls  project.   A news release sent
out  Friday  morning,  Jan. 9th,  said  that Gilbert
Newfoundland   and   Labrador  Contracting  will
conduct  stabilization  work  on  the  North Spur,
building  cutoff  walls  and changing  the grading
of  the  land  to  prevent  landslides.   The North
Spur is a  prominent  geological  feature  of the
landscape that juts out into the Churchill River
at  the  Muskrat  Falls  site,  forming  a  partial
natural barrier which will be incorporated into
the  Muskrat  Falls  hydroelectric  dam.
The Labradorian, Happy Valley-Goose Bay



The Muskrat Falls hydroelectric plant
will have  4  generating  units  with a
total   capacity   of   824  megawatts.
824 megawatts = 1,104,000 horsepower

2015 Jan 09
North Spur Stabilization Work Moving Forward
The North Spur is a  1,000m  long,  500m  wide  and 45 to 60m high ridge that connects the
Muskrat Falls rock knoll to the north bank of the lower Churchill River.  When the reservoir is
filled (impounded) for the  Muskrat Falls  hydroelectric generating facility this feature will form
a natural dam and become a major part of the  river  impoundment  system.   The North Spur
is composed of  unconsolidated  mixed  sand  and  marine  silt/clay  sediments.  The depth to
bedrock  underneath  the  Spur  is in the range of 200 to 250m.  The type of clay on the North
Spur is sensitive clay and the design has taken all geotechnical and other factors into account
for the North Spur stabilization work.  Nalcor Energy says everything is proceeding as planned
with their work to stabilize the North Spur portion of the Muskrat Falls project.  "We are moving
forward with the work necessary  to  stabilize  the  North Spur  prior to filling  the Muskrat Falls
reservoir (impoundment)," said Gilbert Bennett, Vice President, Nalcor Energy Lower Churchill
Project.  "We have extensively studied the North Spur and the geotechnical conditions are well
understood."  Gilbert Newfoundland and Labrador Contracting Ltd. will complete the North Spur
stabilization work, including constructing cutoff walls, re-grading the upstream and downstream
slopes of the North Spur, and installing  erosion  protection  on the  upstream  and downstream
shores  of  the  Spur.   Gilbert  Newfoundland  and  Labrador  Contracting  is  a  division  of
Fernand Gilbert ltée.  The company has extensive experience in overburden excavation
and the construction of embankments in northern climates, equivalent to Labrador. 
They have experience working in northern winter climates across Canada...
Heavy Equipment Guide, Vancouver
2015 Jan 09
Nova Scotia Power biomass
project in Cape Breton
raising green concerns
Foresters in northern Nova Scotia are
warning that the wood being burned at
Nova Scotia Power's new biomass boiler
may be green, but the electricity coming
out of it isn't.  The boiler, started by now-
defunct NewPage Port Hawkesbury Corp.
and  sold  to  Nova Scotia Power, opened
during the  summer  of 2013.  Running at
peak capacity, which it is a bit shy of now,
it burns  670,000  green  tonnes  of wood
fibre annually  to  produce  60 megawatts
of electricity.  Allan Eddy, associate deputy
minister  at  the  Natural Resources Depart-
ment, said  the  shakeup  of  the  province's
forest industry  over  the  last  five years has
resulted in a severe decline in the province's
harvesting  capacity.   The   NewPage   Port
Hawkesbury  bankruptcy  and the closure of
Liverpool's Bowater Mersey mill resulted in
a lot of harvesting contractors jumping ship
from the  forest  industry.   He  said  Nova
Scotia  Power   has   an  obligation  to its
ratepayers to get wood fibre as cheaply
as possible.  The cheapest way is to
clear land, not selectively harvest
to improve the lot for the future.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

60 megawatts = 80,000 horsepower
2015 Jan 09
Request for Research
Proposals for 2015/16
Marine Renewable Energy
International Standards
for  Marine  Energy
Conversion Systems
All  legal  entities  validly  incorporated  or
registered in Canada can submit research
proposals.   Such   entities   may   include
companies, utilities, industry associations,
research  associations,  standards  organ-
izations, aboriginal and community groups
and   Canadian   academic   institutions.
Federal government ministries, agencies
and  departments  are  not  eligible
to  submit  proposals...
Marine Renewables Canada
2015 Jan 07
Samson adds Energy to cabinet duties
Although   he   begins   the   New   Year   with   new   cabinet   portfolios,
Cape Breton-Richmond MLA Michel Samson is assuring his constituents that
their needs will remain his top priority.  Already the Minister of Economic and
Rural Development and Tourism and the Minister of Acadian Affairs, Samson
took on the  Energy  and  Communications  Nova  Scotia  (CNS) portfolios on
December 23rd  at  the  request  of  Premier  Stephen McNeil.   The request
came  shortly  after  Dartmouth  East  MLA  Andrew Younger,  the  previous
Energy Minister,  requested  a  leave  of  absence  from  cabinet  to deal with
personal   matters.   Speaking   to   The Reporter   shortly   after  receiving a
two-hour  briefing  from the  Deputy  Minister  of  Energy  on Friday  morning,
January 2nd, Samson said he could not  determine  how long he would retain
the extra cabinet load but  confirmed  that the briefing  addressed  issues that
could arise  "in  the  next  number  of  weeks  and  months"  within the Energy
portfolio.  "Energy is of great interest to us in the Strait area, with the potential
project  at  the  Bear Head  (liquefied  natural  gas)  site  and  the  two (LNG)
projects in Guysborough County.  We'll  certainly  be working  closely with all
of our partners in seeing those projects  move  forward  as well... I'm familiar
with those projects,  and  so  I'm  quite  happy  to be  taking  over an energy
portfolio that will be dealing directly with those proponents."  Samson is also
confident that his government's track record on energy issues will help him
ease into his new position.  As an example, he pointed to a recent meeting
of potential investors in the Bear Head LNG project that included
his participation, as well as that of McNeil and Younger.
The Reporter, Port Hawkesbury

2015 Jan 07
Final touches being done
on Martock Ridge turbines
New wind turbines at Martock Ridge
expected to be operational
by the end of this month
The final wind turbine of three to be constructed for
the  six-megawatt  Martock Ridge Community Wind
Project  was  installed  in  December.  The Martock
Ridge  CWP  is located in  the  Municipality of West
Hants (MOWH), about 7km southeast from Windsor,
in the  Mills  Lake  Watershed  Protected  area  near
Three Mile Plains,   on   a   parcel   of  land  located
in  MOWH  but  owned  by  the   Town  of  Windsor.
Dan  Roscoe,  chief   operating   officer  for  Scotian
WindFields Inc., said the project has moved forward
at a steady pace since the on-site work began in the
spring of 2014, and he's  optimistic  the  final  stages
of  testing  will  soon  be  complete.   "There  are lots
of wires to connect and bolts to tighten on the inside
of   a   piece   of   equipment   like   this,"   he  said.
The  project  is  worth  just  shy  of  $17 million.
The Hants Journal, Windsor

6 megawatts = 8,000 horsepower

The Martock Ridge Community Wind Project
ownership  is  a  partnership  among
Scotian WindFields Inc., (RJSC 3071812),
Scotian Wind Inc. (RJSC 3256775)
and WEB Wind Energy North America Inc.,
(RJSC 3260653), a subsidiary of Austria-based
WEB Windenergie Aktiengesellschaft.
2013 Annual Report [146 pages]
Company history

References:
•  Martock Ridge Community Wind Project
•  Site Map
For better detail, this map graphic can be enlarged
to quadruple size (400%) without pixelation.
2015 Jan 05
South Canoe Delayed,
Expected Ready Near April
It appears the propellers powering the
largest wind farm in the province will
be turning by April.  The South Canoe
Wind Project has been delayed because
of opposition to the project and appeal
hearings which needed to take place
before the Utility and Review Board and
the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.  The
$200 million project is being built about
ten km east of New Ross.  Nova Scotia
Power Spokesperson Bev Ware says the
appeal  process  has  led  to  delays  in
ordering components.  When in operation
the   wind   project   will   mean   about
$700,000   annually     in     increased
revenue for the Municipality of Chester,
located in the eastern half
of Lunenburg County.
CKBW News, Bridgewater
2015 Jan 05
Wind turbine project
set for Isle Madame
One  of  five  projects  across
Nova Scotia for Dartmouth firm
Scotian WindFields Inc.  of  Dartmouth  will
construct a 100-metre [330 feet] wind turbine
on Isle Madame  in Richmond County next
month  as  part  of   several   wind  energy
projects   underway   across  the  province.
Chief  operating  officer  Dan Roscoe said
the 1.99-megawatt turbine  will be located
in Martinique,  behind Richmond County's
engineering   and   public   works  garage.
The height of the turbine tower is compar-
able to a 33-storey building.  Isle Madame
is  believed  to  have  been  named  for
Madame  de  Maintenon,  the second
wife  of  France's  King Louis XIV.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

1.99 megawatts = 2670 horsepower
2015 Jan 07
South Canoe Wind Farm
Progress Report
•  Newlsetter December 2014
At the end of December, 20 turbines
have  been  delivered  to  the  site.
Four cranes are on site assembling
towers   and   turbines.   Five
turbines have been fully erected.
The 138 kV transmission line and
substation have been energized.
The last shipment of blades, hubs
and nacelles is due to arrive from
China the week of January 12-17.
The   manuacture   of   towers   is
continuing in Trenton, Nova Scotia.
•  Site Progress Infographic
South Canoe Wind Project Home Page



The  South  Canoe  Wind  Project  will
have 34 turbines with a total nameplate
generating capacity of 102 megawatts.

102 megawatts = 137,000 horsepower

Nova Scotia Electricity System Review

                                                                                    References:
NS Electricity System Review Summary Report - Emerging Technologies...Market Trends in Supply and Demand  [25 pages]
Electricity Review - Phase One - Technical Studies
                            • Emerging Electricity Technologies in Nova Scotia
                            • Energy Management Working Group Report
                            • Market Trends for the Supply & Demand of Electricity in Nova Scotia  [89 pages]
                            • Regulating Electric Utilities - Discussion Paper... Performance-Based Regulation  [13 pages]
Electricity Review - Phase Two  Energy Dept.  Feedback from the public consultations sessions by location
Report of the Nova Scotia Energy Management Working Group  Energy Dept.


2015 Q1-Q2   2014 Q3-Q4   2014 Q1-Q2   2013   2012   2011   2010

 

2014  Q3-Q4
July - December

2014 Dec 30
South Canoe wind farm project pushed back until April
Completion of the South Canoe wind farm project near New Ross has been officially pushed back to
April.  The initial operating date was January 1, but a Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman said a court
appeals process has delayed construction.  The project has faced several court challenges; the most
recent is an appeal  from  Cape  Breton  Explorations  Inc.,  which  is protesting Nova Scotia Power's
49 per cent  partnership  in the project.   Last year, an appeal brought forward last year by Friends of
South  Canoe  Lake   was  dismissed   by  the  Utility  and  Review  Board  in a  decsison  issued  on
September 5th, 2013.  "Until the  UARB  denied  that  appeal,  the project  proponents couldn't order
components for the  wind  farm  and that meant  that construction couldn't begin at the site, so that's
why the date has been pushed back," said Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman Beverley Ware, who
added that at this point, the owners of the project  won't  have to pay  penalties for the delay.  "The
contract that we have  provides  for  extensions  of time  when you're dealing with issues that are
beyond the parties control, and this municipal appeal would be considered one of those issues." 
Right now, 20 turbines are on site and five have been erected,  but  winter  weather
could  cause  problems  for  construction  crews.
Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Bridgewater


                                                        References:
                                       South Canoe Wind Project (WP)
                                    NSCA - Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
                                       UARB - Utility and Review Board
 • UARB - Standard Form Power Purchase Agreement... 2012 NSUARB 49 (CanLII)    May 3, 2012
 • UARB - South Canoe WP - 2013 NSUARB 92 (CanLII)    April 26, 2013
 • UARB - Friends of South Canoe Lake (Re), 2013 NSUARB 175 (CanLII)    September 5, 2013
 • NSCA - South Canoe WP - 2013 NSCA 116 (Unsigned copy - HTML CANLII)  Oct. 15, 2013
 • NSCA - South Canoe WP - 2013 NSCA 134 (Unsigned copy - HTML CANLII)  Nov. 26, 2013
 • UARB - South Canoe WP - 2014 NSUARB 5 (Unsigned copy - HTML CanLII)    Jan. 14, 2014
 • UARB - South Canoe WP - 2014 NSUARB 5 (Signed copy - Archived)    January 14, 2014
 • UARB - South Canoe WP - 2014 NSUARB 5 (Unsigned copy - PDF CANLII)    Jan. 14, 2014
 • NSCA - South Canoe WP - 2014 NSCA 53 (Unsigned copy - HTML CANLII)  June 3, 2014

2014 Dec 30
Chester: Warden Points
To Renewable Energy As
‘Significant’ Achievement
It was a year of engaging news stories
in Chester.  The municipality had plenty
of public  feedback  on  issues including
the universal  sewer  rate  and  the  future
of the  former  elementary  school  in Gold
River-Western Shore.  However, renewable
energy was the top newsmaker for Warden
Allen Webber.   He takes  pride in having a
large  scale  wind  farm  in the municipality.
He  says,  "After  South Canoe  is up and
running, we'll be in a position to generate
a   million   dollars   annually   outside   of
traditional taxation so, it's a big deal to me
and  it   should   be  to  the  public."   A wind
turbine  also  started  producing  revenue  for
the municipality at the Kaizer Meadow landfill.
CKBW News, Bridgewater
2014 Dec 19
Awards support tidal industry development
Tidal power turbines expected to operate in the Bay of Fundy in 2015
Government is granting  four  awards  that will help tidal energy developers deploy the first turbine
arrays in the Bay of Fundy.  In October 2014, developers at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for
Energy (FORCE) applied to the  Department  of  Energy  to receive  a developmental feed-in tariff,
an established price per kilowatt hour.   The Utility and Review Board set the tariff in 2013, and it is
managed by the Energy Department.  It is designed  to help  developers  test devices, with the goal
of becoming competitive sources of  renewable  energy,  and helping the industry grow and develop
in  Nova  Scotia.    The   tariff   has   attracted   international   investment.    Four   developers   have
received approval under the program for a total of 17.5 megawatts (23,500 horsepower) of electricity:
Minas  Energy, 4 MW (5,360 horsepower),   Black  Rock  Tidal  Power, 5 MW (6,700 horsepower),
Atlantis  Operations  Canada, 4.5 MW (6,030 horsepower) and Cape  Sharp  Tidal  Venture,
4 MW   (5,360  horsepower).    The    approval    allows    the    developers   to   enter
into   a   15-year   power   purchase   agreement   with   Nova   Scotia   Power.
The first turbines are expected to operate in the Bay of Fundy in 2015.
The Citizen Record, Amherst
2014 Dec 23
Nova Scotia Energy
minister takes leave
for ‘personal matters’
Andrew Younger is taking a
leave of absence from cabinet.
Premier Stephen McNeil's office
announced  December  23rd  the
Minister of Energy, Communications
Nova  Scotia  and  Part One  of  the
Gaming   Control   Act   has   asked
for      leave.     Economic     and
Rural    Development   and   Tourism
Minister Michel Samson will take over
Mr. Younger's portfolios temporarily.
Annapolis County Spectator, Annapolis Royal
2014 Dec 19
Awards Support Tidal Industry Development
Government is granting four awards that will help tidal energy developers deploy the first turbine arrays in the Bay of Fundy.
In October 2014, developers at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) applied to the Department of Energy
to receive a  developmental  feed-in  tariff,  an  established  price  per  kilowatt hour.  Four developers have received approval
under the program for a total of 17.5 megawatts (23,500 horsepower) of electricity: Minas  Energy, 4 MW (5,360 horsepower),
Black  Rock  Tidal  Power,  5 MW  (6,700 horsepower),   Atlantis  Operations  Canada,  4.5 MW  (6,030 horsepower)  and
Cape  Sharp  Tidal  Venture,  4 MW  (5,360 horsepower).   The  approval  allows  the  developers  to  enter  into  a  15-year
power purchase agreement with Nova Scotia Power.  The first turbines are expected to operate in the Bay of Fundy in 2015.
N.S. Energy Department media release

Tidal energy projects that will test technologies at FORCE are:
   – Minas Energy, with Siemens (Marine Current Turbines) and Bluewater
   – Black Rock Tidal Power Inc.
   – Atlantis Operations Canada, with Lockheed Martin and Irving Shipbuilding
   – Cape Sharp Tidal Venture (OpenHydro and Emera)
Source: Potential Fifth Berth Announced for FORCE November 4, 2014

2014 Dec 15
Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Report:  October 2014

[45 pages]
This report – which covers the activities for the month of October 2014 –
is prepared by Lower Churchill Management Corporation, the Nalcor
Energy subsidiary responsible for managing the construction of the
Muskrat  Falls   hydroelectric   generating  facility,   the  Labrador
Transmission Assets and the Labrador-Island Transmission Link.

This report provides the monthly update on the following projects
associated with the Muskrat Falls development:
•  the 824 megawatt hydroelectric development at Muskrat Falls
              (the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating facility);
•  two 315 kilovolt High Voltage alternating current (HVac)
              transmission lines between Muskrat Falls and
              Churchill Falls (the Labrador Transmission Assets); and
•  the 1,100 km long High Voltage direct current (HVdc)
              transmission line between Muskrat Falls and
              Soldiers Pond (the Labrador-Island Transmission Link).

Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Generating Facility
Manufacturing of the turbines and generators by Andritz Hydro Canada is proceeding
on schedule.  The first shipment of turbine components, including stay ring, draft tube
liner and circular passage door has arrived in Labrador.  Manufacturing of the primary
anchor  materials for the  intake,  powerhouse  and  spillway  is continuing by Andritz
for  the  supply  and   installation   of  the  powerhouse  hydromechanical  equipment.
All spillway  primary  anchors  have now been  delivered  to site, with placement and
embedment activities ongoing by Astaldi.  Clearing the north and south banks of the
Muskrat Falls reservoir is progressing well and continues to be ahead of schedule.
About 1,125 hectares [11.2 square kilometres] have been cleared to date.

Labrador-Island Transmission Link
Conduit casing installation and preservation on the Newfoundland side of the Strait
of Belle Isle marine cable crossing at Shoal Cove was completed during the period.
The completion  of  the  casing  installation  activities  on  the  Labrador  side of the
crossing at Forteau Point in September  marked  the  completion  of the Horizontal
Directional  Drilling  (HDD)  Program  for  the  Strait of Belle Isle.   The  land  cable
trench  across  the  Shoal Cove Highway  also  was  completed  during the month.
Manufacturing and testing of the  underwater cable is progressing as planned with
the following highlights having occurred: ♦ the first land cable has been completed
and is scheduled for Factory Acceptance Testing in December 2014; ♦ armouring
for the first submarine cable is ongoing; ♦ paper lapping of the second cable was
completed; ♦ conductor stranding for the  third cable is ongoing; and ♦ fibre optic
manufacturing and  testing  of the  third  cable  was completed in Norway during
September and is  awaiting  shipment  to Japan.  Construction  activities on the
HVdc transmission line  connecting  Muskrat Falls to Soldiers Pond commenced
during the period with installation of the  first  tower  foundations.  By the end of
October, six tower foundations were successfully installed.  Right of way (ROW)
clearing and  access  development  for the  HVdc  line is proceeding well with
approximately   580  hectares  [5.8 square kilometres]  cleared  to  date.   Mass
fabrication activities of material for the  HVdc  transmission  line towers are
continuing in Texas, Dubai and India.  The first delivery of this equipment
was transported to the Labrador marshalling yard during the month.



References:

Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Reports
•  November 2014
•  October 2014
•  September 2014
•  August 2014
•  July 2014
•  June 2014
•  May 2014
•  April 2014
•  March 2014
•  February 2014
•  January 2014
•  December 2013

•  Nalcor's Corporate Structure
•  Interactive map of the Labrador-Island Transmission Link

Maritime Link Project Quarterly Newsletter
•  Issue 01 - Summer 2014
•  Issue 02 - Fall 2014

2014 Dec 12
Incandescent bulbs
will burn no more
The era of incandescent light bulbs will soon be
extinguished   forever.   Beginning   January 1st,
60-watt and 40-watt incandescent bulbs will start
to  disappear  from  store  shelves.  The  federal
government began phasing  out  traditional light
bulbs   in   January  2014,   when   75-watt   and
100-watt bulbs  were  no  longer  permitted  to be
supplied to the Canadian market.  The phase-out
of 60-watt and 40-watt bulbs means consumers
will have to rely on  other  types  of lighting, such
as compact  fluorescent  lamps and light-emitting
diodes. The government's new lighting standards
ards are intended  to  improve  energy  efficiency
and reduce  the  greenhouse  gases  that  come
from the  process  of  generating  electricity from
burning fossil fuels such as coal.  Donald Dodge
of Efficiency Nova Scotia said it is  about  time to
flip the switch on incandescents.  "It took us over
130 years to  move  past  the  old  incandescent
light   bulb,"   said   the    non-profit's    business
development  manager.   "That design is virtually
the same as it was when Edison came up with it. 
So   it's   time   to   move   on   to   the
brave  new  world  of  lighting."
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

Comment:
Who invented the electric light bulb?
•  Not Edison! 
2014 Dec 12
Light bulb switch
dim example of ‘efficiency’

The whole business of upgrading and
swapping light bulbs in the name of
"efficiency" looks like a con.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
Finding online copies
of official documents
in the UARB website

2014 Dec 11
Anonymous threatens
Nova Scotia Power
•  CTV News video clip  0:44
2014 Dec 12
Hacker group Anonymous
targets Nova Scotia Power
A group puporting to be members of the
hacker collective Anonymous is warning
Nova Scotia Power to lower its rates and
freeze "kickbacks and bonuses" for CEOs.
In a Youtube video released under the
account name 'anonymous maritimes'
made late Wednesday, December 10th,
the group says it has information about
corruption within the utility company.
The Citizen Record, Amherst
•  YouTube video  3:25
2014 Dec 12
Delayed Start for
South Canoe Wind Project
The South Canoe Wind project won't be ready
on  time.   The 34 wind turbine farm between
Vaughn and New Russell was expected to be
operational  January 1st.   However,  ongoing
court proceedings and a late start to construc-
tion are  being  blamed  for  a  delay.   Warden
Allen Webber says every month that goes by is
lost  revenue   for  the  municipality.   He  says,
"The  annual  revenue  from South Canoe when
its fully operational are in the order of $650,000.
Every  month  they  are  behind,  there
is $75,000 in  delayed  revenue."
CKBW News, Bridgewater
2014 Dec 08
Sable Wind farm on target
A six-turbine wind farm in Guysborough County
that   is   a    partnership    between   the   local
municipality and Nova Scotia Power should be
commercially  operational  by early  next  week,
the  district's  warden  says.  Vernon  Pitts  said
Monday,  October 8th,  that  Sable Wind, which
is  majority  owned  by  the  Municipality  of the
District  of  Guysborough,  is  on   time  and  on
budget.  Nova Scotia Power owns a 49% share
of the  $27-million  project.   Sable Wind  is one
of  two  new  wind  farms  in  the  province  that
have Nova Scotia Power as a  minority partner.
South Canoe, under construction in Lunenburg
County, will become the province's largest wind
farm   but   is  running  behind  schedule.   The
34-turbine project,  slated to be  operational by
January 1,  is now  expected  to  be  commiss-
ioned sometime during the first quarter of 2015.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2014 Dec 05
Deal with Ottawa buys time for N.S.
The province's coal-fired plants will now be able to keep operating into the future
Nova Scotia will be exempt from federal regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-burning power plants that come into
effect in July 2015.  That's largely because Ottawa believes the hydroelectricity to come from the Muskrat Falls project will allow
the province  to  move  away  from  its  dependence  on  coal.   The province  began  negotiating the agreement with the federal
government back in 2009.  The exemption was  granted  under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act because the federal
government agreed that provincial laws could achieve the  same  environmental  benefit  as its  own  regulations,  at  less  cost.
If the exemption  had  not  been  granted,  Nova Scotia Power would  have  been forced to begin shutting down coal-fired power
plants before  the  end  of  their  normal  life  span,  resulting in "stranded costs" (incomplete depreciation cycles) as plants were
prematurely   shut   down,   thus  requiring  additional   investments   in  new  forms  of  power  generation.   It  is  the  first  such
"equivalency"  agreement  Ottawa  has  negotiated  with a province, and  its  duration is  very short.   It  will  begin  in  2015  and
end in 2019.  However, the federal  government  only  consented  to  the  agreement  when the province  decided  to  extend  its
own regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from electricity production as far out as 2030... It is a curious and overlooked fact
that the  Maritime  Link  plays  a  special  part  in this deal... The new deal between the province and Ottawa will allow coal-fired
power plants to keep operating in Nova Scotia  well  into  the  future,  preventing premature investments in new power sources...
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax



Reference:

Order Declaring that the
REDUCTION OF CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS FROM COAL-FIRED GENERATION OF ELECTRICITY REGULATIONS
DO NOT APPLY IN NOVA SCOTIA in order to minimize regulatory duplication and financial burden
for the electricity producer in Nova Scotia by suspending the application of federal regulations
on Greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired electricity generation in Nova Scotia.

Privy Council Number 2014-1268, date 20 November 2014

...His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment,
pursuant to subsection 10(3) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, makes the annexed Order Declaring that
the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal-fired Generation of Electricity Regulations Do Not Apply in Nova Scotia.

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2014 Dec 05
South Canoe's wind farm in Lunenburg County delayed,
but vows to catch up
A Lunenburg County wind farm being built by a pair of prominent Nova Scotia business families
and Nova Scotia Power is running behind schedule, which could mean it has  to  pay  penalties.
The South Canoe wind project, under construction near New Ross, was slated to be operational
by January 1st.  But South Canoe spokeswoman Mary-Frances Lynch said Friday the 34-turbine
wind farm is now  expected  to be completed during the  first quarter  of 2015.  Lynch blamed the
delay on a series of court challenges that stem from Nova Scotia Power's role in the $200-million
venture.  The power company owns a 49% interest in South Canoe, which will be the province's
largest wind farm.  Oxford Frozen Foods and Minas Energy (formerly Minas Basin Pulp & Power)
hold the  remaining  51% stake  in the  102-megawatt  venture.   The  Bragg  and  Jodrey  family
companies, backed by Nova Scotia Power,  were  awarded  a 20-year contract  by the province
in 2012 to  supply  electricity  to the grid for delivery throughout the province.  The decision was
made by an independent renewable electricity administrator, a Massachusetts consultant hired
by the previous New Democrat government.  Other wind farm developers  who lost  out  in the
competitive bid process  cried  foul  over  Nova Scotia Power's  partnership.  The independent
power producers said South Canoe had an unfair advantage because ratepayers are funding
the  electric   company's  share  of the  venture.   The  Utility  and  Review  Board  approved
Nova Scotia Power's $93-million capital project for South Canoe last year.  One developer,
Cape Breton Explorations Inc., has asked  the  courts  to  quash  the regulator's decision.
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal  is  scheduled  to hear the Glace Bay company's case
Wednesday, December 10th, in Halifax.  Meanwhile, the South Canoe partners were
mum Friday on what penalties could be triggered by the wind farm's delay.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

                                                        References:
                                       South Canoe Wind Project (WP)
                                    NSCA - Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
                                       UARB - Utility and Review Board
 • UARB - Standard Form Power Purchase Agreement... 2012 NSUARB 49 (CanLII)    May 3, 2012
 • UARB - South Canoe WP - 2013 NSUARB 92 (CanLII)    April 26, 2013
 • UARB - Friends of South Canoe Lake (Re), 2013 NSUARB 175 (CanLII)    September 5, 2013
 • NSCA - South Canoe WP - 2013 NSCA 116 (Unsigned copy - HTML CANLII)  Oct. 15, 2013
 • NSCA - South Canoe WP - 2013 NSCA 134 (Unsigned copy - HTML CANLII)  Nov. 26, 2013
 • UARB - South Canoe WP - 2014 NSUARB 5 (Unsigned copy - HTML CanLII)    Jan. 14, 2014
 • UARB - South Canoe WP - 2014 NSUARB 5 (Signed copy - Archived)    January 14, 2014
 • UARB - South Canoe WP - 2014 NSUARB 5 (Unsigned copy - PDF CANLII)    Jan. 14, 2014
 • NSCA - South Canoe WP - 2014 NSCA 53 (Unsigned copy - HTML CANLII)  June 3, 2014

2014 Dec 01
Chester still OK with
wind power, though turbine
revenue less than expected
Warden says manufacturer
will handle shortfall
While its wind turbine has produced less electric
energy than expected so far this year, Chester's
warden  says   municipalities   should   consider
what it has  done in  pursuing  alternative  forms
of revenue.  Chester  owns  the Kaizer Meadow
wind turbine.  Revenue  to  date  this fiscal year
is  about   $63,000  short   of  expected  but  has
nonetheless  added   $304,536   to  the munici-
pality's coffers.  "All that really means is we've
not  made  as much money as we intended to,"
said   Allen   Webber.   "It's  still   good  money."
And Chester won't lose out because the maker
of  the  turbine,   Germany's   Enercon,   has  a
performance guarantee that means it will make
up  for  the  shortfall,  expected to  be  between
$20,000 and $50,000.  "We paid a premium for
that type of guarantee," Webber said.  Chester
has  also  agreed  to  install  a  device  on  the
turbine at a cost of about $650 that will send a
text message when it loses power.  Currently,
the municipality only knows the turbine isn't
working if someone  logs  onto  a computer
program, meaning turbine downtime can
be needlessly prolonged.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2014 Dec 03
New equipment expected to alert officials when turbine not turning
About $308,000 revenue produced so far, January through October
Kaizer Meadow project was not operating 730 hours over six months
A "callout box" will be installed at the Kaizer Meadow wind turbine to alert municipal workers when the
turbine is not turning.  The Municipality of Chester (MODC)  council  voted in favour of  purchasing the
equipment at its last council meeting after  Chris Peters  of  Minas Energy  explained in a presentation
that municipal workers  do not  know whether the turbine is generating electricity unless there is visual
inspection.  "I can't  think  of  anything  else to do.  I mean, that calls our people to notify that it's down
and then  after  that  we  have  to  start  nagging  Nova Scotia Power  to  get  out and fix whatever the
problem is," said Andre Veinotte, councillor for District 1, who had urged at previous council meetings
that the operations of the turbine thus far be clarified.  Mr. Peters presented an overview to council of
the turbine's functioning, which saw  lower-than-expected  production and revenue  generation in the
summer.  Those figures, however,  were  higher  than  expected  in May  and October.  In fact, at the
previous council meeting A. Stephen Graham, director of finance, informed council  that  revenue for
October  alone  topped  $60,000.  There were, however, approximately  730 hours  during  which the
turbine was not working, which works out to  30 days  in  the  last six months.  As of October 31, the
turbine has  produced  more  than  2.8 million kilowatt hours  of renewable energy.  In any 12-month
period, according to the report, the  turbine  is expected  to  produce  over  5 million  kilowatt hours. 
Kaizer Meadow wind turbine has five months left to reach that figure.  Revenue produced so far,
at a power purchase rate of 13.1 cents for every kilowatt hour, has been about $308,000.
Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Bridgewater
2014 Dec 01
Muskrat Falls project
on time and budget,
Nalcor says
The Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project remains
on  time  and  the  price  tag  is  still  pegged  at
almost $7 billion by Nalcor Energy.  Nalcor CEO
Ed Martin says the project is still on track to start
producing power by the end of 2017 and the cost
of the  project  in  Labrador  remains  unchanged
from updated  estimates  released  this  summer.
The joint  project  with  Nova Scotia utility Emera
will bring power from Muskrat Falls to the island
of  Newfoundland   and   on  to   Nova  Scotia
through a system of overland transmission
lines and underwater cables.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2014 Dec 01
Muskrat Falls hydroelectric
project on time and on budget:
Nalcor Energy
The Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project remains
on  time  and  the  price  tag  is  still  pegged  at
almost $7 billion by Nalcor Energy.  Nalcor CEO
Ed Martin says the project is still on track to start
producing power by the end of 2017 and the cost
of the  project  in  Labrador  remains  unchanged
from updated  estimates  released  this  summer.
The total cost  estimate  for the project stands at
about    $8.5  billion,    with    Emera    spending
$1.5 billion on the underwater cable – known as
the Maritime Link – that will be used to transmit
electricity from the dam in central Labrador.
The Telegram, St. John's
2014 Nov 26
Local benefits deal inked
for Maritime Link project
Emera Inc. has signed a deal with the Nova
Scotia   and   Newfoundland   &   Labrador
governments aimed at helping companies
in  the  two  provinces  land  work  on  the
Maritime Link project.  The industrial and
employment  benefits  deal  was  signed
Wednesday,   November  26th,   in
Newfoundland, where a groundbreaking
ceremony  was  held  for the  $1.5-billion
Maritime    Link.    The    170-kilometre
underwater   connection   across   Cabot
Strait – to  be  made  by  two  high-voltage
cables, one positive and the other negative,
between  Newfoundland  and  Cape Breton
– is part of the $8.5-billion Muskrat Falls
hydroelectric project in Labrador.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2014 Nov 26
Benefits deal for
Newfoundland, Nova Scotia
in effect for Maritime Link
An agreement has taken effect that aims to
ensure  that  businesses  and  residents  of
Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador
benefit from economic opportunities assoc-
iated with the construction of the Maritime
Link.    The   170-kilometre   underwater
connection  across  Cabot  Strait  –  to  be
made  by   two   high-voltage  cables,  one
positive  and  the  other  negative,  between
Newfoundland and Cape Breton – is part of
the $8.5-billion Muskrat Falls hydroelectric
project  in  Labrador.   There  are  already
about 200 people working on the project.
The Telegram, St. John's
2014 Nov 30
South Canoe Wind Farm

•  South Canoe Wind Farm
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•  South Canoe Wind Farm
Progress Infographic
November 28, 2014


•  South Canoe Wind Farm
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2014 Nov 26
Maritime Link Benefits Agreement
Creates Local Economic, Employment Opportunities
A first for Atlantic Canada, demonstrating the importance of regional cooperation
The governments of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador, and NSP Maritime Link Inc.,
a subsidiary of Emera, took part in a ground-breaking ceremony today, November 26th, for the
start of construction of the Maritime Link project.  Nova Scotia Energy Minister Andrew Younger,
Newfoundland & Labrador Minister of Natural Resources Derrick Dalley, and Chris Huskilson,
president   and   CEO   of  Emera,   attended   the   ceremony   at  the  Bottom  Brook,  N.L.,
construction  site  and  also  signed  an  industrial  and  employment  benefits  agreement
for   the   Maritime   Link    Project.    The   agreement   is   based   on   terms   in   the
interprovincial Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two provinces in late 2011.
N.S. Energy Department press release
•  MOU - Memorandum of Understanding

References:
•  Maritime Link Benefits Agreement Creates Local Economic and Employment Opportunities
Emera Newfoundland & Labrador press release    November 26, 2014
•  (1) Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador Finalize Benefits Memorandum
N.S. Government press release (traditional press release)    November 22, 2011
•  (2) Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador Finalize Benefits Memorandum
N.S. Government press release (social media version of this release with Hi-res)   Nov. 28, 2011
•  Statement from the Government of Canada, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
and the Government of Nova Scotia on the Lower Churchill Project

Natural Resources Canada press release    November 28, 2011
•  MOU for Business and Employment Benefits...Development of Muskrat Falls
N.L. Government press release    November 28, 2011
•  Lower Churchill Construction Projects Benefits Strategy
[12 pages]    N.L. Government    no date
•  Benefits Strategy for Lower Churchill Construction Projects Ensures Opportunities
for the People of Newfoundland and Labrador

N.L. Natural Resources Department    July 14, 2010
•  Background Information
Nalcor Energy    November 18, 2010

2014 Nov 26
Maritime Link Benefits
Agreement Creates
Local Economic and
Employment Opportunities
The governments  of  Newfoundland & Labrador
and Nova Scotia, and NSP Maritime Link Inc., a
subsidiary  of  Emera,   today   participated  in a
ground-breaking ceremony at the Bottom Brook
construction  site  in  Newfoundland & Labrador
to recognize  the   start   of  construction  of  the
Maritime  Link  Project.  The  Maritime  Link  is a
500 MW high voltage direct current transmission
project bringing energy from the Lower Churchill
project  at  Muskrat  Falls  to  Nova  Scotia.  The
Project  will  include   two   170 km   underwater
cables  across  the   Cabot  Strait,   with  almost
50 km of overland transmission in Nova Scotia
and  close   to   another  300 km  of  overland
transmission on the island of Newfoundland.
Emera Newfoundland & Labrador
2014 Nov 25
Ceremony in western
Newfoundland for
Maritime Link subsea cable
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Wednes-
day,  November 26th,   in  western  Newfoundland
for   the   Maritime Link  project.  Newfoundland &
Labrador   Natural   Resources  Minister   Derrick
Dalley and  Nova Scotia  Energy Minister Andrew
Younger will  attend  the  event  in  Bottom Brook,
about   an   hour's   drive   west   of   Deer  Lake.
Two   170-kilometre    underwater    cables    will
connect Newfoundland with Cape Breton as part
of  the  $8.5-billion  Muskrat  Falls   hydroelectric
project in Labrador, expected to start generating
power in 2017.  Nova Scotia utility company
Emera is spending $1.5 billion on the Link.
The Telegram, St. John's
2014 Nov 25
Groundbreaking ceremony in
western Newfoundland for
Maritime Link subsea cable
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Wednes-
day,  November 26th,   in  western  Newfoundland
for   the   Maritime Link  project.  Newfoundland &
Labrador   Natural   Resources  Minister   Derrick
Dalley and  Nova Scotia  Energy Minister Andrew
Younger will  attend  the  event  in  Bottom Brook,
about   an   hour's   drive   west   of   Deer  Lake.
Chris Huskilson,  president  and CEO  of Emera,
will  also  be  in  attendance.   The 170-kilometre
underwater   connection   across   Cabot  Strait
– to be made  by  two  high-voltage  cables, one
positive   and  the  other   negative,   between
Newfoundland     and     Cape   Breton  –  is
part   of   the   $8.5-billion   Muskrat  Falls
hydroelectric project in Labrador.
Cape Breton Post, Sydney
2014 Nov 25
N.S. officials to attend
N.L. groundbreaking ceremony
for Maritime Link
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held tomorrow
in  western  Newfoundland  for  the  Maritime  Link
project.   Two   170-kilometre   underwater  cables
across  Cabot  Strait  will  connect  Newfoundland
with  Cape  Breton   as  part   of   the   $8.5-billion
Muskrat  Falls  hydroelectric  project  in  Labrador.
Newfoundland and  Labrador  Natural Resources
Minister Derrick Dalley  and  Nova Scotia Energy
Minister Andrew Younger  will  attend the event in
Bottom Brook, about an hour's drive west of Deer
Lake.   Chris  Huskilson,  president  and CEO
of  Emera,  will  also  be  in  attendance.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2014 Nov 25
Residential Power Bills
Will Not Go Down
02:40 - 03:40
CBC News - Halifax at Six
Nova Scotia - November 25, 2014
2014 Nov 25
Board denies power rate
relief to users in 2015
Residential  electricity  users  won't get the rate
relief next year that the Liberal government had
planned because of Nova Scotia Power's nearly
$100-million  unpaid  fuel  bill.  The Nova Scotia
Utility   and   Review   Board    ruled    Tuesday,
November 25th, that  customers  should  begin
paying   the   power    company's    outstanding
$96-million fuel bill in 2015. This extra fuel cost
was due  to  higher  than  expected  natural gas
prices the  past  two  years.  The  province  and
Nova Scotia Power  had  argued  that  payment
should be delayed until 2016.  That would have
allowed  customers  to benefit  from a  one-time
windfall  of  $53 million  created by government
restructuring of electricity  efficiency earlier this
year.  But  customer  representatives  asserted
that the conservation amount that's now on all
power bills should be directed  toward the fuel
cost  instead,  starting  in  the  new year.  In a
written  decision the regulator  agreed that it
was reasonable not to delay the bill payment.
The move will avoid an additional $7.5 million
in interest cost that would have been charged
to electricity consumers next year.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2014 Nov 25
NSP fuel bill issue
just the latest disappointment
for taxpayers
It would have been nice to get a break on power
rates, but only if it offered real relief. Nova Scotia
Power Inc.,  however,  has been carrying around
a  receivable   in  its   back   pocket,   a  fuel  bill
amounting  to about  $96 million  that  electricity
consumers  are   required   to  pay.   Putting  off
paying down that  debt  means the utility will add
carrying charges to that amount, estimated to be
an additional $7.5 million, if the bill is put off until
2016.   How   did   this   happen?   Nova  Scotia
Power's fuel costs were higher than anticipated
over the last two years, and the amount consu-
mers paid on  their  bills  –  under  electric  rates
set three years ago – was  not  enough  to cover
the company's  full  fuel  costs.   The  governing 
Liberals, however, had already promised to offer
some power  bill  relief  to electricity  consumers,
beginning next year.  The government planned
to  achieve  this   by   removing   the  cost  of
supporting  Efficiency  Nova  Scotia  Corp.,
a saving of about $53 million...
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2014 Nov 25
EDITORIAL: Fake power-rate
cut rightly quashed
All the customer advocates said rates should
stay at 2014 levels in 2015 (or rise slightly for
industrial  customers),   and   the  $53 million
should be redirected to paying fuel expenses,
so the $100-million deferral is paid off in two
years.  The URB agreed this was the reason-
able  way  for  customers  to  minimize  their
overall  electricity  costs.   It  also  made  the
payback easier by knocking $33.3 million off
the  deferral  bill.  NSPI  exceeded  its 2014
regulated  earnings  by this amount because
of savings  in other  areas.  The government
had  pressed  the board to  recognize it was
government policy to use the $53 million to
reduce rates in 2015.  But since the policy
wasn't a law or a regulation, the board said
its job was to go with the best interest of
electricity consumers.  In this case, not
letting fuel bills pile up and accumulate
interest    was    best    for   consumers.
Every customer  class  recognized  this.
None supported the government position.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2014 November 22
Free tour of the South Canoe Wind Farm Site
Open to the public
Saturday, November 22  1-4pm

Everyone will meet at 1pm in the parking lot at
New Ross Consolidated School, 4689 Highway 12
2312 New Russell Road, the entrance to the South Canoe Wind Project,
and head out from there on buses.

The Site Entrance is located about 15 minutes east from the Cross in New Ross
and about 15 minutes west from Lakeside Variety in Upper Vaughan.

This will be a great opportunity for you to view
turbine components and the construction progress.

So they can plan ahead, please RSVP before Nov 14
to  rsvp@southcanoewind.com  or  (902) 684-1104.


For more information on the event, please see:
•  Poster, Public Site Tour – South Canoe Wind Farm
•  South Canoe Wind Project Construction Progress
•  Site Progress Infographic – October 2014
•  South Canoe Wind Project Home Page

If you have any questions, please call (902) 684-1104.

South Canoe Wind Project




FAQs
When it goes into commercial operation (expected early in January)
South Canoe will be Nova Scotia's largest Wind Farm.

•  34 turbines
•  102 megawatts total nameplate capacity
               Ownership:
•  24 MW  Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company Limited
•  78 MW  Oxford Frozen Foods Limited
•  NS Power Inc. (49%)
•  UARB Approval - April 26, 2013
    Capital Expenditure $93,091,536 for the South Canoe Wind Project
              § 2.1   The Project
              § 2.3   Related Projects for Later Approval
                            § 6.2.1   Energy Output


References:
•  Chester municipality proceeds with wind energy policy April 29, 2014
•  ACCIONA Awarded Deal For 102 MW Wind Project In Nova Scotia December 20, 2013
•  DSME to build 34 towers for planned wind farm December 20, 2013
•  DSTN producing wind towers for South Canoe Wind Farm in Lunenburg County Dec. 20, 2013
•  (1) DSTN Announces New Wind Tower Order for Nova Scotia December 20, 2013
•  (2) DSTN Announces New Wind Tower Order for Nova Scotia December 20, 2013
•  $200M NS wind project gets green light March 15, 2013
•  Nova Scotia Companies Pleased with Wind Project Approval March 14, 2013
•  Wind farm winners announced August 2, 2012
•  New Renewable Projects Provide Jobs and Investment August 2, 2012
•  Province Celebrates DSTN Grand Opening June 14, 2011

2014 Nov 21
A debate about security
Our electrical grids should be
expanded to permit increased
reliance  on  wind,  geothermal,
solar, tidal and other renewable
sources  of  energy.
Without  substantial  changes in the way we
approach resource use,  global  supplies  will
become increasingly constrained and conten-
tious.   Rather   than   employ   increasingly
desperate measures to extract what remains
of the world's non-renewable resources, we
must conserve what is left and develop new
materials that are renewable, versatile, and
fully recyclable.  The  first  priority  is to shift
investment to improved  resource efficiency.
By   substantially   increasing   the   energy
efficiency of our cars, homes, offices, and
factories,  we  can  sharply  reduce our
need for oil, coal, and natural gas...
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2014 Nov 22
Nova Scotia Power pays
most for air pollution
Nova Scotia's biggest air polluters have been
issued their bills from the province for sending
chemicals into the  atmosphere.  At the top of
the  list  is  Nova  Scotia  Power,  which  owes
Nova Scotia's industrial air emissions program
$625,768.32  in   fees,   according   to   figures
supplied by the  province  for the 2013-14 year. 
The fees mostly stem from the utility's reliance
on coal.  In  provincial  regulations  regarding
industrial   air   emission   fees,   there   is   a
list of chemicals that are subject to fees. Some
examples are  sulphur dioxide,  sulphuric acid,
hydrochloric acid,  biphenyl,  ammonia, carbon
monoxide,  phosphorus,  cobalt  and benzene.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2014 Nov 21
Quick power rate relief unlikely
Regulator says payment of $96M in
NSP fuel costs next year
will be hard to avoid
The Liberal government's wish to give residential
electric ratepayers  a bigger break on power bills
in 2015 may not be in the cards, the chairman of
the provincial  regulator  says.  The  board  chair
reserved  decision  on the question of when and
how   ratepayers    should    cover    the   power
company's  $96 million  in  fuel  costs.  A written
decision is expected next week.  The bill stems
from higher than expected natural gas costs
over the past two years.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2014 Nov 21
What Happened to the
McNeil Government's Promise
to Reduce Power Rates?
06:45 - 09:08
CBC News - Halifax at Six
Nova Scotia - November 21, 2014
2014 Nov 21
Fundy Tidal closes deal
with Ontario firm
Fundy Tidal Inc. of Westport, Digby County, said
today has closed its deal with Tribute Resources
Inc.,   which   sees   the   Ontario-based  energy
company invest $597,750 to buy a ten per cent
minority  interest  in  Fundy Tidal.  The London,
Ontario,  company  plans  to purchase a further
ten per cent.  Tribute is  making  the  investment
through its wholly owned subsidiary International
Marine  Energy  Inc (IME).   The   purchase   of
398,500  Fundy  Tidal   shares  was  announced
Nov. 6th during the International Conference on
Ocean Energy in Halifax.  IME and Fundy are
developing the 1.95 megawatt small-scale
tidal COMFIT project in Digby Gut.
Digby County Courier, Digby

1.95 megawatts = 2610 horsepower
Finding online copies
of official documents
in the UARB website

2014 Nov 17
Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Report:  September 2014

[51 pages]
This report – which covers the activities for the month of September 2014 –
is prepared by Lower Churchill Management Corporation, the Nalcor
Energy subsidiary responsible for managing the construction of the
Muskrat  Falls   hydroelectric   generating  facility,   the  Labrador
Transmission Assets and the Labrador-Island Transmission Link.

This report provides the monthly update on the following projects
associated with the Muskrat Falls development:
•  the 824 megawatt hydroelectric development at Muskrat Falls
              (the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating facility);
•  two 315 kilovolt High Voltage alternating current (HVac)
              transmission lines between Muskrat Falls and
              Churchill Falls (the Labrador Transmission Assets); and
•  the 1,100 km long High Voltage direct current (HVdc)
              transmission line between Muskrat Falls and
              Soldiers Pond (the Labrador-Island Transmission Link).

Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Generating Facility
Foundation preparation, formwork and reinforcing activities continued for intakes
3 and 4.  Concrete placement  has been  completed  for six of nine blocks for the
spillway  base  slab.  Foundation  preparation,  installation,  formwork  and rebar
placement continued in all other areas.  Erection of the Integrated Cover System
structural steel  continued  during the month at the powerhouse, intake and south
service bay.  Installation of exterior insulation and steel cladding has commenced.
Manufacturing  of  the   turbines  and  generators   by   Andritz  Hydro  Canada  is
proceeding on schedule.  The first shipment of turbine components, including stay
ring, draft tube liner and circular passage door has been shipped from China and
is scheduled for arrival in Labrador in October 2014.  Manufacturing of the primary
anchor materials for the intake,  powerhouse  and spillway is continuing by Andritz
for the supply and  installation  of the  powerhouse  hydro-mechanical  equipment.
All spillway primary anchors have now been delivered to site, with placement and
embedment activities ongoing by Astaldi.  Clearing  the north and south banks  of
the  Muskrat Falls  reservoir  is  progressing  well  and continues to be  ahead of
schedule.  About 1,100 hectares [11 square kilometres] have been cleared to date.

Labrador-Island Transmission Link
With horizontal directional drilling completed on the six boreholes required for the
Strait of Belle Isle  marine  crossing,  a new  component  of work took place in the
Strait in  September.  During the  first  week of  September,  the  Skandi Inspector,
a vessel from  Norway,  arrived  in Forteau  to support borehole casing installation
and perform survey work.   At the end of  September, casing was completed on all
three of the holes on the  Labrador  side.  Casing  is a  process  which  provides a
smooth surface for the HVdc cable pull-in during cable installation, thus helping to
ensure the integrity of the holes and cables.  A barge will be used to move the drill
rig to the Shoal Cove side to case the three remaining boreholes on the Newfound-
land side.  The casings used in this project are the longest casings completed
to date for the landfall of underwater power cables in the world.
  Manufacturing
and  testing   of   the   underwater   cable   in   Japan   is   progressing   as  planned.
The  manufacturing  and  testing  of  the  third  fibre  optic  cable  was  completed in
Norway  during  September  and is  scheduled  for  shipment  to  Japan  where the
fibre optic  cable  will  be  integrated  with  the  power cable.   Preparations are in
progress for longitudinal armouring of the first land cable and double armouring
of the first  underwater  cable.   Stranding  for the second cable was
completed and preparations for paper lapping are ongoing.



References:

Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Reports
•  October 2014
•  September 2014
•  August 2014
•  July 2014
•  June 2014
•  May 2014
•  April 2014
•  March 2014
•  February 2014
•  January 2014
•  December 2013
•  November 2013

•  Nalcor's Corporate Structure
•  Interactive map of the Labrador-Island Transmission Link

Maritime Link Project Quarterly Newsletter
•  Issue 01 - Summer 2014
•  Issue 02 - Fall 2014

2014 Nov 13
NECBC Energy Trade
& Technology Conference
New England - Canada Business Conference
Energy Trade & Technology Conference is
one of the major annual North American
energy events.  This annual meeting brings
together leading industry and government
leaders to assess opportunities and challenges
facing New England and Eastern Canada. 
The theme of the 2014 conference
is: "U.S.-Canada Energy – A Time
For Action: The Cost and Impact of
Energy Infrastructure Delays on the
Northeast Economy."
2014 Nov 16
Tidal turbine developer
to visit Digby
A tidal  turbine  developer with plans to install
a tidal array in the Bay of Fundy  next  year will
visit  Digby  this month for a closer look at Nova
Scotia's port of choice for tidal turbine servicing. 
OpenHydro  of  Ireland  announced  at an inter-
national  ocean  energy  conference in Halifax
earlier this month  that  it  has  partnered  with
Emera,  the parent  company  of Nova Scotia
Power, on a project called Cape Sharp Tidal.
The initial test project will generate four MW,
but the ultimate goal is to install a 300-MW
commercial  tidal  array.   OpenHydro also
announced   that   Irving  Shipbuilding  in
Dartmouth  will  build two two-megawatt
turbines  for  the  test  array.
Digby County Courier, Digby

4 megawatts = 5,400 horsepower
300 megawatts = 402,000 horsepower

2014 Nov 07
Arthur blows hole in profit
of Nova Scotia Power, Emera
Post-tropical storm Arthur, which cost Nova Scotia
Power about $10.5 million to clean up, has had an
impact on Emera Inc.'s  bottom line.   Nova Scotia
Power's parent company said Friday, Nov. 7th, the
subsidiary's  third-quarter  profit  was  down 24%.
NSP had net  income  of  $10.9 million  during the
three-month period ending September 30th.  The
amount was $14.4 million during the same period
of  2013.   The  $3.5-million  reduction  in Q3 net
income is said to be primarily due to storm costs.
The July 5th storm left about 245,000 customers
without  electricity.   It  took  a  week  for  power
to  be  restored  to  all  customers.   An Emera
spokesperson said about half of the estimated
$10.5-million price tag for storm repairs was
expensed during the quarter.  The other
half  was  capital  costs  that  will be
amortized  over  time,  she said.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2014 Nov 08
OpenHydro, Emera partnership aims for 300MW tidal array
Cape Sharp Tidal Venture Limited
Incorporated 13 May 2014, RJSC Registry ID 3280857
OpenHydro  and  Emera  have  ambitious  future plans  for  tidal  energy  in Nova Scotia.
The two companies have launched a new joint venture business called Cape Sharp Tidal
to deploy a fully grid-connected  four  megawatt tidal array in the Bay of Fundy next year.
The project has the potential  to be  one  of  the  world's  first  multi-megawatt  arrays of
interconnected   tidal   turbines,   providing  electric  energy  to  the  Nova  Scotia  grid.
The project will move forward in phases, subject to required approvals, with the ultimate
goal  of  developing  up  to  a   300-megawatt   commercial  tidal  array.   The creation of
Cape Sharp Tidal  was announced this week at the Nov. 4-6 International Conference on
Ocean Energy  in  Halifax.   "We learned a lot from our  inaugural  tidal deployment in the
Bay of Fundy  back  in  2009,  and we're  looking  forward  to taking  this next  step,"  said
Chris Huskilson, president and CEO of Emera, the parent company of Nova Scotia Power.
Digby County Courier, Digby

4 megawatts = 5,400 horsepower
300 megawatts = 402,000 horsepower

References:
•  Tide Chart – Cape Sharp, Nova Scotia
•  (1) OpenHydro and Emera launch Cape Sharp Tidal...tidal energy projects in the Bay of Fundy
•  (2) OpenHydro and Emera launch Cape Sharp Tidal...tidal energy projects in the Bay of Fundy
•  (3) OpenHydro and Emera launch Cape Sharp Tidal...tidal energy projects in the Bay of Fundy

2014 Nov 06
Electricity price increases
needed to power reliable system
for future generations
The average household
in Canada spends about
$4 per day for electricity
Are we getting value for the money we pay for
electricity?  Do we even have a framework for
judging  the   value-for-money   proposition  of
electricity?  Given electricity's indispensability,
the need to maintain a vast complex system
and   our   obligation   to   provide   reliable
power  to  our   children,   applying  a
value  test  seems  appropriate.
Financial Post
2014 Nov 07
Tidal turbine manufacturers from France visit Digby
Three businessmen from France visited Digby to see for themselves why
this is the Nova Scotia port of choice for servicing tidal energy devices
Jean-Francois Simon,  the  CEO  of  HydroQuest,  Guillaume Gréau,  head of business development
in marine renewable energies at Construction Mecanique de Normandie (CMN) and Jean-Paul Aubert,
commercial manager at CMN spent the day, November 7th, in the Digby area to get the lay of the land,
after  spending  the  week   at   the   International  Conference  on  Ocean  Energy  (ICOE)  in  Halifax.
"The Bay of Fundy is one of 15 or so megasites in the world with some of the strongest currents found
anywhere," said Simon at the start  of their visit, while  viewing  Digby Gut  from  the  Saint John  ferry
terminal on  Shore Road  just  outside  Digby town.  "We are interested in what's happening here and
installing a test farm here."  The Digby Gut is one  of  the  sites  where  Fundy Tidal  has  approval to
install  small-scale  tidal turbines  under  Nova Scotia's Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) program.
"We can't manufacture a turbine in France and then transport it over here, the devices are much too
heavy," Gréau  said.   "So we're looking for partners."  Denis Trottier, a  trade commissioner with the
Canadian Embassy  in  France, arranged the visit at meetings at the ICOE with Terry Thibodeau, the
renewable  energy  coordinator  with the  Municipality of the District of Digby.  HydroQuest is a hydro-
kinetic turbine manufacturer and installer and CMN is a shipyard employing 400 people in Cherbourg,
France on the  English Channel.   The two  companies  are  part  of a  partnership working on a pilot
tidal  energy  farm  near  Cherbourg.   Thibodeau  showed  the  visitors  the  Fundy  Tidal  sites
in  the  Petit  and  Grand  Passages  between  Digby  Neck,  Long  Island  and  Brier  Island.
Digby County Courier, Digby
2014 Nov 04
Race for Tidal Power
International Energy Conference
in Halifax
Fifth company wants to test
tidal turbine
•  CBC News video clip  10:26-12:58



Reference:
•  Marine Renewables Canada

2014 Nov 04
Nova Scotia in talks
with Irish firm to expand
tidal research centre
The Nova Scotia government is in talks with
an Irish firm about adding another berth at a
tidal energy research centre in the province.
Energy   Minister   Andrew   Younger   says
DP Energy of County Cork, Ireland, is inter-
ested  in   installing   a   4.5-megawatt   tidal
stream demonstration power plant.  It would
be located  at  the  test  site  for  the Fundy
Ocean  Research  Centre  for  Energy
(FORCE)  near  Parrsboro.
ATV News

4.5 megawatts = 6,000 horsepower

2014 Nov 04
Powerful tides
draw the world
to Parrsboro
The world's most powerful tides
brought people from around the
world to Parrsboro this week, as
delegates from the International
Conference on Offshore Energy
gathered in Cumberland County.
Four  busloads  of people from Europe,
Asia and other parts of the globe spent
the day in Parrsboro, focusing on the
offshore tidal energy developments
in  the  Minas  Passage.
Annapolis County Spectator, Annapolis Royal

2014 Nov 04
Digby County touted
at tidal energy event
As international leaders in marine renewable
energy  gather  in   Halifax   this  week,  civic
leaders from Digby County are among them,
hosting meetings to promote  Digby  and the
region of Clare as Canada's top location for
tidal   energy   support   and   development.
This week's  event  at the  World Trade and
Convention  Centre   is  the   first   time  the
International Conference  of  Ocean Energy
has been held  outside  Europe.  The three-
day international conference has been held
every   two  years   since  2006.  The event
has   attracted   more   than  600 delegates,
120 exhibitors and more than 200 speakers.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2014 Nov 04
Kaizer Meadows wind turbine revenues underwhelming
We can't hire anybody to do it.  It has to be Nova Scotia Power.
It was a nice  summer  for the Municipality of Chester,  but it  could  have  been  windier.  According
According to A. Stephen Graham, director of finance, by the wind turbine owned by the municipality
and  located  near  the  Kaizer Meadow  Environmental  Management  Centre  had  generated  just
33% of the forecasted annual revenue as of the six-month point of the fiscal year. One might think
that 50% of the  revenue  should  be  earned  halfway  through the year, but the wind doesn't blow
consistently each  month,  or even  each  season.  The expectation  is that  the fall,  traditionally a
windier  period  than  the summer,  will have  more wind and,  therefore,  produce  more  revenue.
And the turbine isn't a stranger to bad luck, Mr. Graham explained.  It was struck by lightning this
past summer and knocked off-line due to a number of power outages, including the one caused
by hurricane Arthur in July.  Getting the turbine back on-line  isn't  a simple matter, although it is
a simple fix.  "It's actually just a fuse or a switch... It's actually a fairly simple process but it has
to be  done  by  a  Nova Scotia Power  employee," said Mr. Graham.  But getting one turbine
hooked back into the grid isn't as important as getting the power back on in multiple homes. 
"We're  low  on  the  priority  list for  getting  reconnected.   Wev can't  do  that  ourselves. 
We  can't  hire  anybody  to  do  it.   It  has  to  be  Nova  Scotia  Power."
Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Bridgewater
2014 Oct 31
Stakeholders ponder
Fundy's future
Everybody fishes
in the Bay of Fundy

Trying to find a balance between
the  potential  of  tidal  energy  in
the Bay of Fundy and the region's
valuable  seafood  industry.
A  very,  very  conservative  estimate
of the  amount  of  power  that  we could
reasonably harness on a commercial basis
from the Bay of Fundy is 3,000 megawatts.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

3,000 megawatts = 4,000,000 horsepower

2014 Nov 03
Digby-area municipalities say
benefits of community energy
authority ‘outweigh risks’
Fundy Tidal Inc. is going to have
a helping hand to get electricity
ashore – and sold – from its
Digby Gut tidal power turbine.
The company plans to install the turbine next fall,
the first  of  three  planned  developments  in the
county.   But  it  needs  underwater  high-voltage
cables   to  get  the   power   ashore,  and  other
infrastructure   as    well.    Local   municipalities,
which  have  become  strong  advocates  of tidal
power,  are  stepping  up.  The  municipalities of
Digby  and  Clare and the town of Digby are well
on their way to establishing a community energy
trust  to  invest  in  research,   development  and
commercial  infrastructure   for  tidal  power  and
community  energy  systems  development in the
county.   A  year  ago,  the  municipal   units  and
Fundy Tidal (FTI) decided to establish the energy
trust, and began the first phase – a study on how
such   a  trust   could   be   set   up.   The   study,
completed and  presented  last week to town and
Digby  municipality,  recommends  the  establish-
ment  of a   Digby-Clare   Energy   Authority.  The
study will be presented this week to Clare council,
and the authority is then expected to be created
very   quickly,   said   Ben  Cleveland,
Mayor of the Town of Digby.
Digby County Courier, Digby

Reference:
•  Clare Energy Concept  (3 parts)

2014 Nov 04
Irish firm DP Energy
wants to test tidal technology
in Bay of Fundy
Nova Scotia hopes to make room for another
player  in  the  tidal  pool.   Energy  Minister
Andrew   Younger   told   the   International
Conference on Ocean Energy in Halifax on
Tuesday,  November 4th,   that   he   is   in
discussions   with   DP Energy  to  create a
space for the company to test its technology
at the  Fundy  Ocean  Research  Centre  for
Energy (FORCE)  tidal  turbine  test  site off
Parrsboro.  The  Irish  company  was one of
the  bidders  for a berth at FORCE last year,
Younger  said.   There  are   currently  four
berths held  by  four  groups: Black Rock
Tidal Power Inc.
(owned by Schottel of
Germany), including Tidal Stream of the
United Kingdom; the Atlantis Resources
Ltd.
   group,   which   includes   Lockheed
Martin
   and   Irving;   the   Minas   Energy
group, which includes Siemens; and a group
consisting of  OpenHydro  and  Emera  now
under the name  Cape  Sharp  Tidal,  a new
joint  business  venture  for the  tidal  project.
Younger has been in back-to-back meetings
with  companies  since   Sunday,   "building
partnerships with other countries," he said.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2014 Oct 30
Chester council unimpressed
with wind turbine figures
Kaizer Meadow wind turbine
generates only 29¢ of each
dollar of forecasted revenue
Chester municipal council is looking for some
answers after its new wind turbine fell short of
its revenue target to date this year.  The munic-
ipality had expected the Kaizer Meadow turbine
to have generated $712,381 in revenue so far
this year, but it has brought in  only  $202,972.
Several councillors said they've received calls
from constituents wondering why the windmill
isn't   turning   as  often   as   expected.   The
councillors have  asked  for a  report on when
and  why  the  turbine  isn't  operating  so they
know who's responsible and whether they can
recoup any revenue.  Warden Allen Webber
said the  turbine  was  established based
on about  seven  years  of data
gathered  at  the  site.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax



Comment:
If I were a  taxpayer  in Chester Municipality
I would be leery of  any  information about the
working of the Kaizer Meadow wind turbine from
the  Warden – he's  so  inept  with  technology
that he doesn't know the difference between
concrete and steel when he's looking at it.
Wind turbine erected on Windsor Road (video)
The "300-foot concrete tower" mentioned
by the Warden  twice  in the narration
is  made  of  steel,  not  concrete.
His "300-foot concrete tower" does not exist.
2014 Oct 31
Installation of undersea
power cables for
tidal turbines complete
The tidal power test site near Parrsboro is now
completely  wired  for  demonstration  turbines.
The  installation   of  four   underwater   power
cables was  completed  this  week,  the Fundy
Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE)
announced Friday, October 31st.  This project
gives  the  turbine  test site,  located  in  Minas
Passage at the upper end of the Bay of Fundy,
the most electric transmission capacity for tidal
power    in    the    world.    Four    international
consortia have signed  contracts  with FORCE
for berths  at the  site.  The cables, which have
a diameter  about the size  of a  bowling  ball
and  together are  11 kilometres  long, have
a  total  capacity  of  64 megawatts.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

64 megawatts = 85,000 horsepower

2014 Oct 31
FORCE wraps up 64MW lines
Largest transmission capacity
for tidal power in the world
Installation of four underwater power cables with
a total capacity of 64MW  has wrapped up at the
Fundy  Ocean  Research  Center  for Energy in
Nova  Scotia,  Canada.  The 11km  of lines were
placed in the Minas Passage and now represent
the largest  transmission capacity for tidal power
in  the  world.   The work took almost four weeks
from  mobilisation  through  sea  trials and finally
cable deployment.  Each 34.5kV cable, together
with its reel, weighed  more  than  100 tonnes.
reNews newsletter, Winchester, Hampshire, UK

64 megawatts = 85,000 horsepower

2014 Oct 29
Atlantis books Fundy berth
Tidal power developer Atlantis Resources has
signed a 10-year extendable seabed sublease
with the  Fundy  Ocean  Research  Center  for
Energy  (FORCE)   in  Nova  Scotia,  Canada.
The agreement  provides  the company with a
berth in the Bay of Fundy at which it intends to
initially deploy a  single  1.5MW AR-1500  tidal
turbine.   Underwater   electrical   cables   are
currently   being   laid   at  the   four  berths  at
FORCE to carry the electric  power  generated
back to the facility's onshore substation, which
is  sited  near  the  town  of  Parrsboro  and  is
already  connected  to the Nova Scotia power
grid.  The  sublease  was   granted   following
completion of a  C$5M  grant  agreement  with
Sustainable Development Technology Canada,
which  was   signed   in  June,  and  a  project
agreement with the Nova Scotia Department
of Energy, which was signed this month.
reNews newsletter, Winchester, Hampshire, UK
2014 Oct 29
Asian firm sets Fundy test
Atlantic Resources
to install tidal turbine
near Parrsboro in 2016
Atlantis Resources Ltd., a Singapore-based tidal
power  developer  says it plans to  deploy  a tidal
turbine at a Bay of Fundy test site near Parrsboro
in late 2016.  The plan is to install a 1.5-megawatt
device  in  Minas Passage  about  two  years from
now.  Atlantis  is  partnered  with  Lockheed Martin
and Irving Shipbuilding on the Nova Scotia project. 
Atlantis  also   announced   that  it  has  signed a
ten-year  seabed  sublease  with the Fundy Ocean
Research Centre for Energy (FORCE).  A FORCE
spokesman said  all  four  turbine  developers with
berths  at  the  site  have  now  signed  subleases.
The berth holders  each  pay $1 million for access
to the test site, an amount that helps cover capital
construction costs  including the undersea power
cables being  installed  this  fall.  The developers
also pay annual fees, which go toward operating
costs,  as  part  of  the  sublease.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax



The newspaper article includes the following:
The  single  1.5-megawatt  device...is
expected to produce enough electricity
to  power  750 homes  for  a  year.

Comment:
This nonsense could not have been written,
or approved for publication, by anyone
who understands what a megawatt is.
2014 Oct 29
All-day learning seminar titled:
“Planning for Successful Projects:
Integrating Aboriginal Consultation
in the
Environmental Assessment Process”

Pier 21, Halifax
Office of Aboriginal Affairs
Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Environment
2014 Oct 26
Shore  power
for  cruise  ships

The Port of Halifax
will offer shore power for
25 cruise ships next season
•  CTV News video clip  2:11
2014 Oct 27
NS Power on hot seat
over charges

NS Power  is  on the  hot  seat  as the
UARB examines an audit that indicates
the company overcharged consumers
by  five  or  six  million  dollars.
•  CTV News video clip  2:15
2014 Oct 28
Canadian Wind Energy Association
(CanWEA) 2014 Conference:
Evidence Regarding
Future Declines in
the Cost of Wind
Wind installed-project costs
have declined since 2008

On October 28, Power Advisory's President
John Dalton  presented  evidence  of  future
declines in wind energy costs.  The presen-
tation provided recent experiences with cost
of wind energy and future cost reductions.
Power Advisory LLC, Concord, Massachusetts

2014 Oct 20
Bay of Fundy tidal project
draws closer to power generation
Nova Scotia is one step closer to connecting the
power  of the  Bay of Fundy  tides  with the Nova
Scotia grid.  The Fundy Ocean Research Centre
for Energy  announced  it  successfully  installed
the second of four underwater electric cables in
the  Minas  Passage  on Sunday, Oct. 19th. The
cables are  between  two  and  three  kilometres
long and each  can  carry  up  to  16 megawatts
from  an  underwater  electric  generator  to the
Parrsboro  shore.   Each  cable  contains  three
copper   conductors,   large   enough   to  carry
200 amperes   continuously  and  insulated  for
operation  at  34.5 kV.  After the  cable  project,
the  centre   will   continue   with  a  $10-million
sensor  technology  program.   An   underwater
platform  containing  special  equipment  will  be
attached to a fibre-optic data cable installed last
year,  allowing  for  real-time  measurements
of  conditions  deep  in  the  Minas Basin.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

16 megawatts = 21,000 horsepower

References:
•  Power Cables B-Roll  6:42 (video)
•  FORCE Barge Trials  2:30 (video)
•  The Fundy Standard  0:55 (video)
•  Map: Force Data Cable location

2014 Oct 20
Tidal power cables installed
in Minas Passage
Work is now underway to bring
the promise of tidal power in the
Bay of Fundy closer to reality.
The Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy
(FORCE) has started to install  four  underwater
electric power cables in the world's highest tides.
These cables  will  connect  to experimental tidal
turbines in the Minas Passage, at the upper end
of the Bay of Fundy, and enable them to deliver
power  to   Nova Scotia's   electricity  grid.  The
FORCE team successfully installed the second
cable on Sunday, Oct. 19th.  Each 34.5-kilovolt
cable  has  a  capacity  of  16 megawatts.  The
cables vary between 2-3 km in length, weighing
over  100 tonnes  each.  While most underwater
cables are laid from  shore  to  shore,  with both
ends on  dry  land,  this  operation  is  unusuual:
the installation team is leaving the unconnected
offshore end  of each  cable  laying on the sea
bottom  –  sealed   to  keep   out  sea  water –
awaiting a future connection to a test turbine.
The Citizen Record, Amherst

16 megawatts = 21,000 horsepower

Photograph Gallery:
•  Barge Trial
•  Tidal Cables
•  Tidal Cables 3
•  Tidal Cables 4
•  Tidal Cables 5

Reference:
•  FORCE FAQ
Regrettably, in this FAQ section the FORCE management
has included no information about the underwater cables
– neither the power cables nor the fibre optic data cable.
This  surprising  (and  incomprehensible)  omission  was
brought to the attention of the management in May 2014.
The  only  response was a brief  nine-word  email  stating
that this  information  is available  "at the  visitor  centre". 
Apparently they think that this project is of interest only to
people who live in the  local  Parrsboro  area.  The fact is
that all Nova Scotians are paying for this project, and all
citizens have a  legitimate  interest  in what  is being done
here.  Most people live far from Parrsboro.  (It is a seven-
hour  drive  for  me  to go  to the  FORCE visitor center.)
Ample information should be made available online, for
people who are too  far  away  to be able to go there in
person.  FORCE management's failure to understand
this simple fact is regrettable and incomprehensible.

2014 Oct 24
High-level meeting planned
to discuss concerns over
Alton Natural Gas
Storage project
Alton  Natural  Gas  LP   is   working   on  a
$100-million project to develop three storage
facilities for  natural  gas  in underground salt
caverns in  Colchester  County,  about 20 km
south from Truro.  Part of the project involves
using  water  from  the  Shubenacadie  River
estuary to pump into the caverns to dissolve
the  salt  and  then   pumping   the  resulting
brine back into the river to be carried down-
river  and  out  into  the  Bay of Fundy.  The
potential environmental impacts surrounding
that   proposal,    however,    have    created
resounding  protests   from  the  local  native
communities,   as   well  as  from  non-native
residents and fishing associations in the area,
who  oppose  the  project.  Earlier  this  week,
the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs
sent  out   a   news  release   calling   for  an
immediate  halt  to  the  project  so that more
consultation can take place.  The chiefs also
called  for  an  independent  environmental
assessment  of  the  proposal.
The Daily News, Truro

Reference:
•  UARB Matter Number M04172
Alton Natural Gas Storage LP - June 1, 2011
Application for Approval to Construct a Storage
Reservoir - Underground Storage of Hydrocarbons

Decision - Approval to Construct - Sep. 4, 2013

The role of the Utilities and Review Board (UARB)
in this matter, under the Underground Hydrocarbons
Storage Act
, and the Underground Hydrocarbons Storage
Regulations
  is to  consider  issues  of  public  safety  only.
The Board's mandate does not include environmental matters,
nor  is  it  the  economic  regulator  of  the  firm.

Also See:
•  Alton Natural Gas Storage
Alton Natural Gas Storage LP - 2014
•  Project Overview - Appendix E [page 5]
Stantec Consulting - (No date)
•  Alton Underground
Natural Gas Storage Facility

Environment Department - March 31, 2014
•  Mi'kmaq launch protest
Alton natural gas storage project

Chronicle-Herald - September 29, 2014
•  Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq plan to slow highway
traffic to protest natural gas plan

Globe & Mail - September 29, 2014
•  Mi'kmaq groups protest
$100M Alton gas storage project

CBC News - September 29, 2014
•  $100 million Alton gas project
delayed over Mi'kmaq concerns

CBC News - October 29, 2014
2014 Oct 16
Study: Atlantic utilities
could collaborate
Labrador's hydro resources
could   virtually   transform
Atlantic Canada's energy outlook
A new study by the  Atlantic  Institute  for Market
Studies, released Thursday, Oct. 16th, concludes
that electric  transmission  links being built for the
$6.9-billion Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in
Labrador should spur the Atlantic provinces and
their electric utilities to work together more.  The
Institute's  study  said  Muskrat Falls will make it
easier  for  the   Atlantic  provinces   to  adopt  a
shared  electricity  reserve, instead of each utility
continuing to have its own pool of backup power.
The required  reserve  would be  lower  under a
shared arrangement and  overseen  by a single
reliability    co-ordinator,    wrote   Gordon   Weil,
the think-tank's senior fellow on electricity policy.
He was chair of the  New England  negotiations
leading  to  the  region's  electric  transmission
tariff and the  Independent  System  Operator.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

References:
Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS)
•  Atlantic union of power grid
would lower customers' bills

Chronicle-Herald - October 21, 2014
•  Taking Stock of Atlantic
Canada's Electricity Sector

AIMS - October 16, 2014
•  Muskrat Falls: Opportunities to
Reduce Risk and Enhance Benefits

AIMS - July 28, 2013
•  Muskrat Falls: Increased
Risk and Opportunity

The Telegram - July 19, 2013
•  Muskrat Falls: Increased
Risk and Opportunity

AIMS - July 15, 2013
2014 Oct 16
Making Muskrat Falls
Part 1

Mention the words Muskrat Falls in this province
and you may have  an  argument  on your hands.
It's a visionary project for some, a white elephant
in  the  making  for  others.  No  matter  your
opinion,  construction  is  well  underway
and  the  province  will  own  it.
•  NTV News video clip  4:53
2014 Oct 17
Making Muskrat Falls
Part 2

Ratepayers in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia
will   foot   the   bill   for   the   $8.5-billion
Muskrat   Falls   project.   NTV's   Glen
Carter   takes   a   look   at   what
they're   paying   for   in   Part 2
of   Making  Muskrat  Falls.
•  NTV News video clip  5:56
Finding online copies
of official documents
in the UARB website

2014 Oct 15
Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Report:  August 2014

[51 pages]
This report – which covers the activities for the month of August 2014 –
is prepared by Lower Churchill Management Corporation, the Nalcor
Energy subsidiary responsible for managing the construction of the
Muskrat  Falls   hydroelectric   generating  facility,   the  Labrador
Transmission Assets and the Labrador-Island Transmission Link.

The following contracts were awarded during the month of August:
•  CT0327-001 - Construction of 350kV HVdc Transmission Line Section 1
•  CT0342 - Construction of AC Transmission Line on Island
•  CD0502 - Construction of AC Substations
•  CD0534 - EPC Supply & Install Synchronous Condensers at Soldiers Pond

This report provides the monthly update on the following projects
associated with the Muskrat Falls development:
•  the 824 megawatt hydroelectric development at Muskrat Falls
              (the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating facility);
•  two 315 kilovolt High Voltage alternating current (HVac)
              transmission lines between Muskrat Falls and
              Churchill Falls (the Labrador Transmission Assets); and
•  the 1,100 km long High Voltage direct current (HVdc)
              transmission line between Muskrat Falls and
              Soldiers Pond (the Labrador-Island Transmission Link).



References:

Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Reports
•  September 2014
•  August 2014
•  July 2014
•  June 2014
•  May 2014
•  April 2014
•  March 2014
•  February 2014
•  January 2014
•  December 2013
•  November 2013
•  October 2013

•  Nalcor's Corporate Structure

2014 Oct 14
Energy minister hosts
consultation in Mahone Bay
“Environment be damned”:
Letters to the Minister
Alternative approaches to harnessing wind power
and   establishing     utility     lines   were   among
suggestions  presented  recently  to  Nova Scotia
Energy Minister Andrew Younger as the province
considers the future of its electricity policy.  The
environment remains an important consideration
for people when they consider electricity supply
and the subject keeps popping up during public
consultations.  In response to a question during
the recent  public  session  at  the  Mahone Bay
Centre,  Mr. Younger  said  he was  pleased with
the consistency.  "It's  sometimes  funny because
you base decisions  on the letters you get to your
office, and I get a lot of letters from people saying
‘environment  be  damned.   I want  the cheapest
rates  possible,’ "  he  said.  "It surprises me how
many letters like that I get."  Currently, electricity
in Nova Scotia is largely generated from burning
coal, with some coming courtesy of renewables
and natural gas.  Mr. Younger said Nova Scotia
uses   about    300  million  cubic  feet    of   the
500 million cubic feet of natural gas the province
produces  each  year.   Exports  account  for  the
difference.   Heating  and  cooling  mechanisms
are  the  province's  biggest  user  of  residential
electricity,   Mr. Younger   explained   during  his
presentation,  with  the cost  of fuel (not salaries
and executive compensation) making the most
significant impact on electric bills.
Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Bridgewater
2014 October 15
BACKGROUNDER

There are four main components in the entire Muskrat Falls Power Project.

(1) The 824 MW Muskrat Falls hydroelectric plant, including the dams and spillway
              – financed and owned by Nalcor

(2) The 315 kV two-circuit power line (AC only, no DC) about 260 km long,
between Muskrat Falls and Churchill Falls
              – financed and owned by Nalcor

(3) The Labrador - Island Link, the two-circuit ±450 kV high voltage
direct current (DC only, no AC) 900 MW transmission system between Muskrat Falls
and Soldiers Pond (near Saint John's).  This transmission system will be
about 1,100 km long, which includes 400 km in Labrador,
34 km across Belle Isle Strait and 700 km on Newfoundland Island.
              – financed and owned by Nalcor

NOTE: Explanation for the interested (but possibly confused) citizen:
The Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Report – the item next above –
covers components (1), (2) and (3), but omits (4) the Maritime Link.
Question: Why is (4) the Maritime Link omitted in the Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Report?
Answer: Components (1), (2) and (3) are financed and owned by Nalcor,
publisher of the Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Report.
The Maritime Link (4) is financed and owned by Emera (not Nalcor).

(4) The Maritime Link, the two-circuit ±250 kV high voltage
direct current (DC only, no AC) 500 MW transmission system between
Bottom Brook (in southwestern Newfoundland) and Woodbine (on Cape Breton Island).
This transmission system will be about 350 km long, which includes
130 km in Newfoundland, 170 km across Cabot Strait and 50 km on Cape Breton Island.
              – financed and owned by Emera

(5) There are a few smaller but essential projects, such as:
– upgrading the existing transmission system in Newfoundland
        between Soldiers Pond and Bottom Brook (Nalcor);
– upgrading the existing transmission system in Nova Scotia
        between Woodbine and the New Brunswick border (Emera); and
– reconfiguration of the existing 138 kV transmission line in Labrador
        between Churchill Falls and Happy Valley (Nalcor).

2014 Oct 14
First transmission tower erected for Muskrat Falls Project
To connect the  Muskrat Falls  and  Churchill Falls  generating stations,
two parallel high voltage alternating current (HVac) transmission lines,
each  about  260 km  in  length,  are  being  built  in  Labrador.
The transmission  tower  erected  last weekend is a  self-supported  (no guy wires)  tower
about 30 metres high and was erected by a ten-person crew assisted by two large cranes.
(See two photographs in the linked document)
Construction work started on this HVac 315kV two-circuit transmission line in
Labrador in May 2014 and is forecasted to be completed by the end of 2016.
Nalcor Energy, St. John's



NOTE: The purpose of this  high-capacity  two-circuit 315 kV transmission line is
to enable the generation of electricity at these two locations – Churchill Falls and
Muskrat Falls – to be  co-ordinated  to  maximize  the electric energy production
from the water available in the Churchill River.  Both generating plants will use
the same water, which will flow first through the upstream Churchill Falls plant
and then through the downstream Muskrat Falls plant.  The electric generation
at the two plants should be coordinated in a way that ensures the flow of water
coming out  of  the  Churchill  Falls  plant  will  closely  match  the  flow  of water
entering the  Muskrat Falls  plant at all times, to prevent the necessity of wasting
water by spillage.  This hour-by-hour coordination will be made easier by the fact
that both  generating  plants  are  controlled  (majority-owned) by Nalcor Energy.


                                                               References:
•  Lower Churchill Project
•  Labrador Transmission Assets
•  ST0311 Provision of Survey Services - 315 kV HVac
•  Preliminary Analysis: Muskrat Falls to Churchill Falls Transmission Voltage
•  CT0319 AC Transmission Line Construction (Muskrat Falls to Churchill Falls)
   Phase conductor is twin bundle ACSR Drake
•  PT0300 Supply of Transmission Line Conductors - 315 kV HVac
   AC Transmission Line Phase Conductor: Approximately 3,300 km of 795 kcmil* ACSR Drake or equivalent
•  PT0301 Supply of Insulators - 315 kV HVac
•  PT0302 Tower Steel for AC Lines - 315 kV HVac
•  PT0303 Supply of Hardware - 315 kV HVac
•  PT0304 Supply of Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) - 315 kV HVac  Optical Ground Wire
   OPGW shall have 24 Single-Mode optical Fibres (SMF) - Rated Tensile Strength (RTS) 138 kN (kilonewtons)
•  PT0307 Supply of Tower Foundations - 315 kV Hvac
•  PT0326 Supply of Steel Wires - 315 kV HVac
•  CT0354 HVAC Marshalling Yard Civil & Electrical Works
•  Construction Schedule to First Power

             * What does "kcmil" mean?
This is a measure of cross-sectional area, used solely for electrical conductors.
"cmil" means "circular mil" and "kcmil" means "thousand circular mils".
A circular mil is the area of a circle whose diameter is 0.001 inch.
One circular mil = 0.7854 millionths of a square inch        (pi) π ÷ 4 = 0.7854
One circular mil = 0.7854 × 10-6 square inch = 0.7854 square mils

2014 Oct 14
Nalcor erects first
Muskrat Falls
transmission tower
Two large mobile cranes were used over
the   weekend    to    erect    the   first
30-metre-high    transmission    tower
required to connect the Muskrat Falls
project to Churchill Falls.
The Telegram, St. John's
2014 Oct 09
South Canoe wind project
appeal to be heard Dec. 10th
Cape Breton Exploration Ltd.'s appeal of the
provincial Utility and Review Board's decision
approving the $200-million South Canoe wind
farm will be heard Dec. 10th.  "Our lawyers are
cautiously  optimistic,"  said company president
Luciano Lisi  in an interview from  Glace Bay on
Thursday, October 9th.  The independent power
producer  contends  the   Review  Board   didn't
have the authority to require Nova Scotia Power
ratepayers to pay for and  guarantee  the profits
of  the   utility's   $93-million  investment   in  the
Lunenburg    County    wind    project.    Richard
Stephenson of Toronto law firm Paliare Roland
is  representing   Cape   Breton   Explorations
before   the   Nova   Scotia   Court  of  Appeal.
He said  in an  interview  Thursday  the  appeal
isn't  about  whether  the  South  Canoe  project
should or shouldn't have been approved. "We're
saying Nova Scotia Power can't put the cost of
its investment  into  the  regulated  rate  base."
Stephenson  said  the  Review Board  mixed
a competitive  procurement  process  with  a
utility procurement process.  "It's a mixing of
apples  and  oranges,"  he   said.   "The  two
shouldn't  mix."    Lisi  wasn't  happy  with  the
Appeal  Court's   June   decision,  based  on  a
Nova  Scotia  Power    application,    to   impose
a partial    publication  ban    on    commercially
sensitive information related to the South Canoe
project.  "It's  really  too  easy  to  hide  all  sorts
of  things  when  claiming  privacy,"  he  said.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax



References:
(NSCA: Nova Scotia Court of Appeal)
•  2013 NSUARB 92 (CanLII)  Apr. 26, 2013
•  2013 NSCA 116 (CanLII)  Oct. 15, 2013
•  2013 NSCA 134 (CanLII)  Nov. 26, 2013
•  2014 NSUARB 5 (CanLII)  Jan. 14, 2014
•  2014 NSUARB 5 (Signed copy - Archived)
•  2014 NSUARB 5 (Unsigned copy - PDF CANLII)
•  2014 NSUARB 5 (Unsigned copy - HTML CANLII)
•  2014 NSCA 53 (CanLII)  June 3, 2014

2014 Oct 09
Maine Regulator Confirms
Ability to Invest in
Transmission and Generation
Emera Inc. is pleased to announce that on
October 9th, 2014, the Maine Public Utilities
Commission (MPUC) issued its written decision
reinstating its approval of Emera's investment
in Northeast Wind Partners and its investment
in  Algonquin  Power  &  Utilities  Corporation.
"We  appreciate  the   clarity   provided  by  the
Commission  and respect  its  decision,  and the
accompanying conditions" said Chris Huskilson,
President   and   CEO,  Emera Inc.   Emera  has
invested  more  than  one  billion  dollars  in  the
State of Maine.  The MPUC's decision provides
confirmation of Emera's ability to pursue future
investments   in   Maine.    Emera Inc.  is   a
geographically   diverse   energy   and  services
company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia
with $9.07 billion in assets and 2013 revenues
of   $2.2  billion.   The   company   invests  in
electricity   generation,   transmission  and
distribution, as well as gas transmission
and  utility  energy  services.
Financial Post

Emera Maine provides electric delivery service to two
areas – the Bangor Hydro District and the Maine Public
District.  The Bangor  Hydro  District  includes Hancock,
Piscataquis  and   Washington   Counties  and  most  of
Penobscot County.  The  Maine   Public   District  serves
Aroostook County and a small piece of Penobscot County.



  References:
•  Emera Maine
•  New name, same commitment

2014 Oct 08
County passes amendment
stipulating windmill setback
Pictou County council has approved an amend-
ment to a  land  use  bylaw  concerning how far
wind  turbines  need  to  be from homes.  After
hosting a  public  meeting  earlier  this  month,
councillors voted 12-1 in favour of the amend-
ment  that  stipulates  that  wind  turbines  be
placed  1,000 metres  from  the  nearest
residence unless all  residents  in the
affected   area  agree  that  the
setback  can  be  600 metres.
The News, New Glasgow
2014 Oct 08
New Glasgow selected
for provincial fleet
efficiency project
New Glasgow will be installing
a public charger for electric
vehicles in the near future
The Town of New Glasgow has been selected
as one of two municipalities to take part in the
Clean  Foundation   and   Nova  Scotia  Moves
Municipal Fleet Efficiency Initiative.  The Clean
Foundation and FleetCarma will work with two
municipalities  to  closely  analyze  and  match
fleet requirements  and  future  needs  with the
capabilities and recommended uses of various
electric   vehicle  (EV)   makes   and   models.
Clean Foundation  will  work  with the town to
conduct a  survey  about barriers and benefits
to adopting the use of electric hybrid vehicles.
Vehicles'   duty   cycles   will   be   logged  for
approximately  three weeks  and the data will
be returned to  FleetCarma  who will provide
recommendations  regarding  key  areas for
potential economic savings, carbon dioxide
(CO2)  emission   reduction   and  specific
opportunities for fleet electrification with
suggested types of EV products.
The Advocate, Pictou
2014 Oct 08
Monitors in Halifax-area
schools cast new light
on energy efficiency
Kids across the Halifax Regional School Board
will soon have their school's energy consumption
explained in a way that even a  grade  schooler
could  understand.  "So  far  today,  the  school
has  used  enough  electrical  energy  to  bake
802 pizzas," read the new dashboard at Prince
Andrew   High   School   in   Dartmouth   on
Wednesday  morning,  October 8th.   Another
screen tells students and staff, "So far today, the
school has used enough water to fill 43 bathtubs."
A power-monitoring  system,  to be  installed at
90  schools   in   the   board,   was   launched
Wednesday.  The energy dashboard, a computer
monitor   affixed   to   a   wall   in   the    cafeteria,
displays  real-time  data  on the school's gas,
water  and  electricity  consumption.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

COMMENT: It would be easy for the school's website
to include a  real-time  copy of the dashboard screen
display to enable students, parents and school board
members – and  other  community  leaders – across
Nova Scotia to see what Prince Andrew High is doing
– and for them to consider if they should do something
similar in  their  local  schools.  Perhaps in their local
municipal office building or other community space?



References:
•  Lights Off. Green On!  HRSB
•  Lights Off. Green On!  Chronicle-Herald
•  Prince Andrew's dashboard
Considering that it has been chosen for public
display by an educational institution, this software
displays a remarkable number of spelling errors
seventeen per cycle, by my count.
2014 October 8
Tower Section 2 Truck waiting at the Trenton steel works, to deliver a tower section, Oct. 8, 2014
Screenshot of the GPS truck tracking website, taken at 1:36pm Wednesday, Oct. 8,
showing  an  icon  representing  Tower  Section 2  Truck,  superimposed  on  an
aerial photograph of the  yard  at the  Trenton  steel  works  with  about  thirty
sections  (five  sections  per  tower)  clearly  visible  on  the  ground,  ready
to be delivered to the South Canoe Wind Project in Lunenburg County.
This screenshot image is reduced to one-third of the size of the original.
Silvercloud Real-time GPS Tracking © Copyright LandAirSea Systems, Inc.

Available in the UARB website
2014 Oct 06
2014 NSUARB 163 (PDF)

M06321
In  the  Matter  of  a  Review  of
Nova Scotia Power Incorporated's
state  of  Preparedness  and
Response  to  Storm  Arthur


DECISION: NSPI is directed to
undertake  certain  actions
and additional investigations
as noted in this Decision
.

NSPI is directed to provide an update on
October 31, 2014  on  progress  to  date,
and a work plan to implement future action
on November 15, 2014.  Thereafter, NSPI
is directed to file quarterly updates starting
February 15, 2015 on the work undertaken
to implement this Decision.

2014 Oct 07
Turbine blades make
smooth entry on South Shore,
but base hits overpass
Wind farm gets first shipment,
but crash mars delivery of base
Motorists and bystanders were treated to quite
a sight Monday, October 6th, as the first of 102
massive turbine blades were transported from a
wharf  at  Brooklyn,  Queens  County,  to  South
Canoe, Nova Scotia's largest windmill farm near
New Ross  in  Chester  Municipality.  While this
delivery of three 17,900-kilogram turbine blades
– the first three-blade set of the 34 sets required
for South Canoe – went smoothly on the South
Shore,  a  delivery  truck  transporting  a  turbine
tower base from Trenton hit an overpass between
Truro and Halifax.  The incident happened about
2:30pm between exits 7 and 8 on Highway 102.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

2014 Oct 07
Lunenburg utility truck
price tag balloons
The estimated cost of a new digger-derrick truck
for the   Lunenburg   Electric   Utility  has  gone
through  the  roof,  but  the   Lunenburg   Town
Council has  given  the  green  light  to proceed
with a  tender  call  for the purchase.  Councillor
Peter  Zwicker   felt   the   town   should  not  be
spending  $280,000  on a digger-derrick truck at
all. "We have three small (electric) utilities within
a 12-mile 20 km radius, all who have expensive
trucks.  I think  going  forward  we  have to be
looking at sharing.  There's been all this talk
about municipal cooperation with Riverport,
Lunenburg and Mahone Bay.  I don't see
a need  where  we  all  have to have
a $300,000  digger-derrick  truck."
Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Bridgewater
2014 Oct 06
Strait  of  Belle  Isle
cable crossing digs deep
The final bore hole, of six required for three
high-voltage  underwater   cables  crossing
the Strait of Belle Isle  between  Labrador
and Newfoundland,  has been completed
as construction  moves  forward  on the
Lower   Churchill   Project.
Daily Commercial News, Markham, Ontario

Reference:
•  Video: Strait of Belle Isle Crossing  3:46
2014 Oct 06
Nova Scotia Power to
text message customers
with updates on outages
Nova Scotia Power will adopt new measures
to prevent a recurrence of the communication
snafus that happened after post-tropical storm
Arthur caused  widespread  power  outages in
July, the province's  public  utilities  regulator
said in a report released Monday, Octber 6th.
The province's Utility and Review Board said
the  privately  owned   utility   has  agreed  to
virtually all of its  32 suggestions  for improve-
ment, including a recommendation that would
see  Nova  Scotia  Power  send text messages
to customers experiencing outages.  The board
is also calling for a revamped interactive online
outage  map  that  won't  crash  when  a major
storm  moves  in and  Internet  traffic  goes up.
"The issue of greatest concern to the board is
the failure of (Nova Scotia Power's) communi-
cation systems to provide accurate information
and, indeed, be accessible to customers during
the storm and the restoration efforts," the board
said.  The board said Nova Scotia Power has to
stop  its  practice  of  reporting  that  power  has
been restored when fewer than 100 customers
remain  offline  in  a  given  area.
Globe and Mail
2014 Oct 05
The Maritime Link
is right on schedule...
Throughout the month of  September, McNally's
tug and drill  platform  made many appearances
in the Port aux Basques harbour.  The company
has been involved with  marine  testing  for  the
Maritime  Link  project  out  of  Cape  Ray.  The
Maritime   Link   project   will   see   high-voltage
electrical  transmission  lines run from Newfound-
land to Nova Scotia under the sea and according
to  the  project's  communication  manager,  Jeff
Myrick,  the  recent  sightings  are  all  a  part  of
marine  testing  being  performed  in  Cape  Ray. 
Similar to the groundwork that took place in May
of this year, the role of researchers now is to test
the  soil,  sediment  and  rock  on  the  sea  floor. 
Myrick explained that the testing is crucial to the
horizontal  drilling  on  both  sides  of the Cabot
Strait, which is not set to take place until late
2015 or early 2016.  According to Myrick,
everything  within  the  project  is
on  time  and  on  budget.
The Gulf News, Port aux Basques

2014 Oct 05
Excitement humming over
test turbine in Barra Strait
The talk went round and round Sept. 26th, among
scientists  gathered  in  Iona,  the  hillside  hamlet
above the  Barra Strait,  as  they  talked  of  many
things: of  shores  and  ships and spinning blades,
of fish that transmit pings.  Though the discussion
was tempered by scientific restraint, there was still
a hum of excitement as the researchers explained
to local leaders and villagers that their preliminary
work is finished, that  they  are  ready  to install an
experimental  turbine  in the  cold  rushing waters
below the Victoria County village.  Day in and day
out,  lunar  gravity  drags  our  oceans  around the
planet, slaps them against one continent and then
another, builds enough kinetic power to keep our
machines  running  into  the  distant  future.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

2014 Oct 01
Contractors seek opportunities with Emera
The contract for site preparation in Newfoundland for the Maritime Link has been awarded by Emera
to Marine Construction Inc. Ltd. Partnership, a Corner Brook-based contractor.  Marine will start work
at Bottom Brook, preparing the site for the  eventual  construction  of the station that will convert high-
voltage alternating current (HVAC) to high-voltage direct current (HVDC) that will carry 500 megawatts
across Cabot Strait in  two  underwater  cables  to  Cape Breton Island.  Marine's work will include the
preliminary  development  of the  four  sites  required  for the  project  in the province:  Bottom Brook,
Granite Canal,  Cape Ray  and  Indian Head.  The company is tasked with the levelling and grading of
sites, upgrading of major access roads, the development of the horizontal directional drill site, access
road and land  cable  road  at the  Cape Ray  site  and the development of the  access  road to the
breakwater at the Indian Head grounding site.  The work is expected to begin immediately and
will be completed before the start of construction of the converter station and substations
in 2016, with these converter station sites expected to be commissioned in 2017.
The Gulf News, Port aux Basques

500 megawatts = 670,000 horsepower



References:

•  Designing a high-voltage transmission link between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia
•  Maritime Link - Project Overview
•  (1) Emera Newfoundland and Labrador Maritime Link  Environmental  Assessment  Report [746 pages]
•  (2) Emera Newfoundland and Labrador Maritime Link  Environmental  Assessment  Report [103 pages]
•  Operation of the HVDC System

2014 Oct 02
Natural Gas Storage Facility
causing controversy
A natural gas storage facility,  currently under
construction,  has  caused  some  controversy.
The $130 million project, which was underway
as of mid-August, is located about 10 km north
of  Stewiacke  in  Halifax Regional Municipality.
The  project  plan  is to use large underground
salt caverns as a container to hold natural gas.
"We are  presently  constructing the facilities,"
said  David Birkett,  president  of Alton Natural
Gas.  "What  that  entails  is  work  that  we're
doing at the river site to bring the non-potable
water  up  to  our site.   We've  been  building
facilities at the river to  move  water from that
site,  12 kilometres  to another site where our
cavern  site  is,  and  a  pipeline  in  between.
"The purpose of the water is to  dissolve  salt
[to make a large]  cavern  for  the  natural gas
storage," he continued.  "From a project point
of view,  we've  completed I would say 80 per
cent of  the  work  at the  river site.  The water
pipeline is in the ground and finished; the work
at the cavern site, we started drilling on August
20th, and have  almost  completed the work on
the drilling of  the  first well.  That only gives us
a well to put  the  water  down  to brine out the
cavern."  The site is expected to be fully oper-
ational for gas-storage purposes in April 2017.
The  brining  process  will begin around the
end of 2014, and will continue until then.
The Enfield Weekly Press
Halifax Regional Municipality

Reference:
•  UARB Matter Number M04172
Alton Natural Gas Storage LP - June 1, 2011
Application for Approval to Construct a Storage
Reservoir - Underground Storage of Hydrocarbons

Decision - Approval to Construct - Sep. 4, 2013

The role of the Utilities and Review Board (UARB)
in this matter, under the Underground Hydrocarbons
Storage Act
, and the Underground Hydrocarbons Storage
Regulations
  is to  consider  issues  of  public  safety  only.
The Board's mandate does not include environmental matters,
nor  is  it  the  economic  regulator  of  the  firm.

Also See:
•  Alton Natural Gas Storage
Alton Natural Gas Storage LP - 2014
•  Project Overview - Appendix E [page 5]
Stantec Consulting - (No date)
•  Alton Underground
Natural Gas Storage Facility

Environment Department - March 31, 2014
•  N.S. should move ahead
on gas storage facility

Chronicle-Herald - February 21, 2014
•  Mi'kmaq launch protest
Alton natural gas storage project

Chronicle-Herald - September 29, 2014
•  Mi'kmaq groups protest
$100M Alton gas storage project

CBC News - September 29, 2014
•  Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq plan to slow highway
traffic to protest natural gas plan

Globe & Mail - September 29, 2014
•  $100 million Alton gas project
delayed over Mi'kmaq concerns

CBC News - October 29, 2014
2014 Sep 30
South Canoe Wind Farm Turbine Deliveries

There will be 34 wind power generating units at South Canoe.  Each wind power
generating unit consists of a turbine - the actual electric generating equipment (the nacelle)
with its prime mover (the blades and hub) - and a tower to support the turbine.

Each wind power generating unit requires ten large trucks to deliver the components
to the South Canoe site – five tower sections, and five turbine components,
three blades, one nacelle (generator), and one hub (supports and controls the blades).

The towers are being manufactured in Trenton, Pictou County, Nova Scotia.
These tower components will be moved in five-truck convoys;
for each tower, one five-truck convoy traveling on one day from Trenton to South Canoe.

The turbines are being manufactured overseas, mostly in Spain.  The turbine components are
being shipped across the ocean, arriving here at the former Bowater Mersey Paper Mill dock
in Brooklyn (near Liverpool), Queens County, Nova Scotia.
These turbine components will be moved in five-truck convoys;
for each turbine, one five-truck convoy traveling on one day from Brooklyn to South Canoe.

The general plan is to deliver two turbines each week:
        – Monday: one five-truck convoy (one turbine) from Brooklyn to South Canoe.
        – Tuesday: one five-truck convoy (one tower) from Trenton to South Canoe.
        – Wednesday: one five-truck convoy (one turbine) from Brooklyn to South Canoe.
        – Thursday: one five-truck convoy (one tower) from Trenton to South Canoe.



Turbine components began arriving at the South Canoe site
on Monday October 6, 2014 with the delivery of nacelle, hub,
and blades – five large truckloads – for the first turbine.

GPS Truck Tracking Tool
Each delivery truck will be equipped with a GPS device.
Residents – anyone in the world – can visit this website
showing  the  location  of  each  truck  in  real  time.
Silver Cloud Sync - Real Time GPS Tracking 0:59
GPS Tracker - How it works? 13:57
Silvercloud-Real-time-GPS-Tracking-©-LandAirSea-Systems-Inc-South-Canoe-2014oct03-2051h
GPS Truck Tracking Tool
South Canoe Wind Farm, October 2014


Public Viewing locations:
Mike Keddy lot - #4032 Highway 12
Collin Hughes parking lot - #136 New Russell Road

                           Photographs
•  (page 4 of 26) - South Canoe Turbine Foundation - (Installing Rebar)
•  (page 5 of 26) - South Canoe Turbine Foundation - Concrete Pour (1)
•  (page 6 of 26) - South Canoe Turbine Foundation - Concrete Pour (2)
•  (page 7 of 26) - South Canoe Turbine Foundation
•  (pages 8 & 9 of 26) - South Canoe Sub-Station

2014 Sep 29
Massive Muskrat Falls
concrete pour begins
The concrete pour on the spillway structure
for   the    Muskrat    Falls    hydroelectric
generating facility in Labrador is underway
as  construction  takes  a  significant  step
forward  on  the  Lower  Churchill  Project.
The powerhouse and intake structure at Muskrat
Falls  will  be  about  85 metres  [280 feet]  high. 
Concrete work is required for the spillway, power-
house and dam structures.  The powerhouse will
contain four generating units, each consisting of
a water-powered  280,000  horsepower  turbine
driving a 206 MW electric generator.  When the
concrete substructure and steel superstructure
for the powerhouse have been constructed, two
heavy-lift travelling cranes will be erected in the
powerhouse, which will enable the four  turbines
and generators to be installed in sequence.  The
project will have two dams.  The  north  dam will
be 32m high and 432m long and the south dam
will be 20m high and 325m long.  The north dam
will be constructed using a special  high-density
concrete, known as roller-compacted  concrete. 
The concrete mix is spread by  bulldozers,  and
then  compacted  by  compaction  rollers  into a
series of  horizontal  layers.  The south dam will
be a  conventional  rock-filled  dam  that  will be
constructed by building up layers of rock and till
material  on  the  under lying  bedrock,  which
will  serve  as  a  foundation  for  the  dam.
A  road  will  also  be  built  on  the  top
of  the  dam  to  provide  access.
Daily Commercial News, Markham, Ontario
2014 Sep 29
Parrsboro looking at
tidal power agreement
with Digby, Hantsport
Rather than compete with Digby and Hantsport
for the spin-offs from the  emerging  tidal power
industry,  the  three   communities  are  looking
to  share   the  benefits.   A  formal  agreement
between the three municipalities is in the works,
it  was   revealed   at  the   recent   session  of
Parrsboro town council.   "Primarily,  the towns
of Digby, Hantsport and Parrsboro are working
together on tidal power," said Parrsboro Mayor
Lois Smith.  "We're working together as a unit.
We're  all  involved,  obviously... we're all on
the  Bay  of  Fundy,  so that is what the
agreement  is  going  to  be."
The Citizen Record, Amherst

2014 Sep 30
Sissiboo Falls dam regenerated
Repairs cost $315,000, decades
added to dam's life expectancy
Strengthening and  refurbishment  work at one of
Nova Scotia's best-known hydroelectric dams has
been completed.   Nova  Scotia  Power  made  the
repairs   over   the   summer   to   equipment  at  its
Sissiboo Falls generating station on Digby County's
Sissiboo   River.   The   work   cost   $315,000  and
is   expected   to   last   for   decades,  said  Mark
Sidebottom,   NSPI's   vice-president   of   power
generation and delivery.  "The investments we're
making here have a minimum life of 40 years and
possibly  a   life   out   to   70  years,"  Sidebottom
said.   "And of  course  they  are  zero-emission
energy sources as well," he said of the 17 hydro
systems  with  155 dams  dotting  the  provincial
landscape.  The  Sissiboo  Falls  hydro system,
which includes ten dams and three generating
stations,  has  been  producing  electricity
for  more  than  50  years.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

NOTE: The Sissiboo Falls hydroelectric
generating plant has a nameplate capacity
of 5.3 MW.  On average, its electric energy
production is worth about $40,000 a week.



Reference:
In the UARB website
•  Matter Number M05067
NSPI Work Order Cl# 41141 - HYD (hydro)
Sissiboo Grand Lake Spillway
"This project consists of removing existing deteriorated
wood sheathing, re-filling and repairing the timber crib
substructure and re-sheathing.  As well, the three timber
sluice gates and associated actuation equipment have
reached the end of their respective expected service
life and must be reconfigured and/or replaced."
2014 Sep 25
Pulling the pieces together
(Assembling transmission line towers
in Labrador)

Holding out a short  length  of  direct  current (DC)
transmission line, Richard Donica's hand dropped
just  slightly  with  the  weight.   "It's  pretty  heavy
duty stuff," he said, passing around the cut length
of steel  wrapped  with  aluminum,  12-pound-per-
metre line  (called  "conductor"),  inside a Lower
Churchill  Project  trailer.  The  trailer  where  he
stood is on the  corner  of a roughly 13-hectare,
gravel   covered   marshalling   yard,   north   of
Happy  Valley - Goose  Bay.  The  location  is  a
gathering place for the many pieces required to
build the new,  alternating  current  (AC) electric
transmission  line  running from  Muskrat Falls to
Churchill  Falls,   as   well   as  the  DC Labrador-
Island Link.  The items required include reel after
reel  of  power  line  conductor.  At  the Labrador
marshalling yard, 340 shipping containers from
Turkey with  tower  steel  have been unpacked,
with contents added to existing lots within the
yard.  Another 320 have yet to be unpacked.
The Telegram, St. John's
2014 Sep 26
Big blades cross ocean
for wind farm
56-metre vanes will be trucked to
turbine site outside New Ross
A cargo ship carrying the first shipment of blades
and other turbine components for South Canoe,
Nova  Scotia's  largest  wind  farm  arrived at the
former   Bowater   wharf  at   Brooklyn,  Queens
County, just  outside  Liverpool  this  week.  The
56-metre  [184 feet long  blades,  along with hubs
and the housing units that enclose the generating
components on  top  of  the  towers, arrived Wed-
nesday, September 25th, after a ten-day voyage
from  Bilbao,  Spain.  More  blades  will also be
arriving  from  China.   Delivery  of  the  turbine
components  by  truck  from   Brooklyn   to  the
3,000-hectare [7400 acre] site outside New Ross,
between Vaughan   and   New  Russell,   begins
October 6th.  The plan is to bring the blades and
other components on trucks that will travel along
Highway 103, take Exit 9 at Chester Basin, then
travel   northward   along  Route  12  and  turn
eastward at Lake Lawson Road to avoid going
through  New Ross,  with a  difficult  right  turn
at Charing Cross.  The trucks will then turn on
to New Russell Road, which takes them to the
wind farm site.  The towers, that will support the
turbines, are being manufactured by DSTN in
Trenton, Pictou County.  Each tower is manu-
factured in five sections, varying in length from
12 metres  at  the  base  to 27 metres at the top,
and they will also be brought to the site by truck.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

2014 Sep 22
Behind the scenes
at Muskrat Falls, as a
megaproject takes shape
It may  not  look  like  much  now,  but the huge
construction site at Muskrat Falls will eventually
turn  into  a power  plant  that  will  dramatically
boost the height of the falls to generate hydro-
electric power.  Right now, workers are building
a temporary  dam  at the site.  It's  holding back
part of the  river  so workers can stay dry while
they   build   the   power   generating   facilities.
Construction in Labrador has its own challenges,
not the least of which is a short  building season.
With days getting shorter and temperatures now
dropping  fast,  crews  are  building  a  facility to
shelter  the  construction  site.   "Inside  we will
have our  heating  system, ventilation systems,
14 overhead  cranes,"  construction  manager
Bill Knox said.  "We also have water systems,
concrete   distribution   systems,   electrical,
lighting – all inside, all enclosed, so we can
do this work 12 months around the clock."
CBC News
2014 Sep 25
Blades for wind farm arrive
at the Port Mersey wharf
The former Bowater paper mill wharf
played host to a large commercial vessel
on September 25th, for the first time since
the closure of the Bowater mill
Blades and other components arrived late last night
for  the  South   Canoe   Wind   Farm   project  near
New Ross in Chester Municipality (not "Lunenburg"
as  stated  in  the  newspaper).  26 sets of blades
(three blades per set) are being brought in from
Spain, and eight sets will come from China.
Queens County Advance, Liverpool



Reference:
•  South Canoe Wind Farm Site Progress Report
September 2014

Available in the CASNLII website
2014 Sep 22
2014 NSUARB 157
(PDF) [25 pages]
UARB approves $15.2M for Sable Wind Project at Canso

DECISION: September 22, 2014
The Board approves Capital Projects Cl# 40785, Cl# 43674, Cl# 43675 and Cl# 43676
in the total amount of $15,209,978, as amended by this Decision

Cl# 40785 - Sable Wind Project ($12,936,847)
Cl# 43674 - Sable Wind Project Substation Network Upgrades ($958,357)
Cl# 43675 - Transmission Facilities Interconnection Sable Wind Project ($354,246)
Cl# 43676 - Interconnection Substation Sable Wind Project ($960,528)

The total nominal (nameplate) capacity of this wind farm is 13.8 MW, and it is expected
to produce 44.7 GWh per year.  The turbines  will be  located  on  land  leased  from the
Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG), just beyond the  southern  boundary
of the community of Canso.  Nova Scotia Power Inc (NSPI) and the  MODG  each will own
three  wind  turbines,  and other specific assets (transformers, high-voltage circuit breakers
and switches,  access  roads,  etc.), or portions  of  those  assets,  adjusted  so that NSPI's
investment does not  exceed  49%  of the total  Sable  Wind  Project  cost in order to comply
with the definition of "independent power producer" in the Renewable Electricity Regulations.

The electric energy produced will be sold to NSPI for 13.1¢/kWh.
The "expected" production – 44.7 GWh per year – will yield an average
gross (before expenses) income of about $110,000 each week.


44.7 GWh per year = 6,800 horsepower (long-term average)

2014 Sep 22
Nova Scotia Power
gets Sable Wind approval
Canso-area project to be
completed by end of year
A six-turbine wind project in Guysborough County
has   cleared   its   final   regulatory   hurdle.
The provincial Utility and Review Board approved
Nova   Scotia   Power's   $15-million   share  of
Sable Wind today.  The utility company holds a
49% interest  in  the  13.8 MW  venture, which is
majority owned by the Municipality of the District
of Guysborough.  Construction of the $27-million
wind  farm  is  slated  to  be  completed  by mid-
December so the project can be producing electric
energy  by  the   beginning   of  2015.   All  energy
produced will be sold to Nova Scotia Power and
will be fed directly into the Nova Scotia grid.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

2014 Sep 16
Turbine transport plan complete
Turbine  components  for the  South  Canoe  Wind
Project are expected to arrive on  site  in New Ross
during the first week of October.  The transportation
plan for the towers,  nacelles  and blades has been
finalized.  The  towers  are  arriving  from  Trenton,
Nova Scotia, the nacelles and 26 of the 34 sets of
blades  from  Spain  through the port of Liverpool,
Nova  Scotia,  and  the  remaining   eight  sets  of
blades   will   arrive   from   China,   also   through
Liverpool.  The components will be taken on large
trucks  along  Highway 103  onto  Highway 12  at
Exit 9, and  then  taken  to their destination along
the New Russell Road.  All  culverts  and  bridges
along the route have been assessed to determine
structural  integrity  due  to  the  massive  size
and  weight  of  the  turbine  components.
Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Bridgewater
2014 Sep 17
Muskrat Falls taking shape
as construction advances

After years of acrimonious debate,
work is proceeding at a rapid pace
on the Muskrat Falls  project, with
spending at more than $1.3 billion
so far.  The project is taking shape
with  construction  started  on the
powerhouse  and  spillway area.
•  NTV News video clip  1:22
2014 Sep 19
Open house at
Digby Neck wind farm
video  1:09
Nova Scotia Power held an open house
at  their   Digby  Neck   wind   farm  with
20  80-metre   tall   turbines  capable  of
churning    out   30 MW.    A   video   tour
around, and into one of the wind turbines.
Digby County Courier, Digby

2014 Sep 16
Emergency management learns lessons from Arthur
• Flat-lined communications technology
• Unreliable electricity outage information
• Muddy or misunderstood policies
As far as lessons learned go, local emergency management officials discovered
problems bigger than trees after post-tropical storm Arthur blew over back in July. 
Neither regional nor the provincial officials came together in an operations centre
format, partly because the scope of Arthur's effects couldn't truly be nailed down,
but  tactics  apparently  would  have  changed  if  the  picture  had  been  clearer. 
"We couldn't tell what was happening because, like everybody else, we're used
to going to the Nova Scotia Power outage web site and there we see how many
people are out and there we see the timelines of when they're expected to come
back," said Heather  MacKenzie-Carey,  the regional  emergency  management
office (REMO) coordinator.  REMO includes  the participation  of four of the five
Lunenburg County municipalities.  "If we had've been able to go to that website
and see that  we  had  10,000 people  out  and  [they]  were  likely to be
out for over  72 hours, we  absolutely  would  have activated
an  EOC  [Emergency  Operations  Centre]."
Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Bridgewater

2014 Sep 16
Nova Scotia Power vows to
beef up forecasting, website
Consultant found utility lacking
after tropical storm Arthur knocked
out power to 245,000 customers
Nova Scotia Power agrees with a consultant's
report that  recently  concluded  it needs more
detailed  weather  forecasting services and an
improved website when storms hit.  The utility
said Tuesday, September 16th, that it will act
on a critique of its response to post-tropical
storm   Arthur   filed   last  week  by  Liberty
Consulting Group for the Nova  Scotia  Utility
and  Review  Board  (UARB).  In a report filed
with the UARB on Tuesday, Nova Scotia Power
agrees to act on almost all of the 32 findings by
the consultant on ways to improve its response.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

2014 Sep 15
Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Report:  July 2014

[51 pages]
This report – which covers the activities for the month of July 2014 –
is prepared by Lower Churchill Management Corporation, the Nalcor
Energy subsidiary responsible for managing the construction of the
Muskrat  Falls   hydroelectric   generating  facility,   the  Labrador
Transmission Assets and the Labrador-Island Transmission Link.

Manufacturing and testing of the  Belle  Isle  Strait  submarine cables in Japan is
progressing as planned.  The mass impregnation insulation process is completed
for the first submarine cable and application of the outer layers and armour is
underway.   Stranding   for   the   second   cable   has   commenced.

Design and manufacturing of the turbines and generators by Andritz Hydro Canada
is proceeding on schedule.  Manufacturing of the generator (sic) is also progressing
on schedule.  The first stay ring, draft tube liner and circular passage door were
completed in July and are scheduled to be shipped from China next month.

This report provides the monthly update on the following projects
associated with the Muskrat Falls development:
•  the 824 megawatt hydroelectric development at Muskrat Falls
              (the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating facility);
•  two 315 kilovolt High Voltage alternating current (HVac)
              transmission lines between Muskrat Falls and
              Churchill Falls (the Labrador Transmission Assets); and
•  the 1,100 km long High Voltage direct current (HVdc)
              transmission line between Muskrat Falls and
              Soldiers Pond (the Labrador-Island Transmission Link).



References:

Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Reports
•  August 2014
•  July 2014
•  June 2014
•  May 2014
•  April 2014
•  March 2014
•  February 2014
•  January 2014
•  December 2013
•  November 2013
•  October 2013
•  September 2013

•  Nalcor's Corporate Structure

2014 Sep 10
Cable work to be ‘final piece’
in tidal project

Nova Scotia's tidal energy project is on course, and
work is underway to lay power cables in the Minas
Passage this fall.  The four cables range from two
to three kilometres in length and are about 15 cm
in diameter.  They have two layers of galvanized
steel armour and tough plastic for protection and
contain three copper cables that will conduct the
high-voltage electrical power, plus copper control
wires so  turbine  operators  on shore  can adjust
their  equipment  and  24 fibre  optic  strands  to
transmit data from the machine to shore.  Earlier
this week, workers began installing connectors to
the cables.  These "dry mate" connectors will seal
and protect the ends of the cables that will remain
unused at the bottom of the Minas Channel until
the  new  test  turbines  are  hooked  up.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

2014 Sep 12
‘Catching up to
the rest of the world’
Community putting a name on
wind energy project in Upper Pockwock
Sounds of awestruck children travelled the aisles of
two chartered  buses,  packed with 141 passengers
on their way to sign a 49-metre [161-feet] long blade
belonging to one of five wind turbines on Sept. 12th.
The   total   cost   for   the   five  Vestas V-100  wind
turbines is $29 million and they'll provide about ten
megawatts  of  local,  clean  energy  to  more  than
3,200  homes   in   the   Upper   Pockwock   area.
As a thanks to  shareholders  and local community
members,  Terry  Norman,  president  of Chebucto
Pockwock   Lake   Wind   Field   (CPL)  arranged a
special trip to the  secure  site,  located  on Halifax
Regional Water  Commission  property, to view the
turbines  and  sign  their  name  on  a  blade.  The
project is  expected  to come in on budget and be
operational   around   November.   The   energy
generated will be sold to NS Power, which will
distribute the electricity to households
and small businesses in the area.
Herald Bedford-Sackville, Halifax

2014 Sep 12
Tribute joins Fundy tidal race
Tribute Resources has joined Fundy Tidal to
develop the 1.95MW Digby Gut small-scale
marine energy project in Nova Scotia, on the
east  coast  of Canada.  The team, as Digby
Gut  Ltd,   will   build   the   community-scale
COMFIT project for operation in autumn 2015
in Grand and Petit Passages in Digby County.
The partners will work with Dutch tidal turbine
producer  Tocardo  to commission the project,
which may  include the  installation  of up to 16
T200 turbines and the design and development
of a  floating  barge  platform  to  house  them.
reNews newsletter, Winchester, Hampshire, UK
2014 Aug 27
Alstom secures a major HVDC
contract in Atlantic Canada
Alstom – a large  manufacturer  of electrical
equipment  and   related   products,  and  an
employer    of    93,000   people    in    about
100  countries – has  been  awarded   a   major
contract for the 900 MW  ±350 kV  direct current
(HVDC)  Labrador-Island  Transmission  Link  in
Newfoundland and Labrador.  The  transmission
link – part  of  Nalcor  Energy's  Lower  Churchill
Project – will stretch 1100 km from Muskrat Falls
in  Labrador   to   Soldiers  Pond,  Newfoundland.
Alstom   will   design,   supply,   and   install   an
end-to-end  HVDC  solution   with   the  following
features:   (1)  Two   Line   Commuted  Converter
stations,   near   Muskrat  Falls  (AC to DC)  and
Soldiers Pond   (DC  to  AC)   near  St. John's, to
convert  alternating current  to  direct current, and
vice-versa; and (2)Two cable compounds on both
shores  of  the  Strait  of  Belle  Isle  to  connect
underwater   cables   crossing   the   strait   to
the  onshore  overhead  transmission  lines.
Alstom, Levallois-Perret, France

2014 Aug 29
Drilling finished for
Labrador-Island Link
Drilling required for the laying of power cables
across the Strait of Belle Isle, ultimately to feed
energy from the  hydroelectric  dam at Muskrat
Falls to the island of  Newfoundland, has been
completed.  The   sixth   and   final  bore  hole
required for the 35-kilometre underwater cable
crossing was completed Thursday, Aug. 28th.
The bore  holes  begin  on  dry  land, then go
down and run out into deep water,  to protect
the  electric  power  cables  in  the  shallower
water   close   to   shore.   The  holes  run  out
2,000 metres from shore on the Newfoundland
side  of  the  Strait  and   1,200 metres  on  the
Labrador side.  The companies will now move
on  to  installing   transitional   casing  on  the
seafloor,  where  the  cables  come  out,  at a
depth  of  70  metres  [230 feet].   These  cable
conduits are  scheduled  to be  finished by late
2014, before being inspected using a remotely
operated  vehicle.  Then,  a  cable-laying ship
will be  used  to  lay  the  three  cables – one
+250kV, one -250kV, and a spare – of the link
across   the   seafloor,   with  another  vessel
covering each cable with rock for protection.
The entire  project  is  scheduled  to be
finished  in  late  2016.
The Gulf News, Port aux Basques

Reference:
•  Lower Churchill Project to move forward with
next major phase of underwater cable crossing
activity in Strait of Belle Isle

August 28, 2014
2014 Sep 09
Consultant targets NSP website,
forecasting in Arthur report
Consultants recommend changes
in wake of post-tropical storm
On Tuesday, September 9th, the Liberty Consulting
Group   filed   a  review   of  Nova   Scotia   Power's
response to post-tropical storm Arthur with the Nova
Scotia  Utility  and  Review  Board.   Arthur  hit  the
province early on July 5th and blasted Nova Scotia
with winds measuring up to 140 km/h for much of
the day, leaving about half the utility's customers
– 245,000 – without  power,  the  report  states.
Full restoration took a week.  In the aftermath,
the  utility  was  loudly  criticized  for its
inaccurate  restoration  times.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

2014 Aug 20
Nova Scotia Power blames
worse than predicted storm
for outage response problems
Nova Scotia Power says higher than forecast winds
in areas with an abundance of  roadside  trees were
among the challenges it faced in restoring electricity
to  tens  of  thousands  of customers following storm
Arthur.  The  power  company  filed  a  report  to the
province's  Utility   and   Review   Board   yesterday,
August 19th,  outlining  its  response  to  the  July 5
storm.  In the 172-page  report,  the utility  acknowl-
edges the  considerable  impact  to customers who
waited days for their power to be restored after the
storm hit.  It also says its communications systems
were swamped due to more calls from customers
than  ever  before  and  capacity  was  reduced
after  technical  problems  occurred  with
its  telecommunications  supplier.
The Citizen Record, Amherst

2014 Aug 20
Province raps NSP
on post-Arthur outages
Minister 'disappointed' with
utility's call for tree trimming
in  storm  response  report
Nova Scotia's energy minister Andrew Younger
is  expressing   skepticism   with  a  key  part  of
Nova Scotia Power's response on its restoration
efforts   following   post-tropical   storm   Arthur,
saying the company's position that more trees
need to be  trimmed  to prevent power lines
from  coming  down  is  simplistic.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

2014 Aug 23
Foundation Pouring Underway
for first tower foundation
at the Sable Wind Project
Saturday, August 23rd was a very important day at
the  Sable  Wind  site,  near the Canso - Hazel Hill
area.   Beginning   at  5:00am,  27  cement  trucks
travelling  on   Route  16   began  trucking  almost
70 loads of concrete to the site which was poured
to  prepare   the  foundation   pad  for  Turbine #1.
Once   started,   this   procedure   had  to  be
completed   in   one   continuous   pour.
What's New - Sable Wind
Municipality of the District of Guysborough

2014 Aug 19
Arthur brought stronger
winds than expected:
Nova Scotia Power
Winds that were stronger than forecast caused
major   challenges   for   Nova   Scotia  Power
following post-tropical storm Arthur last month,
but  the  utility  said  its  response  was  within
industry standards.  On Tuesday, August 19th,
NSP  filed  a report  on its  preparedness  for
and response to the storm at the request of
the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.
The board is looking at the issue following
requests from Premier Stephen McNeil as
well as the  official  Opposition  Tories.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

2014 Aug 19
Nova Scotia Power files
report with UARB on response
to post-tropical storm Arthur
Nova Scotia Power will work on improving
communications with customers in big storms,
the company says in a report filed Tuesday,
August 19th, with the Nova Scotia Utility and
Review Board.  The report was prepared in
the wake of Arthur, the powerful wind storm
that hit Nova Scotia July 5th and left many
people  in  the  dark  for  days.
Digby County Courier, Digby
2014 Aug 19
Nova Scotia Power defends
efforts following Arthur,
likens it to hurricane Juan
In  eight  days,  Nova  Scotia  Power's  call
answering system fielded 425,123 calls, above
the 416,664 calls it received in the two weeks
following  hurricane  Juan.   The utility says its
communications systems were swamped due to
more calls from customers than ever before and
capacity was reduced after technical problems
occurred with its telecommunications supplier.
More than 24,000 calls were disconnected
by  the  system.
Bridge River Lillooet News, B.C.

2014 Aug 18
Concrete starts to flow
at Muskrat Falls
The concrete work for Muskrat Falls on Labrador's
Lower   Churchill   River   started   today.   Nalcor
Energy  has  issued  a news release marking the
start of  concrete pouring for the spillway structure
at the Muskrat Falls site.  The  facility  will  require
large  quantities  of concrete  for the spillway,
powerhouse  and  dam  structures.
Northern Pen, St. Anthony
2014 Aug 19
Post-Tropical Storm Arthur
Review of NS Power's Storm Response
Nova Scotia Power submitted its report to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board
today, as part of the independent review related to post-tropical storm Arthur.

•  Report  Review of NS Power's Storm Response [173 pages]
•  Section   3 - Appendices 3.01-3.31  Emergency Services Restoration Plan [290 pages]
•  Section   4 - Appendices 4.01-4.04  Level 3 Restoration [62 pages]
•  Section   5 - Appendix 5.01  Damage Assessment Timeline [20 pages]
•  Section   6 - Appendix 6.01  Detailed Transmission Events Log [7 pages]
•  Section   9 - Appendices 9.01-9.02  NS Power Annual SAIFI* and SAIDI* [8 pages]
•  Section 10 - Appendix 10.01  NSPI News Release - July 9, 2014 [3 pages]
•  Section 13 - Appendix 13.01  Davies Consulting LLC - Relevant Experience [4 pages]
         * SAIFI - System Average Interruption Frequency Index
         * SAIDI - System Average Interruption Duration Index

2014 Aug 15
Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Report:  June 2014

[50 pages]
This report – which covers the activities for the month of June 2014 –
is prepared by Lower Churchill Management Corporation, the Nalcor
Energy subsidiary responsible for managing the construction of the
Muskrat  Falls   hydroelectric   generating  facility,   the  Labrador
Transmission Assets and the Labrador-Island Transmission Link.

Fabrication of the first stator frame for the Muskrat Falls
electric generators has commenced.  Each stator is designed
to deliver 229 MVA at 15 kV, 8820 amperes, 90% power factor.
The Muskrat Falls powerhouse will contain four turbine-generator
units, operating under a rated net head of 35 m.  Each unit will
be complete with speed governor and static excitation system.

This report provides the monthly update on the following projects
associated with the Muskrat Falls development:
•  the 824 megawatt hydroelectric development at Muskrat Falls
              (the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating facility);
•  two 315 kilovolt High Voltage alternating current (HVac)
              transmission lines between Muskrat Falls and
              Churchill Falls (the Labrador Transmission Assets); and
•  the 1,100 km long High Voltage direct current (HVdc)
              transmission line between Muskrat Falls and
              Soldiers Pond (the Labrador-Island Transmission Link).

Nalcor Energy, St. John's



References:

Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Reports
•  July 2014
•  June 2014
•  May 2014
•  April 2014
•  March 2014
•  February 2014
•  January 2014
•  December 2013
•  November 2013
•  October 2013
•  September 2013
•  August 2013

•  Nalcor's Corporate Structure

2014 Aug 11
Alberta-based company to
construct transmission line
for Muskrat Falls project
A subsidiary of Crown-owned Nalcor Energy has
selected   Valard  Construction   to   install   infra-
structure   for   the   Labrador   to   Newfoundland
transmission link for the $8.5 billion Muskrat Falls
hydroelectric   project.   The  Labrador-Island Link
Partnership says Alberta-based Valard, a Quanta
Services company, is to install about 1,100 km of
350 kilovolt overhead  high  voltage lines running
from  the   Muskrat  Falls  generating  facility  in
central Labrador to the Avalon Peninsula.  The
installation  of the  power  lines  is expected
to  be  completed  by  the  summer  of 2017.
The Canadian Press
2014 Aug 11
Quanta Services Selected
by Nalcor Energy for
Labrador-Island Link HVdc
Transmission Project
Quanta  Services  Inc.   today   announced   that
Valard Construction, a Quanta Services company,
has   been   selected   by   Labrador-Island  Link
Partnership,  a  subsidiary  of Nalcor Energy, to
install   transmission    infrastructure    for   the
Labrador-Island   Transmission   Link   project.
Valard   will   install   approximately   684 miles
(1,100 kilometres)   of   350-kilovolt   overhead
high-voltage direct current (HVdc) transmission
line running from the Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric
Generating   Facility   in   central  ; Labrador   to
Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula.  The project
is expected to be completed during the summer
of  2017.  Valard's  scope  of  work  includes  all
construction  aspects  of  the  project,  including
geomatic services, management of right-of-way
clearing, access and reclamation, installation of
concrete  foundations,  tower  assembly  and
erection  and  conductor  stringing.
Quanta Services, Inc. press release
2014 Aug 01
Marshall talks oversight,
oversight and more oversight
on Muskrat Falls
Tom  Marshall,  Premier  of  Newfoundland  and
Labrador,  rattled  off  a  laundry  list  of  oversight
mechanisms in place for the Muskrat Falls project,
assuring people that the $8.5-billion mega-venture
is being  properly  managed.   Thursday  morning,
July 31st,  Marshall  was  speaking  to  the media
about  the   Muskrat  Falls  Oversight  Committee
chaired by the  government's  top bureaucrat and
made up of many of  the  most  senior  members
of   the   civil   service.     In   February,   Natural
Resources Minister Derrick Dalley said he didn't
feel he needed to see the report of the Muskrat
Falls  independent  engineer,   appointed  as  a
condition   of   the    federal    loan   guarantee,
because he was already confident with what
Nalcor  officials  were  telling  him...
The News, New Glasgow
2014 Aug 08
Strengthening the
Provincial Electricity System
Consultant Retained
for Independent Review
of Electricity System
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
today   announced   that  a   contract  has  been
awarded  to  Power Advisory LLC  for  the inde-
pendent   review   of  the  electricity  system  in
Newfoundland and Labrador.  The  final  report
will be  made  available  to  the  public.  Power
Advisory  LLC   will   examine   the  operation,
management  and  regulation  of  the current
electricity  system  to  ensure  reliability and
security  as  well  as  a  smooth  transition
into  an  interconnected  system.
Department of Natural Resources
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
2014 Aug 11
Independent Review of
Newfoundland and Labrador
Electricity System
Power Advisory LLC  has  been  retained by
the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador
to  conduct  an  independent  review  of  the
electricity system.  Power Advisory LLC will
examine the  operation,  management  and
regulation  of the current electricity system
to ensure  reliability  and  security  as well
as a  smooth  transition  into an
interconnected  system.
Power Advisory LLC, Concord, Massachusetts

Power Advisory LLC Blog
2014 Jul 29
Whynotts Community
Wind Farm construction begins
Construction of the Whynotts Community Wind
project is  about  half  way through construction.
Production of  electrical  energy  is expected to
begin  in  September.  Two  wind  turbines  are
being installed that will produce four megawatts.
The project has a contract to sell the energy to
Nova Scotia Power for 20 years at a fixed rate
of 13.1 cents per kWh.  The  project  is  a part-
nership  between  Community   Wind   Farms
Inc, a  Mi'kmaq  rights  organization  called
Kwilmu'kw Maw-klusuaqn,  Firelight  Infra-
structure Partners and juwi Wind Canada.
Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Bridgewater
2014 Jul 29
UARB looks for public input
on Arthur review
Global TV News video   8:05
The Utility and Review Board's review of Nova
Scotia Power's response to post-tropical storm
Arthur  is  ongoing,  and  residents  will  get  a
chance to say how the storm affected them.
2014 Jul 30
Nova Scotia Department
of  Energy – Notice  of
Intention to Participate
The Nova Scotia Department of Energy
officially   announces   its   intention  to
participate  in the  UARB's  Review  of
Nova   Scotia   Power   Incorporated's
state  of  prepardness  and  response
to  post-tropical  storm  Arthur
N.S. Energy Department
2014 Jul 16
Fifty-seven expropriations
approved to make way for
Maritime Link power lines
The  Nova  Scotia  government  has  approved
expropriation  for  easements  on  57  properties
in Cape Breton to make way for overhead power
transmission lines from the Maritime Link, a pair
of  underwater  cables  bringing  hydroelectric
power from  Newfoundland  and Labrador.
The   expropriations   were   approved   by
order-in-council Tuesday, July 15th.  In May,
NSP Maritime Link Inc., a subsidiary of Nova
Scotia Power, applied to the provincial Energy
Department    for    approval   to   expropriate
easements  on  32 parcels  of  land  along the
planned corridor from the underwater cable's
landfall  at  Point Aconi  to the  Woodbine
power  substation  south  of  Sydney.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2014 Jul 18
A power player in
Nova Scotia's burgeoning
clean energy market
Chris Huskilson drives a battery-powered
Chevy  Volt  from  his  lakefront  home  to
Emera  Inc.'s  gleaming  headquarters  on
the Halifax waterfront, a former power plant
that  was  given   a   $53-million   makeover,
transforming it into one of the Maritimes' most
most  environmentally-advanced  buildings.
His  electric  car  and  his  company's  new
headquarters  are  outward  signs  of  the
CEO's decade-long strategy to transform
Emera from a sleepy holding company
for   Nova   Scotia   Power   into   an
industry-leading  growth  story...
The Globe and Mail
2014 Jul 24
Letter of Comment
by Richard Plett
Cumberland County
To  the  UARB
Re: Nova Scotia Power Incorporated's
state of prepardness and response
to post-tropical storm Arthur
2014 Jul 15
Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Report:  May 2014

[48 pages]
This report – which covers the activities for the month of May 2014 –
is prepared by Lower Churchill Management Corporation, the Nalcor
Energy subsidiary responsible for managing the construction of the
Muskrat  Falls   hydroelectric   generating  facility,   the  Labrador
Transmission Assets and the Labrador-Island Transmission Link.

This report provides the monthly update on the following projects
associated with the Muskrat Falls development:
•  the 824 megawatt hydroelectric development at Muskrat Falls
              (the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating facility);
•  two 315 kilovolt High Voltage alternating current (HVac)
              transmission lines between Muskrat Falls and
              Churchill Falls (the Labrador Transmission Assets); and
•  the 1,100 km long High Voltage direct current (HVdc)
              transmission line between Muskrat Falls and
              Soldiers Pond (the Labrador-Island Transmission Link).

Nalcor Energy, St. John's



References:

Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Reports
•  June 2014
•  May 2014
•  April 2014
•  March 2014
•  February 2014
•  January 2014
•  December 2013
•  November 2013
•  October 2013
•  September 2013
•  August 2013

•  Nalcor's Corporate Structure

2014 Jul 15
NS Government approves
fifty-seven expropriations
to   make   way   for
Maritime Link power lines

Nova Scotia Orders-In-Council
July 15, 2014
The Governor in Council is pleased
to  approve  the expropriation by
NSP Maritime Link Incorporated
of   the   following   properties,
the expropriation being necessary
and  useful  for  the  purposes
of the Maritime Link Project:

•  OIC 2014-260
•  OIC 2014-261
•  OIC 2014-262
•  OIC 2014-263
•  OIC 2014-264
•  OIC 2014-265
•  OIC 2014-266
•  OIC 2014-267
•  OIC 2014-268
•  OIC 2014-269

•  OIC 2014-270
•  OIC 2014-271
•  OIC 2014-272
•  OIC 2014-273
•  OIC 2014-274
•  OIC 2014-275
•  OIC 2014-276
•  OIC 2014-277
•  OIC 2014-278
•  OIC 2014-279

•  OIC 2014-280
•  OIC 2014-281
•  OIC 2014-282
•  OIC 2014-283
•  OIC 2014-284
•  OIC 2014-285
•  OIC 2014-286
•  OIC 2014-287
•  OIC 2014-288
•  OIC 2014-289

•  OIC 2014-290
•  OIC 2014-291
•  OIC 2014-292
•  OIC 2014-293
•  OIC 2014-294
•  OIC 2014-295
•  OIC 2014-296
•  OIC 2014-297
•  OIC 2014-298
•  OIC 2014-299

•  OIC 2014-300
•  OIC 2014-301
•  OIC 2014-302
•  OIC 2014-303
•  OIC 2014-304
•  OIC 2014-305
•  OIC 2014-306
•  OIC 2014-307
•  OIC 2014-308
•  OIC 2014-309

•  OIC 2014-310
•  OIC 2014-311
•  OIC 2014-312
•  OIC 2014-313
•  OIC 2014-314
•  OIC 2014-315
•  OIC 2014-316

2014 Jul 14
Job openings for
Emera's Maritime Link Project
Emera Newfoundland and Labrador has developed
a quarterly newsletter to ensure stakeholders such
as  local   communities   are  kept  up-to-date  on
project activities.  According to the newsletter, an
average  of  300 workers  will  be  required for the
Maritime  Link  Project  between  2014  and  2017.
On the island of Newfoundland, people interested
in  working  on  the  project  are   encouraged   to
register  with  IBEW  Local 1620,  which  will  be
coordinating with contractors on hiring.  In Cape
Breton, those wanting to apply for work related to
transmission aspects of the project should register
with IBEW Local 1928.  The company has started
tree clearing along the transmission right-of-way
in Cape Breton with MacLean Forestry and in
western Newfoundland with Major's Logging.
The Pilot, Lewisporte



References:
•  Maritime Link Project
•  Maritime Link Project Overview
•  Operation of the HVDC System
•  Horizontal Directional Drilling
•  Emera NL launches quarterly newsletter
•  The Link: Quarterly Newsletter
Issue 01 - Summer 2014

2014 Jul 11
NSP's top guy apologized
for wrong thing
Hanf said that the company made preparations
in advance of the storm.  Perhaps those prep-
arations should include ongoing tree-trimming
practices.  Maintenance  is  the  real  problem.
And perhaps the power utility and its regulator
should make sure that NSP's response to the
next weather event  starts  right  now
with  better  maintenance.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

2014 Jul 11
Out of storm comes political gales
The Utility and Review Board announced Friday,
July 11th, it  will  undertake a  detailed  review of
NSP's  performance  in the  wake  of the storm.
While there  were  200,000  customers  across a
broad swath of the province without power in the
wake of the storm, no area was  harder  hit than
the southwestern  and  valley  regions.  As of
Friday afternoon, there were still 1,470 Nova
Scotia homes and businesses without power,
many of them in the premier's home region of
the Annapolis Valley.  In McNeil's family home
in Upper Granville, the lights didn't come on
until Thursday (five days after the storm).
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
2014 Jul 12
Editorial: Nova Scotia Power
has hard lessons to learn
On Thursday, July 3rd, Hurricane Arthur was still
swirling and strengthening off the coast of the U.S.
and was forecast to march northeast and hit Nova
Scotia  on  that  Saturday.   Nova  Scotia  Power
issued a news release that all was still well ... that
they  were   “ready”   for  Arthur  and  were  “well
prepared  to  respond”  to  the  forecasted  storm.
At the time we and most  everyone  else  believed
them...  You  know  what  happened...  We're sure
the  power  utility  will  learn  some  lessons  as  a
result of the fallout from its response to the storm.
We've  certainly  learned  ours.
The Hants Journal, Windsor
2014 Jul 11
Finding online copies of official documents re the
UARB's Review of NSPI's response to storm Arthur

              In the Board's website
•  (1) Click on “Cases & Evidence”.
•  (2) Locate search window “Find Cases by Case Number”.
•  (3) Insert in “Search Term” Matter ID No. M06321.
•  (4) Click on “Go Get It”. 
•  (5) A new webpage will open.
•  (6) In the new webpage, click on the link “M06321”.

Finding online copies
of official documents
in the UARB website

2014 Jul 11
Premier wants review of NSP's performance during storm
Premier  Stephen  McNeil  has asked  the  province's  utilities  regulator  to assess
Nova Scotia Power Corp.'s performance after the weekend's intense storm left much
of the province without power.  “We've  asked that  they  expedite  it... and the (Nova
Scotia  Utility  and  Review)  board has agreed to do so,” McNeil said in a telephone
interview following a press conference  in  Middleton  on  Friday morning.  As of 2pm
Friday, 1,470 Nova Scotians were still without power.  NSP vowed to have everyone
back online before Saturday. In McNeil's case, his family had electricity restored at
their Upper Granville home Thursday.  The public will be able to participate in the
review process to express their frustrations and make recommendations.  Details
of the review are still being worked out.  The URB will finalize how it will conduct
the process next week.  The premier also expects the board to make
short-term  and  long-term  recommendations.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax



Reference:

UARB Report:  Feb. 9, 1998
•  Widespread Electric Power Failures in Nova Scotia
Storm of 27-28 November 1997

The  existing  setup  at  the  Call  Centre
did not seem able to handle the magnitude
of incoming calls experienced (75,829 calls
on Thursday evening and early Friday morning)...


Job Cuts Made Blackout More Severe:
If Nova Scotia Power Inc. had pulled the plug on fewer linesmen,
an early winter storm wouldn't have left  so  many  homes  in the
dark for so long, says a report released this day by the provincial
regulator,  the  Nova  Scotia  Utilities  and  Review  Board...

—Source: The Halifax Daily News, 10 February 1998
(sixteen years and five months ago)

(The UARB) ordered NSP to investigate and recommend
a course  of  action  by  Dec. 30, 1998,  that  will look at...
restoring  the  number  of lineworkers to  1994  levels at
a minimum... The report  noted  the investigation came
after  complaints  to  the  Board  from  electricity users
who  lost  power  in the  November  storm and political
leaders who also complained about the frequency and
duration of power outages over the past few years...
NSP said Monday...it is  always  interested
in  learning  from  outages...

—Source: The Cape Breton Post 10 February 1998
(sixteen years and five months ago)

Background: Power Failure Report Handed In  1998 Jan 08



Also see:
•  Union raps NSP over technicians list  Chronicle-Herald, April 23, 2014
•  Information  Memo  from  IBEW  Local  1928  April 22, 2014
•  NS Power 2014 Power Line Technician Staffing...Report  April 17, 2014

2014 Jul 11
Utility and Review Board
to review
Nova Scotia Power
response to Arthur
What happened with the electrical grid when
Arthur  hit  is  going  to  be  examined  by  the
province's Utility and Review Board.  Premier
Stephen McNeil announced in Middleton that
the government and the  UARB  have agreed
to a priority review of  Nova  Scotia  Power's
response  to the  July 5  post-tropical storm.
Speaking outside of his  constituency  office,
along with  Energy  Minister  Andrew Younger
and minister responsible for EMO Mark Furey,
McNeil  said  there  are  still  1,300 customers
without power on July 11th, including his own
family.  He acknowledged the loss of food was
a burden on low-income and other vulnerable
Nova  Scotians.    Energy  Minister  Andrew
Younger said that Annapolis County was prob-
ably  the  hardest  hit,  but so far  there are no
estimates on how much the storm damage will
cost  to  repair.  He  added  that  much  of the
severe damage occurred at electrical substa-
tions and other  key  pieces  of infrastructure,
taking  out  entire  areas  in  neighbourhoods
without much visible damage to power lines.
He added  that one of the  major  frustrations
many people experienced was a lack of infor-
mation  about  where  power  outages  were
located and the inaccurate information about
restoration times.  Younger said that while he
didn't lose electricity in either his Dartmouth
home or his office, Nova Scotia Power inclu-
ded his addresses on their outage list, while
people who lost power in other areas were
told that their service was working fine.
Annapolis County Spectator, Annapolis Royal



References:

•  Premier's letter to the UARB
July 10, 2014

•  NOTICE OF REVIEW
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board
is   conducting   a   review   of
Nova Scotia Power Incorporated's
state of preparedness and response to the
5 July 2014 post-tropical storm Arthur.

July 10, 2014

•  Utility Board Agrees to Priority Review
of Nova Scotia Power's Storm Response
(as requested by Premier McNeil)

July 11, 2014

•  Utility Board Report on
Widespread Electric Power Failures
in Nova Scotia
(as requested by Premier MacLellan)

February 9, 1998

2014 Jul 10
Everyone connected by
Saturday – crews arrive
from Maine to help
Nova Scotia  Power's  Director  of Field
Operations says they should have everyone
hooked  up  by  Saturday,  July 12th.  Frank
Woodworth,  speaking  to the  Digby Courier
by phone on Thursday, July 10th, said crews
in the eastern area of Nova Scotia had things
back to normal; in the central area they were
just mopping up the last few areas today and
the power  utility  was concentrating efforts in
the  western  end of  Nova  Scotia.  As of this
afternoon, Nova  Scotia  Power still had about
3900 customers without power, with the great
majority in the  western  part  of the province.
Of the  187  crews  (typically two linesmen per
crew) at work province-wide, over 160 of them
are in the  western  end  of the province, from
Avonport and Chester westward to Yarmouth.
Those  crews  were  joined  today  by  20 men
from  Emera  Maine  who brought nine trucks
over on the 3pm ferry to Digby from St. John.
Digby County Courier, Digby

2014 Jul 10
Emergency Crews Make
Final Push to Restore
Electricity in Valley
Emergency Management Office Minister Mark
Furey said today, July 10th, crews are making
a significant  effort  to restore  power  to Nova
Scotians still  without  it, five days after post-
tropical  storm  Arthur.  "Our  first  priority  is
making sure that electricity is  restored  to all
areas as quickly as possible," said Mr. Furey.
Most of the province felt Arthur's impact, with
some  places  hit with up to  140 km/h  winds,
which felled trees and brought power outages.
About   3,900   Nova  Scotians   are   without
electrical service, 2,200 of them in the Valley
region.  This  is  down  from  a peak
of about 165,000 households.
Emergency Management Office (EMO) press release



References:

•  Hurricane Arthur (2014)  Wikipedia

•  Upgraded HWRF and GFDL Hurricane Models
Excelled During Hurricane Arthur

NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL)
NWS Hurricane Weather Research Forecast (HWRF)
2014 Jul 10
West Hants woman's
Facebook complaint
about Nova Scotia Power
goes viral
A no-holds-barred letter to Nova Scotia Power,
written by a resident of Falmouth, Hants County,
following  post-tropical  storm  Arthur,  has gone
viral  on  social  media.  Janet   Lunn's   lament,
posted as a  Facebook  note shortly before 6pm
on Tuesday, July 8 – the fourth day of the power
blackout – tells  the  tale  of  an  annoyed  Nova
Scotia  Power  customer  expecting  to be  left in
the dark for another 48 to 72 hours after already
living  without   electricity   for  82 hours.  "I have
three  voicemails  on my phone  advising me that
you have  restored  my  power," the  letter reads.
"I was shocked to hear this yet again because my
lights still don't work and the hot water is very, very
cold...  Remember  the time my power was out for
two  days  due to fog?" she continued in her letter.
"Convinced  I  must  have  misheard  you  I asked
again  why  my  power was out since the weather
was calm,  no  accidents  had occurred and there
were no reported beaver sightings gnawing at the
power poles in my neighbourhood.  The reply was
that  there  was  fog  on  the  lines.  I admit  I have
some passing knowledge of a fog that could have
caused  such  an  outage  but  that  was from a
Stephen King story and I believe it also grew
tentacles and  ate  people which I don't
recall  occurring  in  this  instance."
The Hants Journal, Windsor



References:
•  Complete text of Janet Lunn's
letter to Nova Scotia Power


•  Frustrated Nova Scotia hydro customer
uses the power of Facebook
Toronto Star, July 14, 2014
2014 Jul 09
Swiss  firm  inks  link  deal
High-voltage electricity specialists
to  build  converter  stations  in
Cape Breton and Newfoundland
ABB's contract  includes  construction  of AC-DC
converter  stations at  Woodbine  in Cape Breton
and Bottom Brook on the island of Newfoundland.
The   award   also   covers   two   high-voltage
substations in Newfoundland and another in
Nova Scotia, as well as a cable transition
station in each province.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax




Cabot Strait
There will be two underwater cables ±200kV
crossing Cabot Strait.  Each cable, one positive
and  the  other  negative,  is  designed  to  carry
1250 amperes   at   200 kV,  delivering  250 MW.
Two cables can deliver a total of 500 MW across
the Strait.  Manufacturing of the two high-voltage
cables,  each  about  170 km long, is expected to
begin  in  2015.  Due  to  the  large  scale  of this
project,  one  cable  wll  be  manufactured at the
Nexans  factory  in Japan and the other at at the
Nexans  factory  in  Norway.  The  laying  of  the
cables across  Cabot  Strait  is expected to begin
in the  second  quarter  of  2017.  The  design of
this  system  takes  into  account  the  magnetic
effect   of    this    high-current    DC    loop   on
navigational  compasses  in  ships traversing
the  Strait  above  the  cables.
Hatch Ltd., January 26, 2013
Nexans Norway, February 06, 2014
2014 Jul 09
ABB awarded $400 million order for Maritime Link power project
ABB, a giant electrical manufacturing company based in Zurich, Switzerland, has been
awarded   a  contract  worth  approximately  $400 million  from  NSP Maritime Link Inc.,
a subsidiary of Emera Inc., to supply a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power trans-
mission system  creating  the  first  electricity  link  between the island of  Newfoundland
and the North American power grid in Nova Scotia.  In addition to two AC-DC converter
stations  for  the  ±200 kilovolt (kV)  HVDC  link,  the  project  scope  also  includes
two   230 kV   alternating   current (AC)   substations   in   Newfoundland,  one
345 kV AC substation in Nova Scotia and  two  cable  transition  stations.
The  project  is  scheduled  for  commissioning  in  2017.
ABB Press Release

2014 Jul 08
Baillie touring Valley areas
struck hard by Arthur
Jamie Baillie wants to see first hand some of the
damage  caused  by  Arthur.  The  PC  leader is in
Kings  County  today  to  meet  people  who have
been without power since the post-tropical storm
ripped  through  the area  and  view  the damage
that was left behind.  Preliminary  data  shows the
Annapolis  Valley  as  the  site  of  the  strongest
winds produced by post-tropical storm Arthur, with
Greenwood recording wind gusts up to 138 kilo-
metres per hour.  As of  9am  on  July 8th, there
were still  17,791  customers  without power.  Of
those, the  greatest  concentration  was in Kings
County, where 7,391 customers were still off line.
Annapolis County Spectator, Annapolis Royal

2014 Jul 08
Areas of western Nova Scotia
could be without power
until Friday
As of 1:15pm today, Tuesday July 8th,
there were 14,373 customers  without
service across  Nova  Scotia, with the
biggest  pocket  in  Kings  County.
Kings County Register, Berwick
2014 Jul 09
Crews continue work as
thousands remain without power
four days after Arthur
Nova Scotia Power's website said about 4,000
customers were still without electricity as of 4pm
Wednesday, July 9th.  Bob Hanf, Nova Scotia
Power's president, toured some of the affected
areas around Port Williams in Kings County,
Nova Scotia, and apologized to customers
following widespread complaints about the
communication system set up to inform the
public about outages.  “Our communications
systems... did not work up to the standard that
we are used to and our customers are used to
and for that I apologize,” said Hanf.
Cape Breton Post, Sydney

2014 Jul 08
Premier calls for
improved communication
from Nova Scotia Power
The Premier of Nova Scotia says Nova Scotia
Power has to improve its communication during
outages.  Speaking to journalists via teleconfer-
ence on Tuesday, July 8th, Premier Stephen
McNeil said the biggest frustration for Nova
Scotians was the lack of reliable information
from the power utility.  The Premier said some
of the problems stemmed from an automated
communication system.  "Obviously they have
some issues with that," he said.  "What we
want to see is a better communication plan."
McNeil said his government had "expressed
strongly" their disappointment with the comm-
unications from Nova Scotia Power but he
isn't ready yet to impose penalties.  Currently,
140 crews are in western Nova Scotia, and
additional  crews  have  been  brought  in
from the eastern part of the province.
Digby County Courier, Digby
2014 Jul 08
McNeil: NSP dropped ball
on post-storm communications
Premier Stephen McNeil says his government
has passed along to  Nova  Scotia  Power  just
how exasperated many Nova Scotians are this
week  in  the  aftermath  of  post-tropical  storm
Arthur
.  "The biggest frustration that I've heard
over  and  over  again  has  been  not  that the
power was out  but  the  fact  that  (customers)
kept  being  told  that  it  was going to be on in
24 hours," McNeil said Tuesday (July 8th) in a
telephone news conference.  "And  when that
(time frame)  passed,  it would be  in 24 hours
and then  when  that  passed,  it  would be in
24 hours."  He said there are some obvious
issues  with  the  utility's  automated
communications  program.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

2014 Jul 08
Electricity outages
in Lunenburg County
Still roughly 650 Nova Scotia Power customers
in and  around  Lunenburg  County  are without
electricity.  Among  those  without  power in the
aftermath of post-tropical storm  Arthur  include
more than 435 customers in "Auburndale north
to Colpton and west to Upper Chelsea, North to
Waterloo Lake  including  New Germany, East
Dalhousie  and  Springfield,  south  to  Lower
Cornwall, Lower Cornwall west to West North-
field and all areas in between."   It's estimated
customers  there  will get the lights back on
by 9:30pm Wednesday night, July 9th...
Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Bridgewater

2014 Jul 07
Muskrat Falls work well underway in Forteau
Construction for the Muskrat Falls Project is ramping up in a big way in Southern Labrador, where
drilling began at Forteau Point in June, for the  three  boreholes  necessary  to  take  the  overhead
transmission  line  from  Muskrat  Falls  and  get it across  the  Strait  of  Belle  Isle  with two large
high-voltage  underwater  cables,  and then  on the  Island  side  take  it  up  to  the  high-voltage
overhead  power  line.  The drill  program  had  started  on  the  Island  side and after the three
boreholes were completed on the Island, they  moved  to  Labrador  to commence work there
as soon as the ice cleared.  Presently, 1100 metres has been drilled on the Labrador side.
After  this  borehole  is  finished,  they  will  pull  back  and  complete  two  more.
Northern Pen, St. Anthony



Strait of Belle Isle
Each  borehole  will  have  its  underwater  end  about  70 metres  [about 300 feet]  below
sea level – deep enough to avoid the possibility that an iceberg could damage the cables.
There  will  be  three  underwater  cables  crossing  Belle Isle Strait – one 350kV positive,
one 350kV negative, and one spare cable that will be placed on the seabed in the unlikely
event that  one  of the  cables is damaged.  Each cable is designed to carry 1285 amperes
at 350 kV,  delivering  450 MW.  Two  live  cables  will be able to deliver a total of 900 MW.
It will take well over a year to manufacture the  three  cables,  and they will be installed on
the seabed in the summer of 2016.  Each of the cables will be placed on the seafloor with
about 150 metres of separation and all within a corridor  500 metres wide  by 34 km long.
Independent Engineer Report, November 29, 2013



References:

•  Strait of Belle Isle Marine Cable Crossing


•  Strait of Belle Isle Marine Cable Crossing


•  Strait of Belle Isle Marine Cable Crossing
Options to be Considered (April 2011)

•  Strait of Belle Isle Marine Cable Crossing
Technical Assessment (January 2012)
Failure statistics show that the risk of third-party mechanical damage is
three to five times higher than the risk of internal failures for cable systems...


•  Strait of Belle Isle Marine Cable Crossing
Awarded Contracts



Transmission Corridor

•  Analysis of Current Levels of Accessibility Along the Transmission Corridor
(March 2011)   51 megabytes

•  Environmental Impact Statement: Plain Language Summary
(2011)

•  Environmental Assessment: Document Index
(June 2013)

2014 Jul 07
Maine's Two Largest Utilities
Agree  to  Co-develop
Transmission Projects
in New England
Emera Maine and Central Maine Power
recently   signed   a  memorandum  of
understanding    for    joint    project
development   which   identified a
number of potential projects that
could be developed together.
Iberdrola USA

2014 Jul 06
Updated: Arthur and 'sting jet'
effect knock out power
for thousands
The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane
season had gusts of 120 km/h as a hurricane
and 110 km/h or more after its transformation.
The high winds knocked down trees and power
lines   throughout   the   western   end  of  the
province, with thousands of Nova Scotia Power
customers  without  electricity,  including large
outages through the Annapolis Valley and the
Digby and Clare area.  At 2pm July 6th, there
were  more  than  22,000 customers  without
power in Kings County, 6,300 in Annapolis
County,  and  almost  12,000  out
in  the  Digby  area.
Digby County Courier, Digby

2014 Jul 07
In more ways than one,
NSP customers still in dark
Nova  Scotia  Power  began  Monday, July 7th,
with 50,000 customers powerless as a result of
severe storm  Arthur,  which swept across Nova
Scotia   on   Saturday,   July 5th.   By  Monday
afternoon that number  was  reduced  to  about
32,000.  Energy Minister Andrew Younger said
"people had a  lot  of  difficulty  accessing Nova
Scotia Power's computer system and their call
centre  to  find  out  about  restoration.  That
seems to be the biggest issue at this point."
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

2014 Jul 07
Storm Arthur damage
'as bad as Hurricane Juan'
Nova Scotia Power says “all hands
on deck” in bid to fix downed lines
More  than  24,000  Nova  Scotia  Power
customers were still waiting to be reconnected
Monday  after  post-tropical storm  Arthur  tore
through the Maritimes.  Some people won't get
power back until Friday (July 11th).  Most of the
province  along  the  eastern  shore  and Cape
Breton appear to be back online, but for those
in the  Annapolis  Valley  and the South Shore
area, it could be  late  this  week before they're
reconnected.   NSP tweeted  on  Monday  that
customers in western Nova Scotia could be out
until Friday night.  Central and eastern Nova
Scotia customers could wait until Thursday
night (July 10th) for a reconnection.
CBC News
2014 Jul 05
Waiting for Arthur
at Digby wharf
video  0:37
7am Saturday, July 5th
Digby County Courier, Digby

2014 Jul 05
Arthur knocking down
trees and branches
around Digby County
Wind from tropical storm Arthur is breaking
off branches and  uprooting  trees.  Various
streets and roads including  Hwy 101  have
been blocked temporarily.  Power out is out
in Digby town and around the county.  The
Nova Scotia Power online  outages  map
is  overloaded  and  not  accessible.
Digby County Courier, Digby

2014 Jul 05
Storm Arthur: Nova Scotians
face hours without power
More than 132,000 customers
lose power as storm
moves through province
It could take several hours for power to be restored
to  thousands  of  Nova  Scotians  as  post-tropical
storm  Arthur  sweeps  through  Nova  Scotia.  The
number of reported  power  outages  steadily  rose
during  the  day.  As  of  8pm  (July 5)  Nova  Scotia
Power says approximately 132,000 customers were
without  power,  a drop from  142,000  customers at
6:30pm.  The utility tweeted that it could take up to
six to twelve hours to restore the large outages.
CBC TV News video   3:00
2014 Jul 02
NSP fuel costs questioned
The provincial regulator should disallow
roughly  $5 million  to  $6 million  in 
fuel purchases made by Nova Scotia
Power over  the  past  two  years,
says  a  consultant.
But the biggest amount being questioned by
Liberty   Consulting   Group,   $3.8 million  to
$4.9 million related to natural gas contracts, is
a carryover amount from a previous fuel audit.
The consultant,  working  for the provincial Utility
and  Review  Board,  also  questions  $750,000 in
fuel  costs  tied to the 2012 study.  Liberty says in
its  new  report,  filed  Wednesday,  July 2nd,  that
Nova Scotia Power should be penalized for delays
making   changes   to  its   hedging   program  for
natural  gas  purchases.  If the board agrees, the
amounts in question would have to be covered
by company profit rather than ratepayers.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax



Reference:
•  Liberty Consulting Group Report (redacted)
[249 pages]  2014 July 02

2014 Jul 03
Report raps
Nova Scotia Power
over Trenton mishap
Nova Scotia Power management failed
to  shoulder  its  share  of responsibility
for a mechanical failure at the Trenton
power plant in 2012, a fuel audit says.
Liberty  Consulting  Group   said  in  a
249-page   report   to  the  province's
Utility and Review Board this week that
lapses  on  the  part  of  senior  officials
played a  role  in  the  accident.  “Nova
Scotia Power concluded by assigning
all accountability to the lowest organi-
zational levels, while making no find-
ings of management responsibility,”
the  report  said.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax



Reference:
•  Liberty Consulting Group Report (redacted)
[249 pages]  2014 July 02

2014 Jul 02
Audit of Nova Scotia Power, Inc.'s Fuel Adjustment Mechanism for 2012-2013
Trenton Unit 5: The Incident
[Pages VIII-27 to VIII-30 inclusive]

...At 9:00pm on March 1, 2012, NS Power took Trenton Unit 5 off line for what was thought to be a brief repair.  The turbine
was to be held at rated speed with no load, and immediately re-synchronized after repair work completion.  Running a turbine
unloaded and at rated speed comprises an abnormal and potentially high risk condition.  The back end of the turbine will
overheat and, if given sufficient time, damage to the turbine is likely to occur.  Trenton 5 management believed that the time
running at no load would be less than an hour, and therefore saw no apparent danger to the equipment.

As the work progressed, it became apparent that additional time was necessary.  NS Power indicates that management
understood the potential consequences of continuing in the unloaded but rated speed condition, but elected to do so
nevertheless.  Management further indicates that operations personnel received instructions to monitor conditions closely
while in this state.  Over the next few hours, alarms and other indicators of trouble arose, but operations personnel did not
regard them as serious.  At 12:15am on March 2, 2012, the unit was synchronized; shortly thereafter it became clear that
a major failure had occurred.  The unit was manually tripped at that time.

Investigation determined that a number of erosion shields (devices attached to the edge of the Trenton 5 last stage turbine
blades) separated from the blades, and entered the condenser at high speed.  Damage resulted to condenser tubes, thus
allowing seawater to infiltrate into the feedwater system and then the boiler.  The unit remained out of service for more than
seven months, while cleanup and repair occurred...

...we found insufficient attention by the RCA [root cause analysis] to what we view as one of the most significant root causes.
An alarm that would have instructed the operator to trip the unit was not connected.  The signaling of that alarm and the
indicated response by the operator could have prevented the incident altogether.  A differential expansion alarm did occur,
but a subsequent differential expansion alarm, which would recommend trip, was not connected.  That second alarm is
included in unit operating procedures, giving an operator an expectation of backup and protection.  NS Power believes that
the operator should not have needed this assist.  Management has also opined that the operator would not likely have acted
correctly, even with such a warning.

NS Power concluded by assigning all accountability to the lowest organizational levels, while making no findings of
management responsibility
.  In contrast, NS Power has taken a number of measures that to us clearly demonstrate
recognition that management factors beyond mere operator failure contributed to the incident.  The Company has
taken positive measures to benefit from those lessons learned.  The constructive efforts include a much enhanced
training process, a better definition of supervisory responsibilities, new training in those responsibilities, and enhanced
procedures that will make the kind of operator errors experienced at Trenton 5 less likely.  Liberty reviewed the latter
three initiatives and believes they are appropriate and should be effective.  The need for such measures, however,
also reflects efforts to close gaps that fall clearly within management responsibility.

The March 2012 incident caused Trenton 5 unavailability for more than seven months.  Customers lost the value of
the unit's contribution despite the fact that rates included costs based on a determination that the unit did have value.
That value loss resulted from circumstances that management could have but failed to address until after the incident.
That there may also have been operator errors is not inconsistent with this observation.

One way to measure lost value is to examine the costs of power to replace generation lost by reason of Trenton 5's unavailability.
NS Power and Liberty have discussed a number of approaches for determining value in that manner...   (Emphasis added)

Liberty Consulting Group


Reference:
•  Salt water forces shutdown to NSP power station unit
The Advocate - May 30, 2012
2014 Jul 01
Mahone Bay signs off
on wind farm deal
Mahone Bay has signed off on a service deal with
Antigonish   and   Berwick  to  solidify  the  future
commissioning  of a  16-megawatt  Hants County
wind farm that's  expected  to ensure a long-term
supply of  renewable  energy  to the  trio  of Nova
Scotia municipalities.  The three areas will provide
loan   guarantees   to  the   Alternative  Resource
Energy  Authority  (AREA),  the  ownership  entity
established by the towns, while Minas Basin Pulp
and  Power  Company  will  develop  the  project.
Mahone  Bay  holds  a  10% ownership  share  in
AREA and provided a $2.4 million loan guarantee.
The  three  towns'  electrical  utilities  could  start
getting fed  the  new  wind  capacity  by  next fall.
About seven turbines are expected to be built
in the  Ellershouse  area  of  West Hants.
Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Bridgewater

2015 Q1-Q2   2014 Q3-Q4   2014 Q1-Q2   2013   2012   2011   2010

 

2014  Q1-Q2
January - June

2014 Jun 25
Muskrat Falls is on schedule
Gull Island is inevitable
The Muskrat Falls project "remains on
schedule for first power in 2017," Nalcor
Energy  president  and  CEO  Ed  Martin
said in a speech delivered on June 23rd
at Expo Labrador, a large trade show
that  takes  place  annually  in
Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Northern Pen, St. Anthony
2014 Jun 26
Cost of Muskrat Falls project jumps
by $800 million for Nalcor Energy

The cost of building the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric
project in Labrador has risen by nearly $800 million
for Nalcor Energy with the price tag now forecast at
just  under  $7 billion.  The  joint  project  with Nova
Scotia utility Emera would bring power from Muskrat
Falls to the island of Newfoundland and on to Nova
Scotia  through  a   complex   system   of  overland
transmission   and   underwater  cables.   Nalcor's
share  of  the  project  was  $6.2 billion,  but is now
estimated at $6.99 billion.  The total cost estimate
for the  project  now stands at about $8.5 billion,
with   Emera    spending    $1.5  billion   on   the
underwater cable between the two provinces.
The Telegram, St. John's
2014 Jun 26
Muskrat Falls costs going up,
project still on schedule: Nalcor
According to today's update, Nalcor is
still on  track  to meet the  schedule  for
first power from Muskrat Falls in 2017.
The Labradorian, Happy Valley-Goose Bay



Reference:
•  Independent Engineers' Report
2013 November 29
2014 Jun 24
Fundy Tidal Inc. of Digby County teams with Scottish firm on project
Fundy Tidal Inc. of  Westport,  Digby County,  announced Tuesday, June 24th, that it
has signed a memorandum of understanding with Nautricity Ltd. of Glasgow, Scotland,
to develop a 500-kilowatt tidal energy project in  Petit  Passage,  Digby County, as a
community feed-in tariff tidal (COMFIT) project.  "We have been in discussions with
Nautricity for a couple of years and are most pleased that both our companies have
evolved to the stage where we are now formally working together in the delivery of
the Petit Passage project," Fundy Tidal president Vince Stuart said in a news release
Tuesday.  Nova Scotia's Community Feed-in Tariff program is designed to facilitate the
development of small-scale, community-owned renewable energy projects by providing
guaranteed kilowatt-hour rates for a fixed time period of twenty years.
Chronicle-Herald, Halifax



Reference:
•  Where should the tidal turbines go in Grand Passage? 2014 May 02
Fundy Tidal looking for public input on Digby County tidal projects

2014 Jun 24
Nautricity and Fundy Tidal
sign an MoU to develop
tidal energy at
Petit Passage, Nova Scotia
Nautricity Ltd. and Fundy Tidal Inc. are
pleased to announce the signing of an
MOU to develop a 500kW tidal project
at Petit Passage in Nova Scotia.
Nautricity is completing system testing of its
CoRMaT  and  Hydro-buoy  technologies at
the   European   Marine   Energy   Centre
(EMEC) off the Orkney Islands in Scotland.
The  project  at  Petit  Passage  provides
water flows similar to those at the EMEC
site and approach the speeds found at
the FORCE site in Nova Scotia.
Fundy Tidal Inc. press release
2014 Jun 24
Fundy Tidal signs partner for Petit Passage turbine deployment
Fundy Tidal has teamed up with a Scottish tidal technology company to deploy a turbine
in Petit Passage, the narrow body of water between the western end of Digby Neck and
Tiverton  on the eastern end of  Long  Island,  in Digby County.  The local  tidal  energy
developer with  approval  to develop tidal  energy  projects  in  Grand Passage, Petit
Passage and Digby Gut announced today, June 24th, the signing of a memorandum
of understanding (MOU) with  Nautricity,  a tidal energy technology developer based
in Glasgow, Scotland developing next generation  tidal  energy  solutions.  The two
companies will develop a 500-kilowatt tidal project together in Petit Passage between
Long Island and Digby Neck in Digby County.  The companies expect to deploy
a turbine in  Petit  Passage  in  late  summer  next  year.
Digby County Courier, Digby



Reference:
•  Where should the tidal turbines go in Grand Passage? 2014 May 02
Fundy Tidal looking for public input on Digby County tidal projects

2014 Jun 23
On the verge of a new era
where electricity flows free
The first industrial revolution was driven in part by
coal and the  locomotive, the second by electricity
and trucks.  The third, according to U.S. economist
and bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin, is a revolution
based on the  Internet,  renewable  energy  and the
exponential   growth   in   digital   sensors   moving,
tracking  and  transporting  goods.   In  the  case of
energy, surplus  renewable  electricity  produced by
small  producers  (power-generating co-ops, farms,
even individual homes) is streaming into the power
grid and  competing  against  electricity  produced
from the major  energy  companies.  This is made
possible partly by the emergence of smart grids,
or an energy Internet, allowing the smallest
producers  to  take  on  the  biggest.
The Globe and Mail
2014 Jun 24
Municipality of the District of Chester's Wind Tower Produces Clean Energy
Project made possible thanks to federal Gas Tax Fund
Residents and businesses in the Municipality of the District of Chester will soon benefit from
cleaner air and a more  diversified  power  supply  thanks to  federal  and municipal funding.
Built  in  four  months  in  2013,  a new  300 foot,  2-megawatt  wind  tower  turbine  at Kaizer
Meadow Road, about 20km north of the Village of Chester, will soon feed into the local power
grid, generating enough electricity to power 550 homes locally.  Revenue from the turbine will
benefit  the  municipality  through  a  20-year  contract  with  Nova  Scotia  Power.
Press release from the Office of the Minister of
Infrastructure,Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs



This press release prominently mentions Gerald Keddy, MP.
Mr. Keddy's  facebook  page  contains  an  item  dated
June 24, 2014, that  includes  the  following:

"...The Government of Canada has contributed $1,325,000 to the Municipality of the District
of Chester, through the federal Gas Tax Fund, for a new 300 foot, 2-megawatt wind tower
turbine on Kaizer Meadow Road.  This tower will feed into the local power grid, generating
enough electricity to power 550 homes locally.  Revenue from the turbine will benefit the
municipality  through  a  20-year  contract  with  Nova  Scotia  Power.  About this project:
This is the first concrete tower in Nova Scotia as well as the tallest in the Province..."
[Emphasis added]

Comment:
The statement that this is a  "concrete tower"  is pure nonsense.

The underground tower foundation is made of concrete with much steel reinforcing
(rebar), but the tower itself is 100% steel – not a gram of concrete anywhere in it.

2014 Jun 19
NS Power update on
reducing costs for customers
This afternoon, Nova Scotia Power informed
leadership of the International Brotherhood
Electrical Workers (IBEW - Local 1928) and
employees of the result of a request for pro-
posals under consideration by the company
to save money for customers.  Through that
process, it was determined that the company
can save money for customers by contracting
out coal and ash handling work at its thermal
generating station in Trenton, Pictou County.
This change could affect up to thirteen
positions at the plant.
NS Power media release
2014 Jun 20
Trenton NS Power
jobs in jeopardy
Nova Scotia Power's pursuit of cost saving
measures may lead  to  the  outsourcing  of
13 NS Power jobs in Trenton, Pictou County.
Last fall, NS Power announced a request for
proposals process for qualified workers who
can  do  the  jobs  of  the  company's  current
employees.  It was determined that the com-
pany can save money by contracting out coal
and ash handling work at its  thermal  gener-
ating station in Trenton.  This change could
impact  up  to  13  positions  at  the  plant.
The Daily News, Truro

Reference:
•  New generator installed at power plant

2014 Jun 16
Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Report:  April 2014

[50 pages]
This report – which covers the activities for the month of April 2014 –
is prepared by Lower Churchill Management Corporation, the Nalcor
Energy subsidiary responsible for managing the construction of the
Muskrat  Falls   hydroelectric   generating  facility,   the  Labrador
Transmission Assets and the Labrador-Island Transmission Link.

This report provides the monthly update on the following projects
associated with the Muskrat Falls development:
•  the 824 megawatt hydroelectric development at Muskrat Falls
              (the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating facility);
•  two 315 kilovolt High Voltage alternating current (HVac)
              transmission lines between Muskrat Falls and
              Churchill Falls (the Labrador Transmission Assets); and
•  the 1,100 km long High Voltage direct current (HVdc)
              transmission line between Muskrat Falls and
              Soldiers Pond (the Labrador-Island Transmission Link).

Nalcor Energy, St. John's



References:

Muskrat Falls Projects Monthly Reports
•  May 2014
•  April 2014
•  March 2014
•  February 2014
•  January 2014
•  December 2013
•  November 2013
•  October 2013
•  September 2013
•  August 2013

•  Nalcor's Corporate Structure

2014 Jun 11
Studies Help Nova Scotians
Consider Province's
Electricity Future
The Department of Energy has released two
technical studies to help discussions about Nova
Scotia's electricity future.  The studies, along with
a summary  report  and videos,  can be found at
http://energy.novascotia.ca/electricity/electricity-system-review.

•  Emerging Technologies Study
[122 pages]

•  Market Trends in Supply and Demand Study
[91 pages]

"We're sharing information on issues related to our
electricity system so everyone has time to consider
the  findings  in   advance   of  some  great  public
discussions   in  the  fall,"   said   Energy   Minister
Andrew Younger.  Public consultations will begin in
the fall.  Nova Scotians will be encouraged to share
what they think should be considered when devel-
oping the province's future electricity plan through
meetings, online tools and written submissions.
N.S. Energy Department press release



Reference:
•  Nova Scotia's Electricity System: Overview
June 2014

2014 Jun 12
Next-gen renewable energy:
Harnessing the Bay of Fundy's
tides with underwater windmills
For anyone hoping to harness tidal energy, the
most powerful force to be  reckoned with is the
tidal  surge  in  the  Bay  of  Fundy.   The  Bay's
Minas Passage in  Nova  Scotia  is the focal point
for the Fundy Ocean Research Cantre for Energy
(FORCE),   an   organization   that   has   drawn
together a consortium of technology developers,
researchers,  utility  suppliers  and government in
an effort to harness  clean,  renewable  in-stream
tidal energy.  The present emphasis is on connec-
ting  multiple  turbines  into  tidal  arrays – several
turbines  installed   side-by-side   in  one  location.
The  challenge  for developers is once the devices
generate electricity, how do they get that electricity
onto the grid?  You have to take that AC voltage
and adapt it using variable-speed drives and
inverter  equipment  that  enables  safe
and  grid-compliant  connection.
Financial Post
2014 Jun 13
Nova Scotia Power
Maritime Link (NSPML)
Quarterly Report Q2 2014
This is the Q2 2014 quarterly report for
the  Maritime  Link  as  directed  by  the
UARB.  In its  Decision  dated  July 22nd,
2013, the Board agreed with the reporting
recommendations  made  by  Enerco...
[Enerco Consulting, Vancouver, BC]
NSP Maritime Link Inc. (NSPML)
(a subsidiary of Emera Inc.)



References:
•  Nova Scotia Power Maritime Link
Quarterly Report Q2 2014

June 13, 2014   [25 pages]

•  Nova Scotia Power Maritime Link
Quarterly Report Q1 2014

April 15, 2014   [232 pages]

•  Nova Scotia Power Maritime Link
Quarterly Report Q4 2013

December 13, 2013   [28 pages]

•  What should be the reporting requirements for
Nova Scotia Power Maritime Link Incorporated
(NSPML) during the course of the ML Project?
2014 Jun 05
Open House: Scott's Bay
Tidal Power Project

Kentville Advertiser (ad, page 2) – May 27th
Berwick Register (ad, page 2) – May 27th
Thursday, June 5th   7:00pm
Baxters Harbour Community Centre
1599 Baxters Harbour Road
Baxters Harbour, Kings County
Ask any questions you may have
Information: keith@scottsbaytidal.ca
www.scottsbaytidal.ca
Halcyon Tidal Power



References:

•  Scots Bay Project, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia

•  The Scott's Bay Tidal Power Project
A New Approach to Tidal Power

•  Responses to Community Questions