Municipal Electric Utilities
of Nova Scotia
Cooperative Limited

1997






LUNENBURG, 16 January 1998 — Lunenburg County's three municipally-owned electric utilities and three others from Antigonish, Berwick, and Canso have joined together to form Nova Scotia's first ever inter-municipal co-operative.  The new Municipal Electric Utilities of Nova Scotia Co-operative Limited held its first organizational meeting in the Town of Lunenburg January 16, 1998.  Representatives from the three utilities named above as well as Lunenburg, Riverport, and Mahone Bay attended.  The group elected its executive officers.  They include Antigonish Mayor Ron MacDonald, chairman; Lunenburg Mayor Laurence Mawhinney, vice-chairman; and Valerie Romkey of Riverport Electric as secretary-treasurer.  Member municipalities see the new organization as a way to share expertise and resources, while also gaining a stronger voice with which to raise concerns.  Current initiatives being explored include joint purchasing, emergency response measures, a look at future energy requirements, and the promotion of economic benefits derived from what they term "the cost-effective distribution of electricity via municipal electric utilities."  Mayor MacDonald said, "The formation of the co-operative should prove beneficial to member utilities in addressing changes which may occur in the manner in which electric services are delivered.  During this past year and one half it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to meet and discuss common concerns."
[The Lunenburg Progress Enterprise, 4 February 1998]





ICS (webmaster) — At this time (1998), there were seven small independent electric utilities in Nova Scotia.  "Independent" means independent of Nova Scotia Power Incorporated (NSPI), the big provincial utility.  All seven of the independents were municipally-owned and all were decades older than NSPI.  Each of these electric utilities operated an electric distribution system within its own government-defined monopoly territory, and anyone located within one of these territories was required to buy their electric power from the local utility.  In alphabetical order, these independent utilities were:
      Town of Antigonish
      Berwick Electric Commission
      Town of Canso
      Kentville Electric Commission
      Town of Lunenburg
      Town of Mahone Bay
      Riverport Electric Light Commissioners

Six of the seven were members of this new co-operative.  The seventh was Kentville Electric (KEC), owned by the Town of Kentville, which had decided, by a majority vote of the Town Council on 9 July 1997, to sell KEC to NSPI.  KEC had been involved in the preliminary discussions which led to the formation of the Municipal Electric Utilities of Nova Scotia Co-operative, but the decision to sell KEC kept it from becoming a member of the new Municipal Electric Utilities of Nova Scotia Co-operative.  As of late February 1998, the sale of KEC was in the final stages — a series of public hearings by the Utilities and Review Board, which, under the laws of the province, had to give its approval to the sale.



Nova Scotia Municipal Electric Utilities Cooperative Announced

For Immediate Release
January 30, 1998

Six Municipal electric utilities have joined together to form the first ever inter-municipal cooperative. The Municipal Electric Utilities of Nova Scotia Cooperative Ltd. was recently formed to pool the expertise, interests and needs of the following Municipal electric utilities: The newly founded Cooperative held its first organizational meeting in the Town of Lunenburg on January 16,1998 and elected its Executive Officers: Cooperative members represent six active municipal electric utilities in Nova Scotia. The Cooperative has been meeting regularly to collectively promote Municipal electric utilities interests. Cooperative members are exploring together such initiatives as joint purchasing, emergency response measures, future energy requirements, and the promotion of economic benefits derived from the cost-effective distribution of electricity via Municipal electric utilities.

Town of Antigonish Mayor, Ron MacDonald, and Cooperative Chairman announced:

During this past year and one half it was a pleasure for the representatives of the Municipal Electric Utilities to have the opportunity to meet and discuss common concerns. The formation of the Cooperative resulted from these discussions and should prove beneficial to the member utilities in addressing changes which may occur in the manner in which electric services are delivered.




Municipal Electric Utilities
of Nova Scotia Cooperative Limited

Original Shareholders List

26 September 1997

Nova Scotia: 1997 Shareholders list, Municipal Electric Utilities Cooperative


List of Original Shareholders
Names and Addresses of
Subscribers [Shareholders]
with the Number of Shares Taken by Each
26 September 1997
Shareholder Shares
Taken
Telephone
James A. Drennan
Mahone Bay
NS B0J 2E0
1 share 902-624-8327
Valerie Romkey
Riverport
NS B0J 2W0
1 share 902-766-4890
Willie Cormier
Antigonish
NS B2G 2C4
1 share 902-863-2351
D. Lawrence Mawhinney
Box 129, Lunenburg
NS B0J 2C0
1 share
John W. Rainforth
Berwick
NS B0J 1G0
1 share 902-538-8068
Troy Greencorn
Canso
NS
1 share 902-366-2525
Dated this 26th day of September 1997.

Witness to above signatures: Don Regan
Address: Box 653, Berwick, N.S. B0P 1E0
Occupation: Utility Superintendent
Telephone: (902) 538-9058







Nova Scotia: 1997 Receipt for Corporate Registration Fee, Municipal Electric Utilities Cooperative
Municipal Electric Utilities of Nova Scotia Cooperative Limited
Receipt for Corporate Registration Fee
17 October 1997





Addresses
January 1998
Municipal Electric Utilities of Nova Scotia Ltd.
c/o Riverport Electric Utility
3808 Highway 332
P O Box 100
Riverport, NS   B0J 2W0
Chairman Mayor Ron MacDonald
Town of Antigonish
274 Main Street
Antigonish, NS   B2G 2C4
Vice-Chairman Mayor D. Laurence Mawhinney
Town of Lunenburg
119 Cumberland Street
P O Box 129
Lunenburg, NS   B0J 2C0
Other Members Mayor John Prall
Town of Berwick
236 Commercial Street
P O Box 130
Berwick, NS   B0P 1E0
Deputy Mayor Karl Nauss
Town of Mahone Bay
493 Main Street
Mahone Bay, NS   B0J 2E0
Valerie Romkey
Riverport Electric Utility
3808 Highway 332
P O Box 100
Riverport, NS   B0J 2W0
Troy Greencorn
Town of Canso
2 Telegraph Street
P O Box 189
Canso, NS   B0H 1H0





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