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  • 28 Jul 2017 2:20 PM | Anonymous

    From: Emera Inc http://www.atlanticlink.com/en/home/the-project/media.aspx

    Agreements for almost 1,200 MW of wind in NB and NS, firmed by hydro from NL and NB

    BOSTON, MA (July 27, 2017) – Emera Inc. has formally proposed construction of the Atlantic Link project, a new 1,000 megawatt (MW) subsea transmission line directly connecting Atlantic Canada to the Boston load center. The Atlantic Link will deliver reliable and cost-effective, clean energy to Massachusetts from seven proposed wind farms and two hydro suppliers in Atlantic Canada. 

    Atlantic Link is an approximately 375-mile high-voltage direct current (HVDC) interconnection between Coleson Cove, New Brunswick and Plymouth, Massachusetts. The project has initiated necessary permit approval processes in the United States and Canada, and is proposed to be in-service by December 2022. The proposal for Atlantic Link, including the clean energy to be delivered on the transmission line, is in response to the Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP. 

    Energy suppliers for Atlantic Link were selected via a robust, competitive Open Solicitation process that was initiated by Emera in January 2017. That process was overseen by an independent administrator, Power Advisory LLC. Commercial agreements are now in place with the selected wind and hydro suppliers were selected through the Open Solicitation process.   

    Atlantic Link’s energy supply includes almost 1,200 MW of capacity from five wind farms to be built by independent developers in New Brunswick (total 891.25 MW), and two wind farms to be built by independent developers in Nova Scotia (total 303.4 MW).
      
    WIND 
    • Salmon River wind farm (N.B.), developers Natural Forces Wind Inc. & Enercon Canada Inc. (capacity of 403.2 MW)
    • Yorkshire wind farm (N.S.), developer EDF EN Canada Inc.. (capacity of 156 MW) 
    • Black Spruce wind farm (N.B.), developers SWEB Development Inc. & Black & McDonald Limited (capacity of 151.2 MW) 
    • Higgins Mountain II wind farm (N.S.), developers Elemental Energy Inc., Katalyst Wind Inc., 3G Energy Corp. (capacity of 148.2 MW)
    • Colborne wind farm (N.B.), developer Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (capacity of 147.6 MW)  
    • Silver Brook wind farm (N.B.), developer Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (capacity of 129.6 MW)  
    • Andy’s Pond wind farm (N.B.), developers Natural Forces Wind Inc. & Enercon Canada Inc. (capacity of 58.8 MW)   


    HYDRO 
    • Nalcor Energy, Newfoundland & Labrador – 1.10 TWh annually of hydro energy 
    • NB Power –  0.46 TWh annually of hydro energy

    The Atlantic Link proposal is being made as Emera completes construction this year of a 500 MW subsea cable between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. 

    With Atlantic Link, Emera is offering to deliver 5.69 terawatt hours (TWh) of clean energy a year directly to Massachusetts for a delivered price that remains fixed for 20 years. 

    “The fixed pricing for the supply of long term clean energy represents compelling value for Massachusetts electricity customers,” said Chris Huskilson, President and CEO of Emera Inc. “We are pleased to bring this opportunity forward to help Massachusetts meet its energy diversity and greenhouse gas emissions reduction objectives. This project also benefits Atlantic Canada and Massachusetts in terms of construction related jobs and increased economic activity.”  

    Under the Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP, the state’s electric utilities have called for approximately 9.45 terawatt hours of wind and/or hydro energy. Review of proposals submitted to the Massachusetts electric utilities will occur over the coming months, with a decision expected by January 2018. More information is posted at the RFP Web site. 

    Atlantic Link is 100% owned by Emera subsidiary Clean Power Northeast Development. NB Power holds an option to participate in the Atlantic Link project as a minority investor.


    About Atlantic Link
    Atlantic Link is a 1,000-megawatt (MW) high-voltage direct current (HVDC) subsea transmission line to deliver clean energy from Atlantic Canada to Massachusetts. The project includes a new converter station and substation to be constructed at the landing site in Plymouth, Massachusetts as well as similar facilities at the cable’s origination point at Coleson Cove, New Brunswick. Virtually the entire length of the new approximately 375-mile transmission interconnection will be installed underwater. Atlantic Link is being developed by Emera Inc. subsidiary Clean Power Northeast Development. The project web site is www.atlanticlink.com.


    Forward Looking Information 
    This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. By its nature, forward-looking information requires Emera to make assumptions and is subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. These statements reflect Emera management’s current beliefs and are based on information currently available to Emera management. There is a risk that predictions, forecasts, conclusions and projections that constitute forward-looking information will not prove to be accurate, that Emera’s assumptions may not be correct and that actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking information. Additional detailed information about these assumptions, risks and uncertainties is included in Emera’s securities regulatory filings, including under the heading “Business Risks and Risk Management” in Emera’s annual Management’s Discussion and Analysis, and under the heading “Principal Risks and Uncertainties” in the notes to Emera’s annual and interim financial statements, which can be found on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.


    About Emera Inc. 
    Emera Inc. is a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia with approximately CDN $29 billion in assets and 2016 revenues of more than CDN $4 billion. The company invests in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, gas transmission and distribution, and utility energy services with a strategic focus on transformation from high carbon to low carbon energy sources. Emera has investments throughout North America, and in four Caribbean countries. Emera continues to target having 75-85% of its adjusted earnings come from rate-regulated businesses. Emera’s common and preferred shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade respectively under the symbol EMA, EMA.PR.A, EMA.PR.B, EMA.PR.C, EMA.PR.E, and EMA.PR.F. Depositary receipts representing common shares of Emera are listed on the Barbados Stock Exchange under the symbol EMABDR. Additional Information can be accessed at www.emera.com or at www.sedar.com.


  • 23 Apr 2017 12:41 PM | Anonymous

    Several hundred local folks joined the SWEB team and Pisgah Mountain LLC for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the commissioning of the local wind energy project near Clinton, ME.  The project consists of five turbinesis located in Clifton, Maine and generates enough renewable energy to power approximately 5,000 homes annually.



  • 29 Jul 2016 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    July 29 2016 ‐ Hardwood Lands, NS

    Scotian Wind and partners completed the last of their installations for 2016 with the erection of three turbines in East Hants near Hardwood Lands, Nova Scotia. This 6 MW project is the final of four Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) projects that were installed by Scotian Wind this year. This installation brings their fleet of community-scale projects to 39.63 MW in Nova Scotia.  

    Last week saw the final lift of components to complete the erection of the three turbines at Hardwood Lands. However, work continues on these generators during the next few weeks, as the internal wiring and connection to the grid must be accomplished. When the blades start turning, they will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 1,848 Nova Scotian homes.

    “With the installation of the final turbine on the site at Hardwood Lands, Scotian Wind is thrilled to see the completion of their 2016 projects come to a successful close. These turbines are contracted through the power purchase agreement with Nova Scotia power to generate clean electricity for the next 20 years, at least. So this is just the beginning of the benefit they will generate for Nova Scotians, for the community and for our shareholders,” Scotian Wind President Terry Norman declared.

    All energy generated by these turbines will be consumed locally as it is connected directly to the local electrical distribution network in Elmsdale and its size is based on the electricity demand of the community.

    The turbines stand 150 meters tall at their highest tips. The rotors are 110 meters in diameter. The towers are 95 meters high. These turbines will generate enough renewable electricity to avoid approximately 14,352 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

    “This installation at Hardwood Lands signals the end of a successful 2016 for us with four new projects standing in communities across Nova Scotia. These four projects bring our total to twelve community-scale wind installations aggregating to a total of 20 wind turbines across the province. We have been especially heartened by the response from the surrounding communities in East Hants from Sipekne’katik to Shubenacadie,” said SWEB Development Chief Operating Officer Dan Roscoe.

    Scotian Wind and its development partners are committed to maximizing community benefits from their projects. Part of this commitment includes a Community Dividend that will be invested back into the community. Application of these donated funds will be directed by a local Community Liaison Committee. For further information about this program, please contact, Gay Harley, Manager Community Relations and Carbon Services (contact details below).

    Contact:

    MEDIA CONTACT: Gay Harley

    1-844-468-3134


  • 20 Jul 2016 7:54 PM | Anonymous

    July 20, 2016 – Halifax

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barak Obama demonstrated bold environmental leadership when they declared a joint initiative on climate change action and clean energy promotion in March of this year. Recently Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna made headlines again when she confirmed that Canada will implement a price for carbon by the end of 2016. Nova Scotia faces the option of having a federal carbon price imposed on its jurisdiction or the opportunity to design pricing mechanisms that suit its economy and promote a Nova Scotian advantage in the green economy.

     Renewable energy producers and energy transition advocates, SWEB Development, recommends a carbon pricing strategy focused on fuel transition at the consumption level as the most effective driver to emission reductions and sustainable economic development for Nova Scotia. In other words, incenting a shift of heating oil and transportation fuels to the electricity grid.

     Nova Scotians spend over $2Billion annually on transportation gasoline and heating fuel, essentially all of which is imported. “We spend a staggering amount on importing fossil fuels into Nova Scotia. The good news is we can reduce our emissions in Nova Scotia and keep more of that money in our economy at the same time” says Daniel Roscoe, Chief Operating Officer of SWEB Development.

     Nova Scotia has been a leader in transitioning the electricity sector from coal to renewable energy. In 2015, 26.5% of Nova Scotia’s electricity production came from renewable sources. That is an increase of 18% from 2002. The electricity sector is on track to meet or exceed the robust environmental goals for the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA) that were laid out in 2007.

     These achievements in the electricity sector set us up well to build an energy transition strategy that will significantly reduce GHG emissions and drive economic development in a sustainable and equitable fashion.

     Technologies incorporated in the electrification of these sectors will include smart meters, heat pumps, electrothermal storage units, batteries, and electric vehicles. These technologies will be key to enabling the ongoing decarbonisation of our electricity system, and Nova Scotia already has a robust network of companies able to supply, install and maintain them.

     Building on models used for energy efficiency, the home heating and transportation sectors could fund innovation in their industries and leverage the funds that were designated by the Federal Government earlier this year to build the green economy. The resulting model would not only be revenue neutral, but could foster sustainable economic development and drive wealth back into Nova Scotia’s economy.

     By tackling GHG emission reductions through conversion to a less carbon intense source in locally produced electricity, Nova Scotia will accomplish a range of environmental and economic goals. Most significantly, real, measurable GHG emission reductions can be achieved. Local innovation in new technologies and promotion of economic growth can capitalize on leadership and entrepreneurship in Nova Scotia. Furthermore, sustainable, equitable economic development that enables cross sector application of GHG emission reductions and rural economic development will also provide protection for the most vulnerable against energy price fluctuations and allay any burden of a carbon pricing regime.

    BACKGROUNDER

    Carbon Pricing in Nova Scotia: Policy Strategies for Emission Reduction Success

     Headline this week in Bloomberg News (July 18, 2016)

    Canada will have a national price on carbon emissions by the end of this year, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says.

     Nova Scotia stands at a crossroads in addressing greenhouse gas emission reductions. Pricing mechanisms will be introduced at the national level in the very near term. The opportunity to drive economic success and innovation lies in policy decisions at the regional level. Decisions on how to implement the carbon price will affect the provincial economy and society at root levels. As the entire world transitions to a green economy, the opportunity for Nova Scotia to take advantage of the shift is integrated closely to its approach to carbon pricing and the carbon economy.

     With GHG emission reductions valued in a tangible price, there comes a fundamental shift in the nature of market economics. Incorporating an environmental value as a market commodity opens up new possibilities to growing our economy and driving innovation. Policy makers will need to be open to the possibility of this singular opportunity to drive innovation and economic development by utilizing the value of the carbon commodity to spur economic development in Nova Scotia and encourage real, verifiable emission reductions.

     The principles for a Nova Scotia carbon pricing system that were agreed upon by the participants in the first carbon forum hosted by Ecology Action Centre in May 2016, included:

    • That the price and mechanism be politically viable
    • That a regional approach incorporating Maritime-wide cooperation was preferable
    • That any system implemented should be transparent and efficient
    • That the system be effective in reducing GHG emissions
    • That the system be fair across the board to vulnerable individuals, businesses, and sectors
    • That the system be supportive of the transition to a green economy

     Participants also agreed upon the importance of innovation and economic transition in the context of building a sustainable economy in Nova Scotia through carbon pricing. Agreement on the following:

    • The introduction of a carbon pricing framework should spur innovation, and attract new talent to Nova Scotia. Innovative solutions for problems and inefficiencies identified by the introduction of a carbon pricing framework should be supported, and catalyze the transition to a sustainable and green economy.
    • A carbon pricing framework should prioritize carbon reduction strategies in the transportation sector.
    • Reduction of emissions from residential, commercial, and industrial properties should be specifically targeted by a carbon pricing framework. A carbon pricing framework should also support the electrification of home and commercial heating sources.

     Given the consensus principles of fairness, efficiency, transparency, and innovation, SWEB Development proposes a carbon pricing policy that focuses on transportation and home heating sectors. To date the electricity sector has borne the brunt of regulation and policy surrounding emission reductions. In fact, in 2015 26.5% of Nova Scotia’s electricity consumption was fueled by renewable sources.

     A full 28% of Nova Scotia’s GHG emissions come from transportation and another 13.3% from home and commercial heating. If the electricity sector continues to bring new renewable sources online and further decreases the carbon intensity of electricity production, additional load on the system would be fed by a decreasingly carbon intense system. Therefore, any transition from fossil fuel based systems to electrical systems will further drive emission reductions and maximize the value of renewable growth in the electrical grid.

    Furthermore, energy security will be enhanced by the use of electricity from locally produced sources like wind, hydro, tidal, and solar. Nova Scotia’s dependence on imported fossil fuels in all sectors, engenders an economic vulnerability that could be mitigated by the utilization of local production and local resources.

    Therefore, any price on carbon should:

    • capitalize on the greening of the grid by implementing programs to electrify transportation through incentives and regulation
    • capitalize on the greening of the grid by implementing programs to electrify home heating and cooling through incentives and regulation
    • encourage the transition to 100% renewable electricity
    • drive innovation and transition to a green economy, thereby fostering a better, more sustainable economy and environment throughout the province and Maritime region.
    • foster offset projects that drive local innovation and economic development

     The Numbers / Targets

    Environmental Goals for Economic Prosperity Act – Nova Scotia

    10% below 1990 levels by 2020

    35-45% below 1990 levels by 2030

     Major sources of Emissions as of 2014

                    Electricity 45%

                    Transportation 27%

                    Home Heating 12%

      Nova Scotia Power in 2015 – 26.6% of electricity comes from renewable sources

     REFERENCES

    Carbon Pricing Forum Synthesis (EAC: 2016)

     Larry Hughes, Energy Security in Nova Scotia (CCPA: 2007)

     Nova Scotia Power website, www.nspower.ca

     Statistics Canada, Households and the Environment, 2011 http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-526-s/11-526-s2013002-eng.pdf

     ICF International for the NS Department of Energy, Market Trends for the Supply & Demand of Electricity in Nova Scotia, 2014 http://0-nsleg-edeposit.gov.ns.ca.legcat.gov.ns.ca/deposit/b10672321.pdf

     Statistics Canada, Sale of fuel used for road motor vehicles, by province and territory (2014) http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/trade37a-eng.htm

     Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg, “Canada to Introduce Carbon Price in 2016 Minister Says” (July 15, 2016) http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-15/canada-to-introduce-national-carbon-price-in-2016-minister-says

     Government of Canada, U.S.-Canada Joint Statement On Climate, Energy, and Arctic Leadership (March 10, 2016) http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2016/03/10/us-canada-joint-statement-climate-energy-and-arctic-leadership

     Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Action Plan (January 2009) https://climatechange.novascotia.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/ccap.pdf

  • 11 Jul 2016 8:49 AM | Anonymous

    Last week saw the final lift of components to complete the erection of the community scale turbine at Brenton near Lake George. Work continues during the next few weeks, as the internal wiring and connection to the grid will be accomplished in advance of commissioning by Nova Scotia Power. When the blades start turning, they will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 700 Nova Scotian homes.

    This 1.99 MW turbine is one of four projects that will be installed by SWEB Development Inc with Scotian Wind in 2016. The others are currently in varying phases of construction at Baddeck, Hardwood Lands, and Walton. The 2016 projects  total 11.68 MW, bringing Scotian Wind’s current fleet  to 39.63 MW of total capacity.

    “We are especially pleased to see this project at Brenton near completion, as it is our third in Yarmouth County. The other two projects near Little River Harbour in Arcadia have proved to be very successful producers of energy and have delivered several thousand dollars to  communities in this region through our popular Community Dividend program,” Scotian Wind President Terry Norman declared.

    All energy generated by this turbine in Brenton will be consumed locally as it is connected directly to the local electrical distribution network and its size is based on the electricity demand of the community.

    The turbine stands 145 metres tall at its highest tip. The blades are 100 metres in diameter. The tower is 95metres. It will generate enough electricity to avoid approximately 5,167 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

    “The successful installation of the Brenton project comes after years of planning in coordination with the local council, provincial government, and local residents. We are happy to see all four 2016 projects by Scotian Wind proceeding on schedule because of local support and efficient coordination by our partners and stakeholders locally and throughout Nova Scotia” said SWEB Development Chief Operating Officer Dan Roscoe. 


  • 04 Jul 2016 8:44 AM | Anonymous

    The finishing touches are being made to the turbine just North of Highway 105 near scenic Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Many years of planning and design‐work have gone into this project, but just a few weeks of construction will see the large generator installed and the blades lifted to the sky.

    The project at Baddeck is a single turbine that will generate 1.7 MW, which is enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 665 Nova Scotian homes. This is the first of four projects that will be installed by SWEB Development Inc with Scotian Wind in 2016. The others are currently in construction at Brenton, Hardwood Lands, and Walton, totaling 11.68 MW, bringing Scotian Wind’s current fleet of Nova Scotian wind installations to 39.63 MW capacity.

    “The project in Baddeck is a great example of the power of community wind to bring safe, renewable energy to the grid with small projects that make sense as an investment for local residents and are far less intrusive than mega-projects,” Scotian Wind President Terry Norman declared.

    All energy generated by this turbine in Baddeck will be consumed locally as it is connected directly to the local grid and its size is based on the electrical demand of the community.

    The turbine stands 145 metres tall at its highest tip. The blades are 100 metres in diameter. The tower is 95metres. It willgenerate enough electricity to avoid approximately 5,167 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

    “This project would not be possible without the welcoming support of the people of Victoria County” said SWEB Development Chief Operating Officer Dan Roscoe. “We are pleased to have worked closely with residents and council to bring renewable energy to the grid in Baddeck through the Community Feed-In Tariff program of the province of Nova Scotia.”


  • 15 Mar 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Pisgah Mtn_News Release_14Mar2016.pdf

    CLIFTON, ME – March 14, 2016 – SWEB Development USA announced its partnership with Pisgah Holdings, LLC to construct and operate Pisgah Mountain, LLC a wind project located near Clifton, ME. This partnership will enable project construction and operation under a new ownership structure that is beneficial to local development and local partners.  The project remains majority-owned by seven Maine residents who have worked closely for the past seven years with the town planning board and select board to meet local regulations on noise and setbacks.

    Construction has commenced with the installation of five Vestas V90 turbines at the 9 MW Pisgah Mountain site. These turbines will feed electricity into the transmission grid on a twenty-year contract with Emera Maine, formerly known as Bangor Hydro. Partners expect the turbines to begin producing electricity by December of this year.

    The project will have direct economic impact locally, both in the short-term and for the longer term. Local contractors including: Cianbro based in Pittsfield, ME; RLC Engineering based in Hallowell, ME; and a host of others have been engaged to perform construction and development throughout the installation process from roads to concrete pours, to security and maintenance. The work will continue through to December 2016. As well as regular taxes, an additional $45,000 annual tangible community benefit will accrue for the duration of the twenty-year contract, totalling upwards of $900,000 in tax relief.

    “We find it very exciting to announce this clean energy project on the heels of the historic accord that was reached in Washington this week to bring unprecedented cooperation on energy innovation and climate change policy between Canada and the US,” SWEB CEO Stuart Lawrie explains. “The need for accelerated renewable energy development in the face of dangerous climate change was outlined clearly by the Paris Accords and again at the meeting of the President and the Canadian Prime Minister this week,” he continued. “That we can be part of the change that addresses the crisis in climate change inspires us to continue to work with communities to bring renewable energy online to support that progress.”

    “We are very excited to partner with SWEB”, declares Paul Fuller, Manager of Pisgah Mountain, LLC.  “We have worked with the town planning board and select board over the last seven years to get community input and comply with local wind energy rules.  It started with holding off on applying for our building permit until the town could write in extremely protective standards for noise and setbacks for wind energy, standards which didn’t exist at the time.   Over the past seven years, the local partners participated in dozens of planning board meetings, select board meetings, site visits, and public hearings, answering questions from board members and the public.  Six times during those years, the local partners went door-to-door to answer questions from Clifton voters regarding the land use ordinance and the project’s participation in the Community Renewable Energy Pilot program, earning approvals in all six votes.  Pisgah chose to partner with SWEB because of its strong emphasis on local community involvement.”

    SWEB Development USA is a community-oriented renewable energy company. Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, they specialize in community-scale wind energy development that maximizes local benefits in consultation with residents. The model of working closely with community members to ensure local feedback and maximize local benefits was developed and honed in their successful suite of projects throughout Nova Scotia. 

     

    CONTACT:

    Paul Fuller
    Manager
    Pisgah Mountain, LLC
    207-942-7097
    paulfuller1@myfairpoint.net 

    Gay Harley
    Manager, Community Relations & Carbon Services
    SWEB Development
    902-449-4167
    gay.harley@swebdevelopment.ca

  • 02 Feb 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    As of February 2nd, 2016, SWEB Development LP (SWEB) will be hosting project-related information, news, and updates on a new website. The website change has been made to better serve the communities we work with throughout Nova Scotia, Ontario, and other jurisdictions throughout North America. The new site can be accessed via www.swebdevelopment.ca, or otherwise www.swebwind.ca. For information regarding our operational projects, in addition to projects we are currently developing, please see our Projects page within the main Menu bar.

  • 11 Jan 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    SWEB RtR Press Release - 20160111 - Final For Release.pdf

    Halifax, NS (January 11, 2015) – Local renewable energy developer, SWEB Development Inc. intends to ensure the Renewable to Retail program is developed fairly. Chief Operating Officer, Daniel Roscoe plans to participate in the upcoming Utility and Review Board hearing on January 18th. “The outcome of the current proposal is a subsidy for aging fossil fuel assets, and guaranteed revenue and profit for Nova Scotia Power, regardless of how many customers they keep.” said Roscoe 

    The Renewable to Retail program will establish grid tariffs that enable renewable energy suppliers to sell electricity directly to homeowners and businesses.  This program was established by the current government in order to create more competition and reduce the emissions of the Nova Scotia electrical grid. Since the cancellation of the Community Feed-In Tariff program by the current government, the Renewable to Retail proposal represents the only mechanism for bringing large-scale renewable energy onto the grid. “It will help existing Nova Scotia businesses stay competitive, and foster the creation of new businesses” said Roscoe. “The Renewable to Retail program would be beneficial to both Nova Scotia electrical consumers and the environment, if executed properly.”

    Many Nova Scotians feel that it is an opportune time for competition on the Nova Scotian grid with renewable energy becoming significantly more cost-effective. “Given a fair opportunity to compete, the Renewable to Retail program would allow for a real choice for Nova Scotians.  Wind energy is now the cheapest source of new electricity in North America.” said Roscoe.

    This program is set to roll out mere months after the COP21 climate conference resulted in the Paris Agreement, committing governments to drastic cuts in carbon emissions this half-century. The Renewable to Retail program would be the first of its kind in Canada, allowing only renewables to participate, which can ultimately reduce the emissions of the Nova Scotia system.

    SWEB Development feels that the market structure currently proposed by Nova Scotia Power does not follow the intent of the legislation passed by government. “The rates currently being proposed do not truly constitute competition at all. They are in favour of reducing the risk to Nova Scotia Power, with over 25% of the tariffs being paid to replenish any lost revenue and profit to Nova Scotia Power, and specific provisions for renewable developers paying for unnecessary fossil fuel infrastructure.” said Roscoe. “Under the proposed rates, it is very unlikely that any developer will participate in the program”.

    SWEB Development plans to call upon the UARB to ensure the program promotes true competition, as the legislation intended, and is encouraging other groups to speak out, as well. The deadline for interested groups to apply to speak to the UARB on this matter is January 12th.

    About SWEB Development

    SWEB Development is a renewable energy developer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. SWEB’s approach to renewable energy development is rooted in small-scale, distribution-level wind energy projects that allow for local community participation. SWEB has extensive community-based wind energy experience under Nova Scotia’s Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) program, and is working in jurisdictions across Canada and the U.S. To date, SWEB has commissioned 28MW of community-based wind energy projects in Nova Scotia with over 200MW in development across North America.

    CONTACT:

    Daniel Roscoe, P.Eng
    Chief Operating Officer, SWEB Development Inc.
    6080 Young Street, Suite 106, Halifax, NS, B3K 5L2

    T. 902-489-6787

    Dan.Roscoe@swebdevelopment.ca
    www.swebdevelopment.ca

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  • 21 Dec 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous
    After just over four years at 108F Trider Crescent, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, SWEB Development Inc. (SWEB) has moved to a new north end Halifax location at 6080 Young St. The new space boasts an open-office format with a number of fantastic local amenities nearby.


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