Energy & Power
First Nations invited to participate in NB Power’s 40MW renewables project
By Anthony Capkun
January 29, 2016 – NB Power is inviting First Nation communities to participate in a new program to integrate small-scale renewable energy projects onto the provincial power grid.
They are asked to submit plans to NB Power under the Community Renewable Energy-First Nations Opportunity, which is the first phase of the government’s Locally Owned Renewable Energy Small-Scale (LORESS) program. Another Request for Expressions of Interest will be announced during the second phase for local entities, such as municipalities, co-operatives and not-for profits, next January.
“These small-scale renewable projects will allow for First Nations to develop, implement and manage their own energy projects in their communities while helping NB Power meet its energy demand,” said Gaetan Thomas, CEO and president of NB Power.
The program allows for the production of 40MW of electricity from renewable resources like hydro, biomass, wind and solar energy. A maximum of 20MW can be owned by one or more First Nation businesses, or 40MW can be owned by two or more First Nation businesses when they are located on the same site. The generation will be added to the transmission system at 69kV or above.
NB Power, along with the Department of Energy and Mines, will hold two information sessions with the leadership from First Nations communities to give them an opportunity to ask questions about the program and the process for submitting proposals.
First Nations are invited to submit their proposals by 3 pm on April 29. Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 506-458-4089.