Energy & Power
Fournier encourages Nova Scotians to consider their electricity future
By Anthony Capkun
June 11, 2014 – Nova Scotia’s Department of Energy has released two technical studies to help discussions about Nova Scotia’s electricity future.
“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 Andrew Younger, energy minister.
Bob Fournier, former chair of Nova Scotia’s Electricity Marketplace Governance Committee, is featured in a video on the website (and above). He encourages Nova Scotians to consider some of the challenges facing the province’s electricity system.
“The review will get us thinking about how much electricity we will need, where and how we will generate it, and what influence new technologies will have on our future system,” said Fournier. “The province is providing a great deal of information to help people understand the issues, but the conclusions are in the hands of Nova Scotians.”
The studies cover emerging technologies and market trends in supply and demand. A third study on governance will be available after it’s completed, in early summer. The Department of Energy is welcoming thoughts and supporting evidence on the studies for consideration.
“This review is our time to define the long-term future of Nova Scotia’s electricity system together. It’s time to think about the opportunities,” said Younger. “I look forward to hearing new ideas and finding out what Nova Scotians value most in terms of our electricity system.”
Public consultations will begin in the fall. Nova Scotians will be encouraged to share what they think should be considered when developing the province’s future electricity plan through meetings, online tools and written submissions.
The studies, along with a summary report and videos, can be found at www.novascotia.ca/electricityfuture. New information will be added throughout the summer.