Nova Scotia offering EV rebates, set to unveil Renewable Electricity Standard
By Anthony Capkun
March 6, 2021 – Nova Scotia is spending $9.5 million on a rebate program for new and used electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and e-bikes.
Rebates will be $3000 per new EV, $2000 for used EVs, and $500 for e-bikes. This will be in addition to the $5000 federal rebate available for new EVs.
The province also says it is also moving toward a new renewable energy standard, with 80% of Nova Scotia’s energy coming from renewable sources by 2030.
The Department of Energy & Mines will release the new Renewable Electricity Standard this month, and work will “begin immediately to ensure new windpower is made available at the lowest possible cost to ratepayers”.
Mimicking Ottawa, Nova Scotia says all electricity for provincial government offices will come from renewable energy projects by 2025.
In the same announcement, the province says it will spend $9.5 on rebates to support low-income families in making their homes “more comfortable and energy-efficient”.
The money will go toward the HomeWarming and Affordable Multi-Family Housing energy efficiency programs to help an additional 1200 low-income Nova Scotians.