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Bay of Funding Tidal Power Permits Issued in NS (Ind. Report)
Nova Scotia
Date: 2019-07-15
In Halifax, the government of Nova Scotia is reporting the issuance of two Bay of Fundy tidal power permits to Calgary, Alberta-based Jupiter Hydro. The province also uthorized a PPA that allows the company to sell the power it generates to Nova Scotia Power for 50 cents per kWh.

The first permit allows the company to test a 1-MW prototype that is not connected to the electricity grid. A second five-year permit for up to 2-MW is renewable if the company meets performance standards, environmental requirements and community engagement conditions. The Jupiter Hydro installation will be located near the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy in the Minas Passage and will use existing electricity grid connections.

The Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia notes by 2040, the tidal energy industry could contribute up to $1.7 billion to Nova Scotia's gdp. Presently, more than half of the province's power is fossil fuel generated.

The company has developed a patented tidal and river technology it believes will prove to be the most cost effective marine energy conversion technology in the world, according to its website. The company's helical turbines have demonstrated consistent performance characteristics at high rates of efficiency under controlled testing. Development of the technology in tidal, river and other flows for commercial production are now an engineering and industrial design exercise, where the company is utilizing innovative combinations of traditional materials, commercial off the shelf components, the latest generation of lightweight highly efficient generators and new high-tech sustainable materials. After tests prove the functionality of the EB2X10.5 300 kW turbine unit, the company plans to build and deploy the same unit scaled up to produce 1 MW -- increasing to 2 MW, 3 MW and even 4 MW in a modular fashion, according to the company's website. (Source: Jupiter Hydro, GlobalNews, Cdn Press, 12 July, 2019) Contact: Jupiter Hydro, Ross Sinclaire, Co-CEO, (403) 888-6543,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power,  Tidal Energy,  Nova Scotia Tidal ,  

NSP Snares Lion's Share of Free Cap-and-Trade Credits (Ind. Report)
Western Climate Initiative
Date: 2018-11-16
In Halifax, Nova Scotia's biggest polluter, Nova Scotia Power (NSP) will receive virtually one-half of the free credits available to companies participating in the province's cap-and-trade program which comes into law in January, 2019. Of the 13,683,000 free emission credits to be distributed at the government's whim, Nova Scotia Power will be handed 6,334,000, with the remaining credits being divided among almost two dozen other major emitters including: Lafarge Canada cement, Irving Oil and other gasoline importers, companies that produce or import furnace oil, as well as natural gas distributors.

According to the provincial government, the free credits equate to about 90 pct of Nova Scotia Power's needs.

The province has set a $20 per credit floor price for two annual auctions starting in 2020. The not-for-profit Western Climate Initiative will administer Nova Scotia's cap-and-trade system. (Source: CBC, Nova Scotia Minister of Environment, 13 Nov., 2018) Contact: Western Climate Initiative,; Nova Scotia Department of Environment, Jason Hollett, Executive Director of Climate Change, (902) 424-3600,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Nova Scotia Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  Western Climate Initiative,  

Non-Profit Solar Projects Approved in Nova Scotia (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-09-26
In Halifax, the Province of Nova Scotia's Solar Electricity for Community Buildings program reports it has approved 27 not-for-profit organizations to use solar power cells installed on their building or property to generate electricity and sell power to Nova Scotia Power or a local utility on a 20-year contract.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be registered non-profit or charitable organizations, universities or community colleges, municipalities or organizations wholly owned by a municipality, or aboriginal communities, and must also invest in their own solar power infrastructure. (Source: Gov. of Nova Scotia Dept. of Energy, Chronicle Herald, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Nova Scotia Solar Electricity for Community Buildings,

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Fundy Tidal Energy Project Wins Community Support (Ind. Report)
Big Moon Power
Date: 2018-07-09
On Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy, home of the world's highest tides, Halifax-headquartered Big Moon Power Canada, the company behind a new Kinetic Keel tidal power technology that's foregone the use of turbines reports it has received Scott's Bay community approval for the provincial Department of Energy's announced two "marine renewable energy" permits to begin testing a small 100-kilowatt prototype and a second to increase the system's size to a maximum of 5 megawatts.

The company's Kinetic Keel concept harnesses energy with a two-part system comprised of a land-based shed houses a drum and high modulus rope -- a material seven times stronger than steel -- attached to an underwater keel that ebbs and flows with the tidal current. The rope loosens and contracts during high and low tides, meaning the two-way energy production is constantly producing energy without impacting the ocean environment.

The company has a PPA in place with Nova Scotia Power, will foot the bill for the new three-phase system, meaning residents will see no change in their power costs. (Source: Bib Moon Power, Kings County Register, 5 July, 2018) Contact: Big Moon Power LLC, Jamie MacLean,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power,  

Nova Scotia Joins Western Climate Initiative (Ind. Report)
Western Climate Initiative
Date: 2018-05-16
In Halifax, the Government of Nova Scotia reports it has joined the Western Climate Initiative Inc., a not-for-profit corporation formed to provide administrative and technical services to states and provinces with emissions trading programs. According to Environment Minister Iain Rankin, joining the initiative will enable the province to use its IT system to manage and track its new cap-and-trade program which is expected to come online in June. The province currently does not plan to trade outside the province. Emissions caps have not yet been set.

Under its program, Nova Scotia requires industrial facilities generating 50,000 tpy or more of greenhouse gas emissions to report emissions. About 20 industries -- including Nova Scotia Power, Northern Pulp, Lafarge, ExxonMobil, Imperial, Irving Oil and others -- will be covered by the program. Regulations also cover petroleum product suppliers that import or produce 200 lpy of fuel or more for consumption and natural gas distributors whose products produce at least 10,000 tpy of greenhouse gas emissions a year. (Source: CBC, Canadian Press, 14 May, 2018)Contact: Western Climate Initiative,; Environment Minister Iain Rankin,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Climate Initiative,  Carbon Emissions,  Cap-and-Trade,  

Nova Scotia Advancing Cap-and-Trade Program (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-02-23
In Halifax, the Nova Scotian Department of Environment has moved the province closer to it's mandated cap-and-trade system with thew release of which will come into force January, 2019, with the release of what it is calling the "quantification, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions regulations." The province's cap-and-trade system is slated to come into force in January, 2019.

The just announced rules are needed to determine the figure that will serve as the cap on emissions and how the province will monitor compliance with the law. Those new regulations also set out which companies will need to report emissions, including: facilities generating at least 50,000 tpy of GHG emissions; per year. oil and gas suppliers that import or produce 200 litres of fuel or more for consumption in Nova Scotia; natural gas distributors whose fuel, when burned, produces 10,000 or more tpy of GHGs.

The The province estimates there are about two dozen companies that will fall under the legislation. Companies will be expected to pay for this work themselves. Those costs, along with whatever they may have to pay for exceeding the as yet undetermined emission limits, which will then be passed along to consumers. (Source: NS Dept of Environment, CBC, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Nova Scotia Power, Mark Sidebottom, VP Power Generation and Delivery,; Nova Scotia Environment Department, Ian Rankin, Minister, Jason Hollett, Exec. Dir., Climate Change,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  Nova Scotia Power,  GHGs,  

Tesla, NS Power Partner on Centralized Powerpack Demo (Ind. Report)
Tesla Powerpack,Nova Scotia Power
Date: 2018-02-19
Reporting from Halifax, Nova Scotia has announced it is partnering to create "the Intelligent Feeder Project" with the installation of Tesla Powerpacks and Powerwalls to create an "intelligent grid".

The project combines a central grid-size Tesla Powerpack battery system at the utility's Elmsdale, substation with 10 previously deployed Tesla residential Powerwalls at homes in the community of Elmsdale, which is partially wind energy powered. (Source: Nova Scotia Power, ElectRek, 18 Feb., 2018) Contact: Nova Scotia Power, Jill Searle, Project Manager,; Tesla Powerpack,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Powerpak,  Energy Storage,  Nova Scotia Power,  

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