- At a point in September 2012, wind energy provided 36% of Nova Scotia's total electricity demand.
- The sun delivers energy in three distinct forms: Infra-red, visible light and UV range.
- 73% of Nova Scotia's land mass is covered in forests.
- The first modern wind turbine was built in Vermont in the early 1940s.
- An average wind speed of 14 miles per hour is needed to convert wind energy into electricity.
- Water power has been used for grinding grain for more than 2,000 years.
- 85-90% of the energy used by washing machines is for heating the water.
- Air drying your dishes can save 10% on the cost of operating your dishwashing machine.
- Idling for more than 10 seconds wastes more fuel than it would take to restart your car.
- 42% of total greenhouse gas emissions come from electricity use.
- The Lower Churchill project will supply at least 8-10% of Nova Scotia's electricity after 2017.
- The Province provides support for community-based sustainable initiatives.
- Energy conservation means changing our behaviour to use less energy.
- Energy efficiency means reducing the amount of energy consumed in a given task.
- Energy from biomass can be used to produce electricity and heat.
- Biomass refers to untreated organic material that can be used as fuel or as an energy source.
- Solar thermal technology uses energy from the sun to pre-heat air or water.
- The transportation sector accounts for 38 per cent of Nova Scotia's energy demand.
- Less coal was burned in 2011 than in any year since 1983.
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Nova Scotia Energy
Transforming Nova Scotia's Energy Future
Our relationship with energy is changing. It has to. World fuel prices and environmental concerns are driving the need. So is economic opportunity.
Making this change is a collaborative effort—we can’t do it alone. Other government departments, research teams, investors, industries and members of the public are all working with us to transform Nova Scotia’s energy future.
On this site you’ll learn how we are changing the way we buy, develop, and use energy. You’ll discover how all of us—from individuals to businesses—will benefit from the growth in our new energy economy. And you may even find ways to make some changes in the way you use energy that create powerful results of your own.