Electricity System Review
In fall 2013, the Government of Nova Scotia passed the Electricity Reform (2013) Act. The act committed government to conducting a comprehensive review of the province’s electricity system, including a public consultation.
For the first time in over a decade, all aspects of the system were studied, with particular focus on:
- emerging technologies
- market trends in supply and demand
- trends in the oversight and delivery (governance and structure) of Nova Scotia’s electricity marketplace
The review took place in two phases that included (1) sharing expert findings and (2) consulting with Nova Scotians. Engagement efforts in both phases focused on hearing from experts, stakeholders, and the public.
The first phase included gathering and sharing information related to our electricity system, mainly through technical studies and other materials posted on our webpage, novascotia.ca/electricityfuture.
The second phase focused on speaking with Nova Scotians (public and stakeholders) about their views on key elements of our future electricity system. The department received feedback from more than 1,300 Nova Scotians through telephone surveys, face-to-face meetings, webcasts, and written submissions.
We learned a lot from experts, stakeholder groups, and the public. While there was not always agreement, there was enough consensus on most topics to provide direction on electricity policy for the future.
On April 30, 2015 the Minister of Energy tabled the final results of the Nova Scotia Electricity System Review. This report details public and stakeholder feedback, and technical work completed since February 2014.
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