A cleaner, more secure, sustainable energy future
To protect our environment and meet our legal obligations, Nova Scotia is moving away from coal-based electricity and towards the use of fuels that are cleaner and lower in carbon such as natural gas and renewables. Our opportunity to increase renewables for the generation of electricity and to heat our homes is significant. With the growth of biofuels, we even have a chance to use renewables in transportation. Fortunately, our province has an abundance of natural renewable resources we can develop.
No single resource can supply all our energy needs—fossil fuels will continue to play a role in our energy needs for decades to come, but we can reduce that role and create a diverse mix of energy resources. Renewables fit into that mix as do energy storage and renewable electricity imports.
Nova Scotia’s Renewable Electricity Plan is making our province greener and cleaner. It supports the federal requirement that we dramatically reduce our use of coal. The plan and our Renewable Electricity Regulations laid out a clear set of legal requirements: 25 per cent renewable electricity supply by 2015, and 40 per cent by 2020. By doing so, we become less dependent on fossil fuels and less vulnerable to global price pressures. This Plan explains how we intend to reach our targets, and:
- create jobs and careers
- realize enhanced price stability/predictability
- become a world leader in this field through technology innovations
- reduce air emissions