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The Nova Scotia Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) program was designed to encourage community-based, local renewable energy projects by guaranteeing a rate per kilowatt-hour for the energy the project feeds into the province’s distribution electrical grid. Through COMFIT, these smaller producers were able to supply renewable energy to their specific community.
The COMFIT projects status list (updated June 2016) provides an overview of all received applications and their statuses.
COMFIT has been successful in broadening this province’s base of renewable electricity ownership and supporting community investment in electricity projects. However, small-scale community renewable projects were also beginning to put upward pressure on power rates. Government is looking to develop more cost-effective alternatives for the future.
On August 6, 2015, the Minister of Energy closed the COMFIT Program to new applications. This decision came after a program review, which began in January 2015. From this date, no new COMFIT applications will be considered. Projects already underway will continue. All unapproved projects, extensions and lapsed-permit renewals will be considered on a case-by-case basis and processed within 60 days. Read the August 6, 2015 news release.
Nova Scotia committed to renewable energy
Government’s decision to wind down the Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) program now is about responsibly managing our electricity system and maintaining affordable power rates for our citizens.
Since the release of that decision on August 6, 2015, the department has received letters and seen various articles and statements from advocacy groups and individuals. Many of them are concerned about the government’s position on renewable energy.
Nova Scotia's commitment to increasing renewables as part of our energy mix stands firm.
COMFIT has been an overwhelming success in broadening this province’s base of renewable electricity ownership and supporting community investment in electricity projects. However, small-scale community renewable projects were also beginning to put upward pressure on power rates.
Evidence shows us that COMFIT renewable electricity represents 15 per cent of Nova Scotia Power’s fuel cost but only five per cent of the electricity generated. Nova Scotians have been clear with us about their support for greener sources of energy, but not at any cost.
Closing COMFIT is recognition that the program had made its contribution to renewable electricity goals. This Fall, government will have more to say about cost-effective alternatives for the future.
We are well on the road to transformation in our electricity system, and we want Nova Scotians and stakeholders to stay on board with us. We will exceed our target for 25 per cent renewables this year and thanks to large-scale projects like Maritime Link, and to the smaller ones we supported through COMFIT, we are on track to reach 40 per cent by 2020, possibly sooner.
We invite everyone to take a look at our Electricity Plan once it is launched this Fall to learn more.
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If you have any questions, please contact the COMFIT Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.