Thursday, May 5, 2011

Nova Scotia Power hits 20% generation from renewables - more planned

Nova Scotia Power says it hit a milestone in electrical generation from wind energy last month.

The private utility, owned by Emera says wind turbine facilities in the province of Nova Scotia generated 250 megawatts of electricity on April 24, 2011 surpassing the previous mark of 235 megawatts set 10 days earlier.

The record represented 20 per cent of the province's electricity generated at midnight on that Sunday.

The earlier peak for wind generation happened at 8 a.m. on a Thursday and Nova Scotia Power says that also accounted for 20 per cent of the electricity generated at that time.

The province has proposed a legislative amendment requiring that 40 per cent of the province's energy needs come from renewable resources by 2020.

The company has said it has plans to increase the number of wind farm projects in the province and to take on more power from independent producers through feed-in tariffs in order to meet provincial targets.

There are more than 100 wind turbines operating in the province of Nova Scotia.

Source: The Canadian Press

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