Nova Scotia’s Perspective on Renewable Energy

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					Nova Scotia’s Perspective on Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy Promotion in Atlantic Canada: A Key Component of a Sustainable Energy Strategy

Presented by: Scott McCoombs, P.Eng. May 19, 2005

Nova Scotia Energy Strategy
• Electricity Sector Goals: - Reliable, competitively priced and environmentally acceptable - Introduce competition through a carefully staged and measured approach - Promote the use of renewable energy sources in Nova Scotia

NS Energy Strategy (Cont’d)
• Elements of the Strategy: - Establish an Electricity Marketplace Governance Committee (EMGC) - Establish an OATT and introduce competition to the wholesale market (six municipal utilities)

NS Energy Strategy (Cont’d)
• Set a voluntary 50 MW renewable energy target and give Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers (IPPs) direct retain access to green power customers • Encourage the development of cogeneration • Introduce a competitive process for new capacity additions

NS Energy Strategy (Cont’d)
• Reduce SO2 emissions by 25% by 2005 and reduce emissions over the long term to achieve a cumulative reduction of 50% by 2010 • Reduce NOx emissions by 20% below 2000 levels by 2009 • Reduce mercury emissions by 30% below 1995 levels by 2005

Electricity Marketplace Governance Committee (EMGC)
• Recommend to the Minister of Energy the implementation, development, structure, and rules for Nova Scotia’s future electricity sector

EMGC Members
• • • • • • • NSPI Municipal Utilities CME (large customers) ECANS (medium customers) CFIB (small business) CAC (residential) REIANS

EMGC Recommendations – Market Scope
• Open to wholesale customers initially (six Municipal Utilities) • Undertake cost/benefit analysis of broader market opening

EMGC Recommendations Transmission
• NSPI to develop and file an open and non-discriminatory transmission tariff • Scheduling and information system • Eventual FERC compatibility • Network integration and point-to-point service

EMGC Recommendations – Capacity Acquisition
• UARB to oversee a competitive process • Open process for acquiring new supply (generation and/or DSM) • Emissions impacts and overall efficiency considered • Separation between NSPI’s transmission and generation business units

EMGC Recommendations - Renewables
• Adopt EcoLogo definition of renewable energy • Provincial certification and monitoring • Mandatory RPS starting in 2006 • By 2010, actual 2001 renewables base + 5.0% • Separate RPS tags from electricity

EMGC Recommendations – Renewables (Cont’d)
• NSPI required to annual report to the UARB on progress on meeting its 2010 RPS requirement • RPS tags to carry an expire date of 18 months from the time of generation

EMGC Recommendations – Renewables (Cont’d)
• The Province’s ‘heritage’ (in operation prior to 2002) renewable generation assets will be assigned to Nova Scotia load serving entities in proportion to their load share at the end of 2005 • New renewable generators within the Province on-line to LSE’s as a method of meeting mandatory RPS target

EMGC Recommendations – Green Energy Marketing Programs
• Transmitters and distributors in the Province to adopt connection standards that have been designed to properly reflect the size and system impacts of proposed facility

EMGC Recommendations – Net Metering
• <100 KW and renewable sources qualify • Excess energy carried over up to 12 months • NSPI develop appropriate connection standards • Distributor entitled to emissions credits

EMGC – Commitment/Actions to Date
Nov/03 – Government publicly accepts EMGC recommendations. • Electricity Act passed in Fall of 2004: - Opens Nova Scotia’s Wholesale Electricity Market to Competition - Requires NSPI to File an OATT Applications with the UARB - Establishes Mandatory RPS •

NSPI – PPAs for New Renewables
• Atlantic Wind Power – 100 GWh per year (30 MW) • 17 Renewable IPP projects less than 2 MW for a total of 28 MW • Glace Bay Lingan Wind Power – 42 GWh per year (12 MW)


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