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Emera CEO shrugs off reports that Muskrat Falls project could be delayed

HALIFAX - The CEO of Nova Scotia utility company Emera is dismissing reports from Newfoundland and Labrador that the $7.7-billion Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project is already over budget and could be delayed. Chris Huskilson said Wednesday that even if the reports turn out to be true, he's convinced there will be no repercussions for ratepayers in Nova Scotia, who will be paying for a $1.5-billion subsea cable — known as the Maritime Link — that will be used to import electricity from the dam under construction in central Labrador.

Ecology Action Centre expresses support for Nova Scotia energy efficiency bill

HALIFAX - A Halifax-based environmental group expressed support Monday for the Nova Scotia government's energy efficiency legislation even though it's not what the Liberals promised during the election campaign. Catherine Abreu, energy co-ordinator for the Ecology Action Centre, said the bill introduced last week is contrary to the Liberal promise of making Nova Scotia Power pay for efficiency programs because it allows those costs to be passed on to customers.

Nova Scotia's premier defends efficiency bill in face of opposition criticism

HALIFAX - Premier Stephen McNeil found himself Tuesday defending legislation that would remove an energy efficiency fee from energy bills as Nova Scotia's opposition parties said the bill does not meet a Liberal promise to require Nova Scotia Power to cover the costs of efficiency programs. The promise to remove the efficiency fee from power bills — branded by the Liberals during the election campaign as an unaffordable "NDP tax" — and force Nova Scotia Power to pay for efficiency programs was a key commitment in the party's platform.

Nova Scotia Tories slam fee 'shell game' as Liberals change efficiency costs

HALIFAX - A fee added to power bills in Nova Scotia to pay for efficiency programs would be removed next year under legislation introduced Monday by Nova Scotia's Liberal government. But the costs of running the programs would begin to pass on to power customers in 2016, a move the Opposition says falls short of the Liberal promise to eliminate the fee from electricity bills.

Energy efficiency fee to be removed from Nova Scotia power bills next year

HALIFAX - A fee added to power bills in Nova Scotia to pay for efficiency programs would be removed next year under legislation introduced today by the provincial government. Amendments to the Public Utilities Act would also give the Utility and Review Board regulatory oversight of efficiency programs to determine whether they are affordable and require Nova Scotia Power to cover the costs of efficiency programs. Energy Minister Andrew Younger says electricity bills will go down beginning Jan. 1 as a result of the changes.

Energy minister was advised of Efficiency Nova Scotia's merit in briefing notes

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's Energy Department hailed the merits of Efficiency Nova Scotia to the energy minister shortly after he took on the portfolio, but he says that doesn't change his plans to restructure the organization. Briefing notes prepared for Andrew Younger in October leave little doubt about his department's assessment of the non-profit organization, which was established by the previous NDP government.

Nova Scotia emission regulations may not meet federal limits, briefing notes say

HALIFAX - Air quality regulations for Nova Scotia's coal-fired power plants could fall short of targets to be set by Ottawa, warn briefing notes to the province's energy minister. "There is a risk that Nova Scotia's current air quality regulations for the electricity sector will not be able to meet future federal air pollutant requirements and/or meet the requirements for an equivalency agreement," they say.

Nova Scotia energy market would open up, but possible savings two years away

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's energy market would be opened up to producers of renewable power under legislation introduced Friday, but it would be another two years before customers can buy that electricity, Energy Minister Andrew Younger says. The Electricity Reform Act is the Liberal government's first bill since it was elected last month, following up on a key campaign promise to break Nova Scotia Power's monopoly on the province's power grid.

Maritime Link deal vague and misleading, consultants tell Nova Scotia hearing

HALIFAX - The revised commercial agreement that has become the linchpin for Nova Scotia's $1.5-billion Maritime Link project is "vague and misleading," consultants hired by the province's consumer and business advocates said Friday. The consultants testified at the conclusion of a two-day public hearing held by the province's energy regulator, the Utility and Review Board. Final arguments are slated for Monday, when the province's new Liberal government will reveal its position on the development.

Maritime Link too risky for Nova Scotia power customers, energy regulator told

HALIFAX - A revised agreement to proceed with the Maritime Link project should be rejected because it imposes too much risk on Nova Scotia ratepayers, the province's consumer advocate told the energy regulator Thursday. John Merrick said the agreement between Nova Scotia energy company Emera (TSX:EMA) and Nalcor Energy, Newfoundland and Labrador's Crown-owned energy company, contains too many restrictions and qualifications.
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