Biomass regulations create clean energy at lowest rates, says Parker

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HALIFAX – Nova Scotia families will benefit from good jobs, cleaner air and a more secure supply of energy at the lowest, fairest rates through amendments to the renewable electricity regulations.

The regulations, released Thursday, require biomass be used at Port Hawkesbury Paper to provide renewable electricity starting this year, establish more flexibility for Nova Scotia Power to plan for various renewable targets and make it clear that power accessed through the Maritime Link must be used, if the project is approved by the Utility and Review Board.

"We all have an interest in pursuing a sustainable fuel supply through cleaner energy sources while protecting and creating good jobs," Energy Minister Charlie Minister Parker said in a news release. "It is no longer an option to rely on old ways to generate electricity without the support of renewable sources."

Amendments also include technical changes to improve how the regulations address renewable electricity. They were developed through an extensive consultation process in 2011.

"Adding diversity and more local supply reduces our reliance on costly imported coal, while cleaning up our environment," added Parker. "Biomass and hydroelectricity from Lower Churchill are a part of our overall strategy that includes wind, and a balanced fossil fuel mix that includes cleaner-burning natural gas."

Feedback from public consultation was considered for the final renewable regulations.

The regulations are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/just/regulations/rxaa-l.htm#electricity .

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power, Utility and Review Board

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Port Hawkesbury Paper

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