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Nova Scotia Power is seeking to "recover from independent producers to get on its grid." [1] - policy changes are likely in 2016 to multiple tariffs to cover a wide range of costs from "distribution" to "energy balancing" tariffs that kick in when developers produce too much — and must sell their "spill over" to NSP, or too little electricity — and NSP "top ups" the difference. A complete list of Nova Scotia electricity tariffs should be constructed including these proposed new ones. The Nova Scotia rural internet study should examine the impact of NSP's monopoly on the distribution system and its effect on smart grid and microgrid upgrades. An approximzte 10% charge is implied by the fact that "One wind developer said he intends to avoid NSP's distribution system because he says it has not been adequately upgraded. Luciano Lisi of CBEX Group [2] said he should not have to pay for any of it" - as he is using elevated reservoir intending a 150-megawatt facility, that "Lisi insists... could be designed to be as little as 10 megawatts". The MEUNS is also developing its own distribution system.

Nova Scotia employs EPA standards for renewable energy generation like wood stoves and State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network SEE Action protocols to evaluate demand response and residential efficiency programs. para 44 of NS URB decision of August 2015. This is also revealing re Nova Scotia Power's attempts to obfuscate:

  • "Mr. Pickles, NSPI’s expert, testified there was very little information to indicate how incentives were designed and justified and, in his

view, some incentives were outside the range of reasonableness. He cited a number of examples including LED lamps, adjustable speed drives and incentives for the custom program. The Board notes, parenthetically, that when comparing the testimony of Mr. Pickles with that of Mr. Dunsky, a consultant for El, Mr. Dunsky appeared better informed with respect to what is happening both here in Nova Scotia and in other jurisdictions in North America. Generally speaking, the Board preferred the evidence of Mr. Dunsky. However, the Board acknowledges and accepts the concerns on incentives raised by Mr. Pickles, and more particularly Mr. Drazen, on behalf of the Industrial Group" - para 67

NS DSM Advisory Group was told by the NS URB that [146] "...if consensus cannot be reached after consultation with stakeholders, the parties will bring outstanding matters back to the Board no later than June 30, 2016 [147] The Board directs El to undertake research and make recommendations on a more rigorous program for determining incentives, which should be filed with the Board by March 31, 2016. [148] In future applications, El is to provide one or more alternate scenarios of DSM budgets for the Board to consider, and NSPI is to provide rate impact analysis on those scenarios."

Local activities[edit]

Small-scale local initiatives (village to region level)

And that is what is so attractive about small-scale electricity generation: it can be controlled by the user and isn’t dependent on the power company. [4]

Professional activism:

  • "Realtors say it is already difficult enough to sell home in rural Nova Scotia, but issues with poor internet service are making it that much more difficult, according to the president of the Nova Scotia Association of Realtors. President Gord Burns says the issues are greatest along the South Shore (NS) and in Cape Breton. He says a lack of service in some rural areas prevents some people from buying. "In some places, the people simply walk away," said Burns. "They will not buy the home because it doesn't have internet service." Burns says Eastlink's recent decision to implement a data cap on rural internet access is another blow." - [5]]
  • IT sector: Digital Nova Scotia

Province-side initiatives:

regulatory filings[edit]

Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board public documents database, e.g. Nova Scotia Power grid capital expenditures [9]

Global significance[edit]

Nova Scotia is the main connecting point for most subsea cables across the Atlantic Ocean and was historically the most strategic networking location on Earth [10]. Most important is the Hibernia Atlantic connections [11] [12] at [13]on [14]. Others include:

  • Persona connection to Newfoundland just going to Newfoundland from New Victoria, NS [15]
  • Polaris to Bermuda, at Pennant Point, NS [16]


Neighbouring jurisdictions include New Brunswick, Maine, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

Sea cables have cable landing points [17] in MA, including those run by:

See comprehensive list of international submarine cables and domestic cables

within Nova Scotia[edit]

the following include power-only connections (MEUNS) and data-only connections - with some points in Halifax Region serving both functions but not colocated - this is in contrast to Vermont where the middle mile network is actually the smart grid fiber deployed initially for power and used for broadband.