Province Ups Renewable Target; Wheeler to Consult with Public

Energy

July 28, 2009 10:38 AM

Aggressive new targets for renewable electricity were announced today, July 28, by acting Energy Minister Frank Corbett. By 2015, 25 per cent of Nova Scotia's electricity will be supplied by renewable energy.

To help figure out how best to reach the targets, the province has asked David Wheeler of Dalhousie University to consult with interested parties and report back to government.

"We need more green energy, and our stakeholders have a lot of good ideas," said Mr. Corbett. "I believe Dr. Wheeler will help bring together diverse audiences and get them to put forward constructive ideas so we can move forward and reach our target."

Understanding the role of biomass, he added, will be an important part of the discussion. Government also wants to look closely at expanding small and community-based renewable energy developments.

"It is a privilege for Dalhousie University to be asked to lead such an important consultation process for the province," said Mr. Wheeler, dean of Dalhousie's faculty of management. "We believe that an objective and transparent process such as we have proposed will allow different interests to be resolved for the benefit of all and, most importantly, for current and future generations of Nova Scotians and the natural environment on which they depend."

Mr. Wheeler and select university staff and consultants will manage scenario building and consultation to help the province maximize the social, environmental and economic benefits of new or expanded sources of renewable energy.

"It is my intention that this process will deliver a clear set of choices for Nova Scotia energy producers and consumers to unite on a cleaner and greener energy future for the province," said Mr. Wheeler.

He oversaw a similar process last year for demand side
management, which helped design a new system of electricity energy conservation in Nova Scotia.

Mr. Corbett said the consultation process would begin in a few weeks and was expected to be completed around the end of 2009.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Nova Scotia has put forward new targets for renewable

electricity.

     By 2015, 25 per cent of Nova Scotia's electricity will be

supplied by renewable energy said acting Energy Minister Frank

Corbett.

     To help figure out how best to reach these targets, the

province has asked David Wheeler of Dalhousie University to

consult with partners and report back to government.

     Mr. Corbett says the province needs more green energy,

and its partners have a lot of good ideas.

     Government wants to look closely at the role of biomass,

and expanding small and community-based renewable energy

developments.

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Media Contacts: Ross McLaren
                Department of Energy
                902-424-4536
                E-mail: mclarenr@gov.ns.ca

                Colin Craig
                Dalhousie University
                902-494-3610
                E-mail: colin.craig@dal.ca