Premier To Participate in Inaugural Energy Forum

Premier's Office

November 3, 2010 12:34 PM

Premier Darrell Dexter will join representatives from Nova Scotia's energy sector for the first executive forum on renewable energy opportunities at the 18th annual Canada-U.S. Trade and Technology Conference in Boston this week.

Panelists Scott Travers, president of Minas Basin Pulp and Power, Robin McAdam, executive vice-president of sustainability for Nova Scotia Power, and Reuben Burge, president of RMSenergy Ltd., will speak along with the premier Thursday, Nov. 4, at the inaugural forum for business and government leaders.
                                
Murray Coolican, Nova Scotia's deputy minister of Energy, will moderate the discussion.

"This will be the first time in the conference's 18-year history for this event, and organizers want to focus on the vast opportunities in Nova Scotia and the Atlantic region," said Premier Dexter.

"I plan to make the most of this wonderful opportunity to draw attention to our province's renewable energy capacity and explore potential partnerships with the United States that could create jobs and grow the economy in both our regions.

"I am pleased that, once again, Nova Scotia will be at the forefront of discussions on clean, renewable power with our New England colleagues."

Last year, Nova Scotia was the first province in Canada to
institute hard caps on greenhouse-gas emissions for electricity and this April, the premier announced the province's new Renewable Electricity Plan, which includes some of the most aggressive renewable energy targets in North America.

It is legislated that by 2015, 25 per cent of Nova Scotia's electricity will come from renewable energy sources. That goal then increases to 40 per cent by 2020. About 90 per cent of the province's electricity is generated by burning carbon-based fuels.

"Most of that fuel is coal imported from the United States and South America, which leaves Nova Scotia vulnerable to rising fuel costs and dwindling supplies," said Premier Dexter.

"Nova Scotia needs to look to the future, now. We have a wealth of renewable energy resources, including wind, wave and tidal power, that we need to take advantage of, and I think that other jurisdictions would be smart to partner with us as we move forward."

Premier Dexter will also deliver the keynote address at the energy conference on Friday, Nov. 5. It will be the first time that a Canadian premier will address the group.

"It is important that Nova Scotia is well-represented at this year's conference in order to create new relationships and build on existing ones," said Premier Dexter. "A strong voice at the conference will also help set up discussions for when we host the New England governors next summer."

The 35th annual New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers meeting will take place in Halifax July 10-12.

The New England-Canada Business Council's annual Energy Trade and Technology Conference is one of the major energy events in North America. The meeting brings together more than 200 industry and government leaders to assess opportunities and challenges facing the energy sector in both regions.

This year's conference runs Nov. 4-5.

People can get updates on the premier's activities during the tour by following @PremierDexter on Twitter.


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     Premier Darrell Dexter will participate in the first

executive forum on renewable energy opportunities in Boston this

week.

     He will be joined Thursday (November 4th) by representatives

from Nova Scotia's energy sector at the 18th annual Canada-U.S.

Trade and Technology Conference.

     Premier Dexter says organizers want to focus on the vast

opportunities in Nova Scotia and the Atlantic region and he

plans to draw attention to the province's renewable energy

capacity and explore potential partnerships with the United

States.

     He will also be the first premier to deliver the keynote

address at the conference.

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