NB-NS Power Co. Link Up to Save 20 Million

27 03 2015

Nova Scotia Power, NB Power announce pilot project aiming to save $20M

The utility companies say they will jointly optimize their generation fleets

CBC News Posted: Mar 27, 2015 1:18 PM AT Last Updated: Mar 27, 2015 2:41 PM AT

The utility companies say they will jointly optimize their generation fleets.

The utility companies say they will jointly optimize their generation fleets. (CBC)

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NB Power and Nova Scotia Power are teaming up to deliver electricity to both provinces, in hopes of saving up to a combined $20 million per year.

The utilities have launched a one-year pilot project of so-called “co-operative dispatch,” which they say will optimize power generation, improve efficiency, and help them meet renewable energy and emissions standards.

Their generating stations will be dispatched as one fleet using the current tieline capacity, without any additional investment, they said in a joint statement on Friday.

“This is the next step in a co-operative relationship between our two utilities to find common sense ways to benefit our region,” said Bob Hanf, the CEO of Nova Scotia Power.

Builds on reserve sharing agreement

The two utilities already have an agreement to share the responsibility for back-up generation.

NB Power president and CEO Gaëtan Thomas calls the latest agreement, “significant.”

“We’re two small provinces and close neighbours with a long history of co-operation. Working together to find ways to benefit New Brunswickers and Nova Scotians – to save them money in their homes and businesses – is the right thing to do for our region,” he said.

“We’re pleased to continue working closely with our friends in Nova Scotia to find new and innovative ways to help our customers.”

The pilot began early testing in January, recently expanded and is planned for the next 12 months.

The estimated cost savings will depend on several factors, including weather and fuel costs, and are based on a time frame between 2015 and 2022, officials said




One response

27 03 2015
Peter Gilbert

I will be interested to see the details as they emerge. I don’t like the thought of a greater percentage of my power generation coming from Nova Scotia. I’m not sure how current my data is but last I checked 60% of Nova Scotia’s electricity generation comes from coal. 20% of New Brunswick’s power generation comes from coal. Overall 3/4 of New Brunswick’s electricity comes from either coal, gas or oil but the coal is a heavy hitter on the GHG emissions. See http://blog.tragedyofthecommons.ca/post/2015/02/25/Energy for a breakdown of provincial power generation sources. PG

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