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Junping the transmission queue in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Power (NSP) has asked the province's Utility and Review Board to let contracted wind power projects jump the queue in obtaining engineering studies needed for connection to the grid, saying if they have to wait their turn the utility risks not meeting its 2010 legislation renewable energy standard. NSP signed contracts for seven wind power projects totalling 244 MW this year, all winners in a request for proposals issued in 2007. The projects are scheduled to come on line by the end of 2009, in time to meet a provincial government requirement that NSP and the province's six municipal distribution utilities acquire 5% of their electricity from new renewables by 2010. But the utility says the developers with contracts are expressing concern about the number of projects waiting for grid interconnection studies. Right now, 26 interconnection requests totalling more than 1390 MW of generating capacity are in the queue. "The current situation puts at risk our ability to enable projects that have been contracted to provide green energy to Nova Scotians," says CEO Rob Bennett. "Regulators in jurisdictions across North America, most recently California, have made similar adjustments for the timely development of new renewable generation to meet legislated standards. A similar process can be implemented effectively in Nova Scotia so this important public policy priority is achieved."

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