New renewables target in Nova Scotia

The government of Nova Scotia wants at least 20% of the province's electricity to be produced by renewable energy sources by 2013, double what is already generated using wind, tidal, hydro and biomass resources. "We will increase our renewable energy, but we will do it in a way that is achievable and that protects consumers and businesses from large increases in the price of electricity," said energy minister Bill Dooks at a green energy conference in Halifax last month. Dooks says the province will soon release a draft standard for further public consultation. He also promises that by February regulations will be in place to allow renewable energy producers to sell directly to Nova Scotia's six municipal distribution utilities that now buy their electricity supply from Nova Scotia Power, the province's main power generator and transmission system operator. Developers, however, are pushing the government to open the market even further to allow them to sell directly to all consumers.

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