Nova Scotia calls for 130 MW of renewables projects

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Nova Scotia Power (NSP) has issued its promised request for proposals (RFP) for 130 MW of renewable energy projects, including wind (Windpower Monthly, February 2007). "This request for proposals is especially important given recent changes to provincial regulations which establish clear goals for more energy from renewable sources," says Ralph Tedesco, the utility's CEO. The Nova Scotia government set mandatory targets in January requiring Nova Scotia Power and the province's six municipal distribution utilities to acquire 5% of their electricity from new renewable energy sources by 2010 and 10% by 2013. Proposals in response to the utility's RFP are due August 31, with selection of winners expected by October and projects expected to be on line by the end of November 2009. Up to 30 MW of the total is available for small projects connected at the level of the distribution network. Although the request for proposals is open to all renewable energy sources, the utility has said it expects the lion's share to come from wind.

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