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Province moves away from Atlantic Loop, to focus on wind, solar

By Kevin Northup Oct 11, 2023 | 4:21 PM

Nova Scotia is putting the Atlantic Loop to the side.

The government presented a plan today on how we’ll get to 80 percent renewable energy by 2030.

The province wants to build a new transmission line to New Brunswick for about 8 billion dollars less than what the Atlantic Loop would have cost.

Natural Resources Minister Tory Rushton says the Loop is not affordable right now.

“We can’t meet the 2030 targets with it. We’d have to be building all these resources out, even with the Atlantic Loop. So we’re doing a ‘made in Nova Scotia’ approach to make sure our targets are met,” said Rushton.

The province also plans to add 1,000 megawatts of wind and 350 megawatts of solar energy.

David Miller, Director of Clean Electricity for the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables says they’re looking strongly at wind energy.

“We are one of the most exceptional resources in North America when it comes to onshore winds. We don’t know what exactly it would be with the new, large-scale modern turbines at 7 megawatts, but we expect very good performance,” said Miller.

They say the plan will create a greener and more flexible grid.

The province also shared an update on the Maritime Link to Muskrat Falls and Labrador Island.

They say while the facilities have been commissioned, there’s ongoing challenges with Nova Scotians receiving their full investment.

The province says ratepayers are carrying a double cost burden of annual costs, but also replacement coal and gas, as there are ongoing under-delivery issues.