Nova Scotia Renewables Current Activity in Wind Energy
Nova Scotia currently has about 316 megawatts of wind energy capacity.
In 2011, about 17.5 per cent of Nova Scotia's energy mix came from renewable energy - wind, biomass and hydro. Of that amount, 7 per cent came from wind power.
The per cent of wind supply at any given time is dependent on the availability of the wind and the actual demand for power at that point in time.
In Fall 2010, our government passed new regulations for a law which requires utilities to supply 25% of electricity from renewable sources by 2015. On top of this law, the government has a target of 40% renewable electricity by 2020.
That will mean less reliance on fossil fuels, more energy sustainability, and a greener Nova Scotia.
In May 2008, The Nova Scotia Wind Integration Study reported on the potential impacts of integrating wind power projects to the province's electric grid in two phases: by 2010 and by 2013.
The Wind Integration Study says the targets may be met and there will also be challenges ahead.
To encourage wind power and renewable energy, the Nova Scotia Department of Energy has created the Nova Scotia Wind Atlas.
The atlas allows you to see the wind speed anywhere in the province at 30, 50 and 80 metres above ground level.
The Nova Scotia Department of Energy has also partnered with the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and Service Nova Scotia & Municipal Relations to create guidelines for municipalities developing wind turbine bylaws.
The report, completed in January 2008, provides a comprehensive review of any concerns associated with wind development, along with recommendations to prevent potential impacts.
Learn more by visiting public education in wind energy.