Nova Scotia scraps FiT program fearing future “negative impact on power rates”

Nova Scotia is ending its feed-in tariff program that pays local-level groups to generate power from biomass, wind and other renewable sources. Energy Minister Michel Samson said Thursday a provincial review of the community feed-in tariff (COMFIT) program shows it’s “at a point where the program could begin to have a negative impact on power rates.”

The review found no new generation is needed to meet electricity demand, the province said. Adding capacity “would negatively impact rates as Nova Scotians pay more for energy with small-scale, community-based projects than from other sources.” Also, the province said, some proposed COMFIT projects “are seeking extensions beyond what would be expected for a well-developed project.”

That said, the program “has exceeded expectations as a contributor to economic development in communities throughout Nova Scotia,” the province said. Also, the review found COMFIT had “exceeded expectations in energy output, with more than 80 (megawatts) in production and more than 125 MW expected by the end of 2015.” The cancellation means no new COMFIT applications will be considered, though projects already underway “will continue,” the province said. Outstanding unapproved proposals, extensions and lapsed-permit renewals are to be considered on a case-by-case basis and processed within 60 days. Read article

2 thoughts on “Nova Scotia scraps FiT program fearing future “negative impact on power rates”

  1. Good for Nova Scotia.
    Since 2008 the electricity rates have tripled in Ontario. The human habitat and environment is being destroyed by Industrial Wind Projects.
    The Ontario Green Energy Act has failed on every aspect.
    Pollution is created by road traffic, air traffic, (wind) industry and agriculture. Electricity generation is only a tiny bit of the total energy consumption, and is 90% clean for years already.
    If there is a need to reduce carbon, then focus on traffic.
    Nothing green in wind energy, only greed.

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