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Nova Scotia produces energy with wind turbines


Nathan Coleman, Reporter
January 8, 2013 — If there’s one commodity that Nova Scotia will never be short of, it’s wind. The provincial government has set a goal to have 25 percent of its electricity powered by renewable energy by 2015.


Nova Scotia hopes to reach a renewable energy target of 40 percent by 2020.
Nova Scotia hopes to reach a renewable energy target of 40 percent by 2020.

Wind turbines are already spinning outside Amherst, Nova Scotia and a new project is now underway that will help the province reach their target.

“In Nova Scotia today, a majority of our power comes from energy sources derived from fossil fuels," says Mary-Frances Lynch, Energy Project Coordinator at South Canoe Wind Project. "So wind projects like the South Canoe Wind Project mean that we can reduce our reliance on energy sources that emit greenhouse gases and can reduce our reliance on coal power." 

The South Canoe Wind Farm was proposed by a company famous for its blueberries. 

Oxford Frozen Foods was awarded the contract to produce 102 Megawatts of energy along with Minas Basin Pulp and Power. That's roughly enough electricity to power 32,000 homes. 

“We’re anticipating late into 2014 to be delivering energy. As a global food producer, we’re constantly being challenged and asked about our environmental track record," says Rick Cecchetto, CF0 of Bragg Group of Companies. "We have a very good track record, but we thought this project would just further enhance that.”

The province hopes to reach a renewable energy target of 40 percent by 2020.

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