Renewable Energy Standard (Nova Scotia, Canada)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Nova Scotia

Applies to States or Provinces Nova Scotia
Name Renewable Energy Standard (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Policy Category Financial Incentive
Policy Type Renewables Portfolio Standards and Goals
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Concentrating Solar Power, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Nova Scotia Department of Energy
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary
Information Source Renewable Electricity Plan:


On February 1, 2007, Nova Scotia's new Renewable Energy Standards took effect. Qualifying electricity through renewable energy includes: wind, tidal, biomass, solar and hydro.

By 2015, Nova Scotia will generate 25% of the province's electricity with renewables. In 2010, Nova Scotia updated the RES to have 40% of the province's electricity generated by renewables. The plan also calls for evaluation of biomass electricity generation in 2015, and biomass is capped until then at 500,000 dry-tonnes more than the level in 2010.

Large and medium-sized renewable electricity projects will be split evenly between Nova Scotia Power (NSPI) and Independent Power Producers (IPPs). The Utility and Review Board (UARB) will evaluate and approve NSPI-sponsored projects in the traditional way. Independent producers will compete for projects in a bidding process managed by a new authority, the Renewable Electricity Administrator.

Policy Contact

Department Nova Scotia Department of Energy
Address Bank of Montreal Building, Suite 400
Address 2 5151 George Street - P.O. Box 2664
Place Halifax, Nova Scotia
Zip/Postal Code B3J 3P7
Phone (902) 424-4575
Fax (902) 424-0528