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Government Seeking Feedback from Nova Scotians

Government is seeking feedback from Nova Scotians on a draft report that summarizes what it heard during Electricity System Review public consultations in the fall.

“We want to make sure we’ve accurately heard what Nova Scotians have to say about our electricity future,” said Michel Samson, acting Energy Minister. “We’re encouraging everyone to provide further input.”

The Energy Department will use the feedback in a final report, which will be tabled in the legislature this spring.

More than 1,300 Nova Scotians participated in the Electricity System Review, the first of its kind in a decade, through telephone surveys, face-to-face meetings, webcasts and written submissions.

As part of the review, experts, members of the public and interested groups considered emerging technologies, and trends in market supply and demand, and system governance and structure. Key findings indicate Nova Scotians want:

— long-term rate stabilization and predictable electricity rates
— more accountability and transparency in setting electricity rates
— a focus on the environment and support for renewable energy resources, if it doesn’t significantly impact electricity rates

People can comment on the report before March 18 by visiting www.novascotia.ca/electricityfuture, emailing electricityreview@novascotia.ca or writing to the department.

An English copy of the report and a French executive summary are available online.

Government will use the information to introduce an electricity plan in the fall.

Source: Release

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