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New Report Proposes Pathway to 90% Renewable Electricity by 2030 

Read the full report here (PDF):
Accelerating the Coal Phase Out: Nova Scotia and the Climate Emergency (November 2019). 

Read the report summary here (PDF):
(Summary) Accelerating the Coal Phase Out: Nova Scotia and the Climate Emergency (November 2019). 


Accelerating the Coal Phase Out: Nova Scotia and the Climate Emergency charts the path for a low-carbon electricity system in Nova Scotia. It proposes a scenario that leads to 90% renewable electricity, a complete phase-out of coal power, and significant increases in energy efficiency and electric transportation – all by the year 2030.

The report makes it clear -- phasing out coal in Nova Scotia is not only possible, but it also makes more sense now than ever before.

As of 2017, Nova Scotia used coal for about 55 per cent of annual electricity generation and has eight coal-fired generation units across four coal plants, all owned by Nova Scotia Power. The Federal government has a national mandate to phase-out coal power by 2030, but the Province has proposed plans to burn coal until at least 2040.

The Federal government’s analysis has shown that succeeding to phase out coal electricity in Nova Scotia by 2030 would avoid 89 premature deaths, 8,000 asthma episodes and 58,000 days of breathing difficulty for Nova Scotians, among other benefits. 

The report comes at an opportune time. Nova Scotia Power is beginning an extensive, multi-year planning process at the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. The provincial government is simultaneously considering new goals for things like renewable electricity, energy efficiency and electric vehicles.  

This new report helps outline what is possible for these new goals. 


  • Compared against a 2019 base year, this report is an extensive technical and modelling exercise for what an electricity grid with more than 90% renewable electricity, and a complete transition away from coal-fired electricity generation by 2030 would look like in Nova Scotia.
  • The proposed pathway would lead to significant overall greenhouse gas emissions reductions in Nova Scotia - more than 69% below 2005 levels by 2030 or a provincial total of about 7.3 million tonnes. 
  • This report is the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada. Key measures and results from the low-carbon pathway in the report include:
    • Overall electricity demand dropping by about 7% in the province between 2019 and 2030.
    • Substantial increases in energy efficiency programming by the year 2030 include: 80% of residential and commercial buildings receive deep-energy retrofits; major shifts to heat pumps for space heating and hot water; shifts away from oil and natural gas heating; and efficiency gains in lighting and other appliances.
    • By 2030 25% of personal vehicles will be plug-in hybrid, and 15% fully battery-electric vehicles.
    • The addition of about 120 MW / 480 MWh of energy storage
    • A generation mix of about 43% wind, 5% solar, 43% hydro and 9% natural gas by 2030.
    • A doubling of wind power in Nova Scotia, with the addition of 600 to 800 MW
    • Significantly increasing solar power in Nova Scotia, with the addition of about 480 MW
    • Building a second transmission link to New Brunswick, and importing about 200MW of existing hydroelectricity capacity from Quebec.

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) commissioned Torrie Smith Associates to author the technical and modelling report. 


See This Report in the News:

Chronicle Herald: https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/local/could-nova-scotia-switch-to...

The Energy Mix: https://theenergymix.com/2019/11/25/scenario-shows-nova-scotia-phasing-o...

Halifax Examiner: https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/featured/the-ecology-action-centre-says-n...

CBC News: (Beginning at 17:49) https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/cbc-nova-scotia-news-november...

CBC Information Morning, Nov 27, 2019

CBC Online: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/ecology-action-centre-report-...

Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/halifax/2019/11/25/will-nova-scotia-replace-coal...

Global: (Beginning at 3:18 ) https://globalnews.ca/video/rd/f4b139ba-0fd3-11ea-b902-0242ac110004/?jws...

National Observer: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/11/25/news/nova-scotia-imagines-cl...

Canadian Manufacturing: https://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/sustainability/more-hybrids-and-re...

CTV: https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/study-imagines-low-carbon-n-s-by-2030-electr...

Carbon Pulse: http://carbon-pulse.com/87379/

Halifax Today: halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/more-hybrids-and-renewables-study-imagines-nova-scotias-green-future-in-2030-1880282

NEWS957 Sheldon MacLeod Nov 26th: https://www.news957.com/audio/


See a full media report from the EAC's work on Coal Phase-Out and Electricity for 2019 at this link.


EAC Reports and Resources on Nova Scotia's Coal Phase-Out

Government Regulations and Agreements on Nova Scotia's Coal Phase-Out:

The Just Transition Task Force for Coal Workers and Communities: