Scotian Windfields Energy Strategy Submission
Halifax, NS - January 7, 2008 Scotian WindFields has issued their response to the Department of Energy regarding the renewed Energy Strategy and Climate Change Action Plan. The focus of this submission is that the renewable energy resources in Nova Scotia could supply 100% of the provinces energy needs. Nova Scotia is home to world class renewable energy resources from the wind, the tides, and ocean waves. Add in traditional renewable resources, such as solar, hydro, and geothermal and we see that a 100% renewable energy mix is possible for Nova Scotia. The goal of the Renewed Energy Strategy of the Department of Energy should be to provide a roadmap to 100% renewable energy.
The Scotian WindFields submission provides recommendations which are low-cost to no-cost to both the government and to energy consumers. These options will enable the development of renewable energy and will result in sustainable prosperity for Nova Scotia. These recommendations are based on the principles that renewable energy is more cost effective than other energy options, ensures energy security, promotes diversified community development and prosperity, and is essential to an environmentally sustainable energy infrastructure.
The views of nearly all of the participants in the public meetings about the Energy Strategy, and of the over 450 Nova Scotian families that have invested in their local WindFields, have helped formulate the recommendations in this report. The recommendations include:
The goals of the recent Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity
Act are lofty, however this would not be the first time Nova Scotia
has tackled an important environmental issue. In 1989 the Nova Scotia
government led the world by adopting an aggressive goal of diverting
50% of waste from landfills. In 2008, Nova Scotia is still enjoying
the outcomes of that vision. Nova Scotia is recognized around the globe
as a leader in solid waste expertise and technology. We continue to
enjoy economic and environmental benefits from that innovation in policy
leadership so many years ago, and the renewable energy industry can
benefit in a similar manner from this renewed Energy
It is clear from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that we have no choice but to reduce our carbon emissions. To choose any other path will lead to environmental and economic ruin. Therefore, Nova Scotia must exceed their stated goal of reduction by 10% of 1990 levels by 2020.
In addition to the submission regarding Energy Strategy, Scotian WindFields has also updated their 10 Myths of Renewable Energy document, which outlines many of the misconceptions that have played a role in limiting progressive action on climate change so far in Nova Scotia.
The path to prosperity lies within sustainability. Government needs to recognize the value in our natural capital and institute policies and plan accordingly. When benchmarking incorporates natural capital, health, and community economic development, policies and strategies will naturally lead to sustainability and economic prosperity for all of Nova Scotia.
The Nova Scotia Governments Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act of 2007, indicates that Nova Scotia will have one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world. To that end, the renewed Energy Strategy and Climate Action Plan outlines two essential pillars that support the governments vision:
Developing a robust renewable energy industry in Nova Scotia is the answer to these twin goals of sustainability and prosperity.
Nova Scotia should be able to enjoy clean air, a reduced carbon footprint, healthy communities, and a thriving economy with a 100% renewable, 100% local and secure energy supply. The Energy Strategy of the government of Nova Scotia should enable that vision.
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