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  • Have some questions:

    1. What are anticipated electricity losses resulting from transmission from Muskrat Falls including any AC/DC transforming losses?
    2. Using the net results what is the $/kw including the capital and operating costs?
    3. How many homes could be provided with pv panels with the same capital and operating costs for Muskrat Fall?
    4. How many jobs would be created in installing or maybe even local manufacturing of pv panels?
    5. What would be the fall in pv panels prices due to the volume increase?
    6. With such a large and long term project why aren’t we looking to the future and comparing centralized generation to decentralized generation?
    7. Are there not many advantages to decentralized generation such as:
    a) no transmission electricity losses
    b) no transmission maintenance
    c) no mass blackouts due to transmission failures by nature or sabotage.
    d) no mass blackouts due to generation failure
    e) less environmental impact
    8. In the meantime, why don’t we explore a 10 year deal with Quebec Hydro to provide their product at 9 cents to the consumer in exchange for them extracting our transmission lines from NSP and giving it back to us based on NSP’s record. They would have more legal capacity, or funds to hire it, than we do. NSP could keep the generating facilities and compete with the 9 cents and after 10 years other private Nova Scotia generators could sell lower than 9 giving NSP even stiffer competition. It would be worth it just for entertainment value.

    Barry Zwicker | May 29, 2012 | Reply

  • Mr. Morton should be able to do better than that. We need numbers and more transparency . We need a good breakdown of where we get our supply and at what cost ,and then what we consume. There is no sign that all these wind farms are lowering our cost . There is no proof that the rates given to the pulp mills are not causing increases to the residential customer. How late are we now with bay of Fundy projects ?? The province should be helping people switch to heat pumps ,solar and wind mills in rural areas. We have a windmill business we subsidized but still no windmill that is suitable for a rural residence . Geez, we have a subsidized engineering university that should be helping find solutions too. I still haven’t heard how many shares the province or any of the various public service/university/etc . pension funds have invested in Emera and why we don’t have a seat on the Board . The formula we have is such that we are dependent on a private company that wants to make money ,no matter what. We can’t control their rates unless they are prepared to show us their numbers . We know they’ve cut services , like the number of trucks and linesmen, but still no changes in rates ??? The province should be showing us the numbers for every provincial utility and helping us see just where we stand in NS . Lastly, we have to start to deal with the general decline in rural businesses and employment and find ways to attract business to the many towns and utility rates are part of that puzzle . There has been no financial investment to help our tourism properties in any way to improve their product or , cut energy costs; no the province wants to add a 2% room tax , not chase all the illegals that rent and never pay commercial taxes , and then they create a mini crown corporation to take over marketing with no reduction in staff or expenses .

    Paul M | May 28, 2012 | Reply

  • I believe that there are at least two reasons why our our electrical energy rates are increasing in Nova Scotia: the cost of the energy contracts NSP has signed with the various wind energy suppliers and the cost of NSP’s own investment in wind turbines and the New Page biomass facility.

    Bill Phillips | May 25, 2012 | Reply

  • This is quite a complex situation and how energy is generated and at what cost is not a simple one. Unfortunately to date, the first concerns of Emera and NSP are to the shareholders and upper management!

    Ron Gregor | May 25, 2012 | Reply

  • The dialogue is most welcome. Leave the politics out of it and let’s talk about what is best for Nova Scotia.

    Bert Lewis | May 25, 2012 | Reply