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Green Hydrogen: Nova Scotia Leading Legislative Development

In response to rapidly growing interest in green hydrogen in Nova Scotia, the Province has passed legislation last week that effectively integrates hydrogen into the province’s legislative system for energy production and transportation.

New Investment Tax Credits for Clean Energy: Can Atlantic Canada...

As Canada forges ahead on its commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, Atlantic Canada looks poised to play a central role in this transition. To support a highly anticipated green hydrogen industry, Nova Scotia has already set a goal of leasing sites for 5 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.

Regional Assessment for Offshore Wind Development – Update

The Governments of Canada, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador are seeking public comment on plans for offshore wind development in Atlantic Canada. Over the coming weeks, stakeholders must decide how to best contribute.  Here is the important information you need to know.

Alberta Court of Appeal Decision: Impact on Nova Scotia Energy...

Nova Scotia has geographic characteristics that make the province attractive for the production of green and renewable energy. The province has committed to drastically reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, and to obtaining 80% of its total electricity from renewable energy by 2030. These commitments necessitate prioritizing renewable energy and green energy projects in the province.

Amendments to Nova Scotia’s Marine Renewable Energy Act: Important Updates...

The changes are intended to bring greater clarity to the permitting process and to provide timeframes for approval and notification. Amendments include: greater clarity to language in the Act’s licensing system, clarifying the timelines and processes for incompleteness rejection, approval, and denial of demonstration permits and outlining the Act’s regulatory-making authority to improve administration.

Charting Course on an Unmanned Ship: The Need for Regulatory...

Canada has the world’s longest coastline but, compared to other countries, most notably Norway, our ocean economy —  $31.7 billion annually in gross domestic product and almost 300,000 jobs – is relatively under-developed. The federal government wants to change that. The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans is developing a “blue economy” strategy intended to […]

The Birth of Green Choice

Nova Scotia’s Sustainable Development Goals Act (the “SDGA”), passed in 2019, sets out the province’s renewable energy (“RE”) targets, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by at least 53% below 2005 levels by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. And, following on the federal government commitment to source 100% renewable electricity for federal […]

The Jones Act, Offshore Wind Projects and the Implications for...

A piece of United States federal legislation may provide Nova Scotia’s ports with inadvertent economic benefits. The Jones Act is a piece of protectionist legislation that was enacted by the United States Congress following the First World War. Its purpose is to stimulate the shipping industry in the United States, protect American jobs, and to […]

Regulatory Remodelling: Revamping the Canadian Regime for the Regulation of...

Canada’s ambition to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 will require speedy expansion of our renewable energy resources, including offshore wind. But, if we’re going to get there, we’ll need to improve our regulatory regimes. Fortunately, we have allies from whom we can learn and a regional regulatory precedent that could be helpful. Canada’s current regime […]

Renewed potential: Regulation of offshore wind in Canada’s ocean playground

Long thought to be unreliable due to inconsistent output, renewable wind energy is now primed for growth in Atlantic Canada and Nova Scotia could play a leading role. Advancements in energy storage, load smoothing/shaping, and electrical grid capacity have lessened concerns over energy shortfalls and grid overload stemming from discrete weather events. The result is […]