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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.

Mineral and Mining Rights in Newfoundland and Labrador

Mineral tenures in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador are governed by the Mineral Act, SNL 1990 c. M-12 (the “Mineral Act”). Below is a summary of the main aspects of the mining tenure system in Newfoundland and Labrador including the issuance of mineral licences, mining leases and surface leases. Ownership of Minerals Title to […]

Mineral and Mining Rights in Nova Scotia

Mineral rights and tenures in Nova Scotia are governed by the Mineral Resources Act and the Mineral Resources Regulations enacted under the Act. This article provides an overview of the forms of mineral tenure in Nova Scotia.

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.

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 […]