Municipalities to participate in wind planning project
By Nova Scotia
A unique pilot project involving wind energy development is set to begin for two municipalities in Nova Scotia, says the provincial government.
The County of Cumberland and the Municipality of the District of Shelburne will receive funding to conduct a Wind Energy Development Plan.
“Nova Scotia's goal of 40% renewable electricity by 2020 will bring new opportunities for wind development around the province,” said Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks. “It's great to see communities engaged in the process early on, allowing developers and residents to work towards achieving our renewable goals in partnership.”
“The development of these two municipal wind siting plans is an important step in helping municipalities respond proactively to their potential for wind energy development,” said Clarence Prince, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. “Many of our municipalities have a great interest in, and the potential to develop wind energy as an important renewable energy source to make their communities more sustainable.”
Municipalities are expected to complete their wind siting plans by December. If the pilot project is successful, the province says it may consider expanding the initiative to other municipalities.