The Maritime Link – a proposed transmission system for delivering hydroelectric power from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia – is the best option for this province, a Yarmouth business audience was told Tuesday.
Representatives of the province, including Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville MLA Mat Whynott – who was here on behalf of Nova Scotia Energy Minister Charlie Parker – spoke at an event hosted by the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Feb. 26 session was part of a series of similar events being held throughout the province, as the government gets the word out about its energy plan, including the Maritime Link.
In terms of energy rates, the Maritime Link “is the lowest, cheapest, fairest option for Nova Scotians,” Whynott said in an interview prior to the Tuesday morning session at the Grand Hotel.
“It’s a huge project and that’s why people need to understand what this means for our province.”
The proposed link is slated to go before the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board in a few months. The board will try to determine if the Maritime Link is – as the provincial government says it is – the best option for Nova Scotia.
If it goes ahead, the project will help diversify the province’s energy portfolio and meet federal environmental regulations, Whynott said.
In a media release issued in conjunction with the Yarmouth session, the Maritime Link is described as “the lowest-cost option for meeting federal and environmental requirements. The project provides price stability for 35 years and gives Nova Scotia two connections to the North American grid, which improves reliability and promotes competition.”
Said Whynott, referring to one of the major anticipated benefits of the Maritime Link, “Think of it like this. Right now, Nova Scotia is at the end of the line in regards to energy from other areas of the country, so if anything ever happened between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia … we’re cut off. This (the Maritime Link) will give us an energy loop because we’ll have two sources of energy we can draw from, which benefits Nova Scotians in the long term. That is exactly what this is all about.”