Intermediate

Grid-Scale Batteries 101

2024-04-23T23:56:29+00:00April 23rd, 2024|Beginner, Educational Resources, Energy Stories, Featured, Intermediate, News|

What are grid-scale batteries? Grid-scale batteries, also known as utility-scale batteries or Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS), are a collection of individual smaller batteries housed within a single controlled, large-scale energy storage system. They are designed to store electricity that can be accessed for use during periods of high demand or low generation and

Natural Gas 101

2024-02-28T00:13:10+00:00February 28th, 2024|Beginner, Educational Resources, Energy Stories, Featured, Intermediate, Natural Gas, Natural Gas, News|

What is natural gas and how is it processed? Natural gas is an energy source found underground in sedimentary basins and is colourless and odourless. It primarily consists of methane, with smaller amounts of ethane, propane, butane, pentanes, and other hydrocarbons. There are three extraction methods of natural gas in Canada, including conventional drilling,

Federal government releases new design options for Clean Electricity Regulations

2024-02-28T00:10:45+00:00February 28th, 2024|Beginner, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Energy Stories, Featured, Intermediate|

On February 16, 2024, the federal government released an update with new design options being considered for the Clean Electricity Regulations. The draft Regulations were released on August 10, 2023, and would limit how utilities can use unabated fossil fuels to generate electricity beginning in 2035. Several provinces, utilities, and energy sector stakeholders, among

Nova Scotia Clean Electricity Solutions Task Force releases report

2024-02-28T13:17:21+00:00February 28th, 2024|Beginner, Clean Technology, Clean Technology, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Energy Stories, Featured, Intermediate, Press Releases|

On February 23, 2024, Nova Scotia’s Clean Electricity Solutions Task Force released a report: Modernizing Energy from Transmission to Transformation. The Task Force spent the last roughly 10 months consulting with stakeholders and exploring ways to modernize the province’s electricity infrastructure and regulatory environment. Launched in April 2023, the Task Force includes Alison Scott,

Updates on Nova Scotia Power’s clean electricity transition

2024-04-23T23:59:46+00:00February 17th, 2024|Beginner, Clean Technology, Clean Technology, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Energy Stories, Intermediate, News, Press Releases|

Nova Scotia Power is busy preparing for a transition away from coal-fired electricity generation and to meet provincial mandates to provide 80 per cent renewable electricity sales by 2030, as well meet the federal government’s incoming Clean Electricity Regulations, which will require the utility to meet net-zero by 2035. Read below for a synopsis

Hydrogen 101

2024-05-08T12:12:40+00:00January 23rd, 2024|Beginner, Educational Resources, Energy Efficiency, Energy Stories, Hydrogen, Hydrogen, Intermediate, News, Transportation|

What is hydrogen?  Hydrogen is the lightest element on the periodic table and commonly exists as two hydrogen atoms together (H2). The H2 molecule is a colourless, odorless gas that produces energy if broken apart. Hydrogen is already an important component in some industrial processes in Atlantic Canada and could become an increasingly

Smart Grid 101

2024-02-01T15:12:44+00:00November 28th, 2023|Beginner, Educational Resources, Energy Efficiency, Energy Stories, Featured, Intermediate, News, Transportation|

Smart Grid 101 builds off of lessons learned in Electricity 101 and Electrical Grid 101. Together, these pages can help you better understand how we use electricity as energy today, and how we can do so more efficiently in the future. Over a century ago, the electrical grid in Atlantic Canada was established to

Net Zero 101

2023-07-25T23:34:15+00:00May 31st, 2023|Beginner, Clean Technology, Clean Technology, Educational Resources, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Energy Stories, Intermediate, News, Plans & Roadmaps|

What does net zero actually mean?  Achieving "net zero" means equalling the difference between the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by human activity and the amount removed from the atmosphere. GHGs in Canada include carbon dioxide (80%) and methane (14%), among others. Net-zero emissions is similar to carbon neutrality, which is often

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