Nova Scotia hits wind record

Nova Scotia hits wind record

July 1, 2015 –


Nova Scotia has achieved a new record for wind power with 50% of electricity generated from wind in one hour on the morning of June 24.

The record level of wind production has been attributed to the start of operations at the South Canoe wind farm, the province’s largest. It comprises 34 turbines over 3000 hectares of land generating enough electricity to power 32,000 homes. The last of the turbines was commissioned on June 11.

The new record for wind generation happened on a windy night when the overall demand for electricity was around half of what Nova Scotians use during the daytime.

There are now 274 wind turbines across the province, mostly owned by independent power producers.

Supported by the Maritime Link, which will bring hydroelectricity from Muskrat Falls in Labrador, Nova Scotia Power will achieve 25% renewable generation this year and 40% by 2020.

In 2007, just one per cent of the total electricity used by Nova Scotians was generated by wind. That figure is expected to hit 18% in 2020.


Image: South Canoe wind farm is credited with increasing the amount of wind generated in Nova Scotia (South Canoe Wind)