August 2 (Renewables Now) - Nova Scotia will organise a competitive bidding process for power from new renewable energy projects to supply federally owned facilities in the province.
The Canadian government has set a target to source from clean energy sources 100% of the electricity used by federal buildings by 2025. In line with that commitment, the government and Nova Scotia have signed an agreement to collaborate in renewables, it was announced on Thursday.
According to calculations by the Government of Canada, federal buildings in Nova Scotia will require about 100 GWh of net-new renewable electricity to achieve the 2025 clean energy goal. A renewable energy procurement process will be organised with the help of an independent third-party procurement administrator to ensure the green power supply.
Under the federal-provincial deal, potential bidders will be able to use surplus federal land, once needed by the coal mining industry in Cape Breton, for their projects. Local Indigenous Peoples will also be involved in the search for clean energy solutions.
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is currently discussing similar partnerships with stakeholders in the other Atlantic provinces of Canada. The Atlantic Region and Alberta were responsible for some 81% of the electricity-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by federal buildings in Canada in 2016 and 2017. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were at the top of the list. National Defence buildings such as Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax and CFB Greenwood at present account for roughly 70% of the federal government's power consumption in the province of Nova Scotia.