Easier access to renewable energy will help to create jobs and ensure that Nova Scotia continues to lead in the fight against climate change.
That’s why the province has appointed CustomerFirst Renewables as the independent procurement administrator for low-impact renewable electricity for large energy customers under the Green Choice program.
“New, low-cost, renewable energy can help Nova Scotia fight climate change, keep electricity rates stable, create jobs and encourage investment,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “We are committed to seeking affordable ways to increase our renewable energy use.”
The procurement administrator will be appointed for a three-year term to enroll interested and eligible buyers, conduct requests for proposals and issue power purchase agreements for renewable electricity generation for large energy customers. That includes the federal government, which has committed to acquire all of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2022. Regulations for the Green Choice program are being developed.
The Green Choice program offers a new, simplified process for large-scale energy customers to procure renewable electricity. CustomerFirst Renewables will provide advice and consult on program design during the procurement process. Nova Scotia Power, interested large energy customers and independent energy producers will be consulted on program design.
"CustomerFirst Renewables is honored to be selected as procurement administrator by the Province of Nova Scotia. We look forward to working with key stakeholders to facilitate local renewable energy procurement and creating the opportunity for Nova Scotians to demonstrate their leadership on climate change."
Terence de Pentheny O'Kelly , director of Client Service, CustomerFirst Renewables
The information shared above is originally from a December 23rd, 2020 press release viewable here: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20201223003
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