GUYSBOROUGH – The Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) is, once again, seeking to expand its renewable energy investment portfolio as a result of Emera Inc.’s recent call for parties interested in supplying access the New England Renewable Energy market.
Emera Inc. is proposing the Atlantic Link Project as an opportunity to build a high voltage direct current (HVdc) transmission line that will deliver 900 megawatts (MW) of clean energy from Atlantic Canada directly to Massachusetts.
On January 11, 2017, Emera issued a “notice of energy solicitation” to parties “willing to offer energy for purposes of establishing a bundled offer into the Massachusetts RFP”. The MODG has registered as an interested party with the intent of promoting the Melford area as a potential site for a large-scale windfarm to supply the Atlantic Link Project.
The Melford location is strategic in terms of its proximity to the transmission system and proven wind resource.
Benefits of a Melford development:
- Proximity to transmission system, including upgraded Maritime Link;
- Proven Wind resource – existing windfarms operational data;
- 14,500 acre Melford Industrial Land Reserve:
- Pre-zoned for wind development;
- Significant set-backs from residential development;
Potential opportunity to combine wind and hydro;
- Located within MODG – stable investment climate and supportive community.
The MODG was an early supporter of renewable energy in the Province of Nova Scotia, having owned and operated five small-wind turbines through the Nova Scotia Community Feed-in Tariff (ComFIT) program since 2012. In 2015, the MODG became the first municipality in Canada to become the majority owner / operator of a large-scale windfarm – Sable Wind.
“The proposed Atlantic Link is an exciting opportunity for the Municipality and we intend to pursue this opportunity with our usual vigour,” said Warden Vernon Pitts.
“If there are interested parties that have not looked at the opportunity to develop a largescale windfarm at our Melford location we will be encouraging them to do so,” said CAO Barry Carroll.