Canada’s Nova Scotia Power seeks renewables including hydro

Utility Nova Scotia Power seeks bids from independent power producers to supply 130 MW of renewable energy including hydropower. Notices of intent to bid are due March 23, followed by bids Aug. 31.

Nova Scotia Power seeks power from both large and small renewables including wind, biomass, and hydro. Up to 30 MW of the 130 MW total is available for small developers.

The request for proposals asks bidders to submit two price structures, one a base project price and, the other, a separate price that reflects provisions of new regulations for Nova Scotia government’s renewable energy standard.

Nova Scotia’s generation includes thermal plants and 33 hydropower plants. It has initiated plans for the world’s largest instream tidal generating facility in the Bay of Fundy.

The RFP schedule includes: March 23, notices of intent to bid and deadline for clarifying questions; April 12, response to questions; April 20, deadline for interconnection requests; Aug. 31, deadline for bids; Oct. 1, notification of bidders; Dec. 28, contracts executed; Nov. 30, 2009, projects in service.

Requests for clarification must be by e-mail to Danielle King, Nova Scotia Power, E-mail: The utility said its Internet site,, will be the primary source of information. Tender documents may be obtained at that site.

Bids may be submitted to in Adobe pdf, Microsoft Word, or Excel format. Nova Scotia Power will not accept e-mails containing virus-high-risk attachments such as zip or exe formats.

Bids also may be submitted to Danielle King, Contract Specialist, Nova Scotia Power Inc., by mail to P.O. Box 910, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2W5, or by courier to 1894 Barrington St., B14, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2A8.

Nova Scotia Power awards contract for tidal power site

Nova Scotia Power awarded a contract to marine turbine developer OpenHydro Group Ltd. of Ireland to supply turbine-generators to the utility’s proposed tidal demonstration project in the Bay of Fundy.

Nova Scotia Power said OpenHydro’s Open-Centre Turbine, chosen in a request for proposals, is a simple environmentally friendly unit of a robust design for harsh ocean environments. (HNN 3/13/07)

Nova Scotia Power has applied for project funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada. It proposes a C$12 million (US$10.4 million) project, with a portion to be funded by SDTC.

The utility envisions a 1-MW prototype project operating in 2009 in Minas Passage in the bay. Although the passage has great commercial potential, Nova Scotia Power said the technology needs to be tested first. It said 375 MW of installed instream tidal units could yield 150 average MW of generation.

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