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Understanding the true price (and financial savings) of Nova Scotia’s transition to wash vitality

Understanding the true price (and financial savings) of Nova Scotia’s transition to wash vitality


For Nova Scotians, clear vitality has been within the information loads these days.

The province just lately unveiled its plan for 50 per cent wind energy by 2030 alongside extra photo voltaic. Every week later, the federal authorities introduced $12 million to assist Nova Scotia with electrical energy grid upgrades. Over that very same timeframe, the Atlantic Loop was seemingly deserted after which resurrected and modified.

In the meantime, a brand new report discovered that an East Coast offshore wind trade — widespread in Europe and Asia however nonetheless nascent in North America — may flip Atlantic Canada into an “vitality superpower” much like “what oil was to Texas or hydro energy to Quebec.”

That’s loads to absorb over the course of 1 month, and it naturally raises questions for Nova Scotians questioning what this outright transformation of their vitality system is not going to solely appear to be however the way it will have an effect on them personally, particularly at a time when each greenback counts.

Whereas the transition to wash vitality will hardly upend your way of life — clear electrical energy remains to be electrical energy, an electrical car remains to be only a automobile, and a extra vitality environment friendly home remains to be a spot to name dwelling — the best way by which you pay for vitality will change. Understanding this variation is essential to understanding the affordability advantages of fresh vitality.

Renewables are extraordinarily cost-competitive (wind is already broadly thought-about the lowest-cost supply of electrical energy in Nova Scotia) however we’re going to want much more energy as we transition our houses, autos and companies off fossil fuels.

There’s a value to constructing new electrical energy technology to fulfill this demand, however the financial savings shall be better. Consider it this fashion: including $40 to your month-to-month electrical energy invoice to energy your automobile is cheaper than no matter you had been paying to fill it with gasoline.

Canadian and worldwide research have proven that the transition to wash vitality will make vitality extra reasonably priced for households. New analysis from Clear Vitality Canada, in the meantime, discovered that households that select clear vitality options (like EVs and warmth pumps) over much less environment friendly ones (like fuel vehicles, pure fuel heating and air con) considerably decrease their vitality prices.

We just lately ran this evaluation for Nova Scotia, the place a suburban household that ditches fossil fuels solely in favour of fresh vitality alternate options can save $940 a month. Even a household that goes midway — swapping one in every of two vehicles for an EV and getting a warmth pump however maintaining their fuel furnace as a backup — can pocket an additional $554 every month. Each situations embrace tools prices within the month-to-month invoice.

If that sounds too good to be true, contemplate the excessive, unstable prices of gasoline in comparison with the predictable prices of electrical energy. Think about how way more costly fuel automobile sticker costs have gotten over the previous few years (not to mention fuel costs), in lots of circumstances nearly catching up with comparable EVs.

Or contemplate the function that governments have performed and will proceed enjoying. The federal authorities supplies $5,000 off the acquisition worth of eligible EVs, whereas the Province of Nova Scotia gives drivers a further $3,000.

The feds even have warmth pump and clear vitality dwelling improve packages, the quantities for which had been elevated final week when the federal government introduced a carbon worth pause on oil heating. These packages successfully make warmth pumps free for low-income households in Atlantic Canada switching from oil, and a very whole lot for everybody else. Households that swap oil heating for cold-climate warmth pumps usually save as much as $2,500 yearly on their vitality payments.

The speedy transformation of Nova Scotia’s electrical energy system from local weather change-causing coal energy to renewables like wind and photo voltaic might sound drastic, and it’s solely pure to fret concerning the invoice. However with all of the items in place, the clear vitality transition really is extra reasonably priced for everybody.

It’s on our elected officers to point out Nova Scotians and all Canadians the best way ahead by serving to them make the change.

This publish is co-authored by Mark Zacharias and initially appeared in Saltwire.



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