Tag: hydropower industry in Canada

5 Aug

Emera Inc. to Supply 1,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy to Massachusetts

A new link between Canada and Massachusetts is going to be established based on the connection of clean power sources. Massachusetts is working its way to meet its energy needs with clean energy sources in the bid to adhere to the legislation of greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Back in March this year, Massachusetts invited proposals for the supply of over 9 terawatts of renewable energy each year which encouraged Emera Inc. to get into action and propose a deal to supply 1,000 megawatts of clean power from the Canadian Atlantic region.

The company is working with NB Power and 5 other New Brunswick wind farms to get their supply of required power. Emera set a competitive proposal for Massachusetts which was required in the face of the stiff competition. Starting from January this year, Emera began its search for promising suppliers and all the commercial agreements have been signed by now with the selected suppliers.

The wind farms chosen from New Brunswick area include Silver Brook, Salmon River, Andy’s Pond, Black Spruce, and Colborne. The other 2 farms are in Nova Scotia being Higgins Mountain II and Yorkshire.  The other partners include Nalcor Energy in Newfoundland and Labrador and NB Power who will be supplying hydropower.

Emera has chosen only those suppliers who have a strong experience and proven track records of involving the local community for sustainable development. If all goes well, the 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy will be transmitted to Massachusetts via a 600 km long cable running under the sea. The project has been named Atlantic Link and is set to start from Coleson Cove in Saint John through a planned DC converter station.

The cable is going to terminate at Plymouth which is home to the state’s only nuclear plant. Interestingly, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is set to close down in June 2019 due to poor market conditions and loss of revenues.

The project is also going to benefit Canada and its economy in a big way along with helping Massachusetts to achieve its clean energy targets.  If the project sees the light of the day, it will require setting up of 250 to 300 new wind turbines. Such operations are expected to create around 3,000 jobs for the region and enable it to capitalize on its resources.  The project will require a construction period of 3 years and scheduled to be serviced by December 2022.

Emera’s proposal is one of the many that have reached Massachusetts. But the executives of the company are hopeful of bagging the project as they will have a direct connection with the country without requiring to venture into other US states. The Atlantic Link project can diversify the supply of clean energy if it comes to reality.