Nova Scotia's COMFIT program to change after review

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The provincial government is adjusting the Community Feed-In-Tariff (COMFIT) program after releasing a review today, March 6 and no further applications for large biomass and wind projects of more than 500 kilowatts will be accepted. Applications already submitted must be finalized before March 21.

"We've received a lot of feedback on the COMFIT program and we are moving on changes as a result," said Energy Minister Andrew Younger. "The program has now evolved to a point where approvals need to be limited while we assess what is technically feasible and cost effective to integrate into the province's power grid. We also want to maintain COMFIT's community focus."

As of January, 89 COMFIT projects had been approved, with a total capacity of 200 megawatts. When launched in 2011, the program's target was 100 megawatts. It is not expected that all approved projects will go into production. COMFIT is designed for locally based renewable electricity projects. They must be community-owned and connected at the distribution grid.

The program provides an established price for renewable-resource projects such as wind, biomass, in-stream tidal and run-of-the-river hydroelectric developments. Eligible groups include municipalities, First Nations, co-operatives, universities, community economic development funds and not-for-profit groups.

The department has also clarified the program's definition of demonstrated community support for projects.

The next phase will focus on approving smaller projects, supporting projects being built and developing a renewable-to-retail program.

Based on public feedback, the number of approvals per organization or private partnership will be limited. This will move the focus back to the original goal of community-based projects.

The review focused on areas such as processing applications, eligibility, community support and overall impact.

Key questions on the future of distribution-level projects and technologies will be included in the provincial electricity review that is being conducted. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/electricityfuture/  .

The read the COMFIT review and the new community support policy, go to www.nsrenewables.ca/comfit-review

Organizations: First Nations

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • OV2
    March 10, 2014 - 15:05

    I am guessing if the population Alberta, you know, "oil world", is 2/3 plus on board for wind and solar it kind of makes Kings County and Nova Scotia look pretty dumb right now! http://www.edmontonjournal.com/touch/story.html?id=9584222

  • OV2
    March 10, 2014 - 12:29

    I am guessing if the population Alberta, you know, "oil world", is 2/3 plus on board for wind and solar it kind of makes Kings County and Nova Scotia look pretty dumb right now! http://www.edmontonjournal.com/touch/story.html?id=9584222

  • OV2
    March 09, 2014 - 16:41

    Germany's largest power utility made a huge error investing in conventional power generation instead of clean renewables. Pay attention NS! Now is not the time to turn back the clock! http://climatecrocks.com/2014/03/08/the-other-death-spiral-centralized-utilities-now-germanys-walking-dead/

  • Wind Scam
    March 08, 2014 - 06:08

    According to the NS Energy Dept news release "No further applications for large biomass and wind projects of more than 500 kilowatts will be accepted"... sounds like the Goldrush is over. Our county and now our province know enough is enough of the wind-scam.

  • Shame on Berwick
    March 07, 2014 - 21:52

    Berwick ,Mahone Bay and Antigonish Councils should be ashamed of themselves for robbing the quality of life from the residents of Ellershouse with the proposed development of a wind turbine development..Why should these residents of Ellershouse suffer the burdens of wind turbines while the councils of these three towns fill the town's coffers on the backs of residents of Ellershouse. The Wardens and town councils from these towns will never feel the negative effects of these noisy monsters.Shame on you.

  • BRAVO KINGS COUNTY COUNCIL 2012
    March 06, 2014 - 17:14

    KINGS COUNTY WAS RIGHT ON THE MARK TO SAY NO TO LARGE WIND TURBINES . GOOD JOB KINGS COUNTY COUNCIL !!!!

    • OV2
      March 07, 2014 - 14:08

      Berwick gets it right! Kings County is the laughing stock of the province and the world because of the regressive and idiotic policies regarding wind energy. Berwick has it right and their forward thinking administration deserves a 'bravo' for their vision. Too bad Kings County is not run by Berwick's council! BTW: Just because you write in capital letters does not make you right. It just makes you loud.