Nova Scotia Power

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Nova Scotia Power Inc. () is a power generating and delivery company in Nova Scotia. It is privately owned by Emera () and regulated by the provincial government via the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB).


The Nova Scotia Power Commission was formed in 1919 by the provincial government, following the lead of several other Canadian provinces in establishing Crown corporation electrical utilities. The commission constructed and opened its first hydro plant at Tantallon the following year.

Throughout the 1920s-1960s the commission grew as private and municipal owned hydro plants and electrical utilities went bankrupt and/or sold their assets. In 1960, Nova Scotia was connected to the New Brunswick Power Corporation in the first electrical inter-connection between provinces in Canada.

The commission underwent unprecedented expansion during the late 1960s when five new thermal generating stations were constructed to meet the growing residential and industrial demand in the province.

In 1974, the Nova Scotia Power Commission acquired Nova Scotia Light and Power Ltd., a private company, to form the Nova Scotia Power Corporation (NSPC).

In 1984, NSPC opened the world's first tidal power generating station on the Annapolis River at Annapolis Royal. This technology, similar to hydroelectric dams, did not become globally widespread.

In 1992, NSPC was privatized by the provincial government of Premier Donald Cameron in what was then the...
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