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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulations
In 2009, Nova Scotia released its Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulations, establishing province-wide caps on the emissions of the electricity sector as a whole. The amount of energy that can be produced each year by the electricity sector declines according to a schedule in the Regulations during the period of 2010–30. The Regulations also create financial incentives for the production of “low-emissions electricity,” defined to include solar, wind, sustainably harvested biomass, hydroelectric, ocean, tidal, wave, landfill gas, liquid biofuel/biogas and nuclear power.
In 2010, the province established a Renewable Electricity Plan [PDF] to encourage improved use and production of renewable energy within Nova Scotia. The plan included a community feed-in tariff program, which was placed “on pause” in January 2015 for program evaluation after over 90 projects had already been approved for operation. A similar program for tidal energy providers remains in operation.