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New Standards for NB's Government Buildings

Posted on April 7, 2010
The government of New Brunswick has introduced a new Green Building Policy aimed at government buildings. Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty, Efficiency NB President and CEO Elizabeth Weir, and Environment Minister Rick Miles all lined up in front of the new Fredericton New Brunswick Community College Campus (which is under construction) to announce the new policy. The campus is being built to meet new energy efficiency standards laid out in the new policy. The first phase of the policy went into effect on April 1. It applies to all new construction [...]

NB Power Invests in Smart Grid

Posted on April 1, 2010
NB Power is getting $2.4 million from the New Brunswick Climate Action Fund to develop smart grid technology. The utility will work with its customers to install devices lets it control their electricity consumption remotely. The goal is to accommodate more wind energy into the grid by helping consumers control their energy use at times when supplies are low. Energy Minister Jack Keir said in an announcement yesterday that this $32-million Electricity Smart Grid pilot project is the first of its kind. The payoff? The successful completion of this project [...]

Innovative Wind Integration in NB

Posted on March 24, 2010
About $3.6 million will be invested by NB Power in a smart electric grid pilot project using wind generation. The Customer Load Control for Wind Integration Project is one of 19 selected for funding in January under the Federal Clean Energy Fund. The $32-million project is expected to be completed by 2014. Wind will be integrated into the grid without affecting consumers, by controlling commercial and residential loads. Communication devices will be installed on thermal equipment and appliances in customers' homes and businesses to allow for non-intrusive [...]

St. John Explores Geothermal

Posted on March 1, 2010
The City of Saint John, New Brunswick, is getting up to $9.8 million from the federal government towards a “green thermal utility.” Total project costs are estimated at $29.8 million and this funding in through the federal government’s $1 billion Green Infrastructure Fund, a component of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The new non-emitting heating and cooling system will capitalize on the city’s industrial operations and its proximity to the Bay of Fundy by recovering and storing renewable thermal energy for existing buildings and upcoming [...]

Pothole Filling Machine

Posted on January 19, 2010
Remember when Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty called municipal leaders “pothole fillers and whiners?” It was our favourite sound bite of 2009. Well, the City of Charlottetown now has a machine to take over that task (not the whining, just the pothole filling). The Public Works Department bought a new asphalt hot patching machine last year from a company in Michigan and is now putting it to work. The $30,000 machine takes crumbled asphalt from broken curbs and pavement, remixes it at a high temperature and uses it to hot patch potholes. We like [...]

$439M for New Brunswick's Transportation Infrastructure

Posted on January 14, 2010
New Brunswick’s 2010-2011 budget includes $439.3 million for transportation infrastructure. Transportation Minister Denis Landry announced the capital budget yesterday in the legislative assembly. Landry said this year’s capital budget brings the provincial government’s investment in transportation infrastructure to more than $1.3 billion since October 2006. Why the focus on transportation? Landry said, “These projects bring immediate benefits and will be the foundation of sustainable long-term economic growth and self-sufficiency.” The [...]

In More Renewables News

Posted on January 13, 2010
The Nova Scotia Department of Energy released two reports today with some insight into how the province could meet its renewable energy targets. In July, 2009 the province announced its goal of meeting 25 per cent of the province's electricity needs through renewable sources by 2015. The first was led by David Wheeler, former dean of Dalhousie University's Faculty of Management, and ends with 25 recommendations. Developers of wind, biomass and ocean energy will be the ones to shepherd the province away from traditional, non-renewable sources of energy. The [...]

Unloading a CANDU or Two

Posted on October 30, 2009
To get itself out of debt, NB Power is selling most of its assets to Hydro-Quebec for about $4.75 billion. That includes number 12 on last year’s Top 100 projects list, the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant. The hydro facilities, the peaking power plants and the transmission and distribution assets of NB Power are being taken over by Hydro-Quebec, though the company won’t assume any liabilities with respect to the current construction on the plant. This doubles Hydro Quebec’s nuclear generating capacity to 1260 megawatts—the company has decided [...]

Zoning Info, Anyone?

Posted on August 11, 2009
St. John, New Brunswick, has a new zoning map that, according to the City, provides a level of information not available in other municipalities across North America. Yves Léger, Manager of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), says developers, marketers and real-estate agents often request zoning maps. The City had already released the maps as PDFs, but because municipal zoning changes all the time, the maps provided as PDFs were out of date almost as soon as they left City Hall. The new interactive zoning map makes the current information available [...]

$52-Million Contract for Tar Ponds Cleanup

Posted on June 26, 2009
A major$52 million contract to solidify and stabilize  sediment at the Sydney Tar Ponds has finally been awarded. We actually announced this in our May/June 2009 issue. But now it's officially official. Nordly’s Environmental, a Cape Breton company owned by J&T van Zutphen Construction Inc. of Southwest Mabou and ECC of Marlborough, Massachusetts won the contract. As described in our article, sediments will be solidified and contaminants will be stabilized. That's why the approach is called solidification/stabilization. There's been much public [...]
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