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Hundreds of Kilometres Paved During 2008 Construction Season: N.S.

Posted on November 7, 2008
Nova Scotians benefitted from of about 475 kilometres of newly paved roads during the 2008 construction season. The paving was part of $374.7 million invested in the fiscal year 2008-09 for paving and road construction, building and repairing bridges, and filling potholes. The total represents a 15 per cent increase over last year. Nova Scotia recently ranked second in Canada for having the best transportation infrastructure in the country, in a study conducted by the Fraser Institute. The two categories of transportation performance in the study were [...]

New Building Standards for NS

Posted on November 7, 2008
The Government of Nova Scotia has imposed new building standards to ensure non-government buildings are energy efficient. Non-governmental buildings being built in Nova Scotia must now be more energy efficient to qualify for provincial funding. The new regulations for water and energy use came into effect November 1. Energy savings will recover the costs of meeting the new standards. Buildings constructed by government, such as schools and hospitals, already meet a widely recognized energy efficient standard. [...]

NB Releases New Transportation Strategy

Posted on November 7, 2008
The Province of New Brunswick has unveiled a comprehensive, ten-year transportation strategy. "This new multi-modal strategy envisions New Brunswick as a leader in achieving and sustaining a safe, reliable, state-of-the-art, fully integrated transportation system," Transportation Minister Denis Landry said. "This system will support economic and social development in our province, our region and our country, and support New Brunswick in its efforts to be self-sufficient by 2026." The strategy outlines almost 40 actions that should be taken over the [...]

Wind Plan Blows in Benefits for Islanders

Posted on October 27, 2008
Prince Edward Island is attempting to tap the full potential of one of its most abundant natural resources--wind. A new development plan unveiled earlier this month focuses on maximizing economic opportunity for Islanders. Under the 10-point plan, construction of 500 megawatts of wind capacity will create 850 jobs in rural communities and an investment of $1 billion. The provincial government plan calls for the establishment of a community trust fund by developers to provide broader benefits to rural areas where projects are being carried out. "It is [...]

P3 Contract for a $50M Moncton Courthouse

Posted on October 27, 2008
CitiGroup Properties of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, will build a new $50-million courthouse in Moncton, New Brunswick, under a public-private-partnership (P3) with the Province of New Brunswick. "The new, state-of-the-art courthouse will transform downtown Moncton, stimulate other growth and development, and help to create a more self-sufficient province," New Brunswick's Energy Minister Jack Keir said. "This is a positive step forward towards a new justice complex that will bring all court activities into a state-of-the-art facility for those working in [...]

$35M Rig Construction Project a First for N.S.

Posted on October 20, 2008
A $35-million rig construction project, announced by Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald in Sydney, October 17, is a first for his province. Laurentian Energy Corporation will build two onshore drilling rigs for Nabors Canada at its Sydport facility. Calgary-based Nabors Canada is the Canadian arm of the largest drilling company in the world. The project marks construction of the first two complete land drilling rigs ever built n Nova Scotia and will create about 75 jobs. [...]

NL Invests in Alternative Energy Study, Pilot Project in Labrador

Posted on October 10, 2008
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will spend $500,000 to identify alternative energy sources for residents of isolated diesel communities in Labrador. The initiative includes an alternative energy study and an energy efficiency community pilot project. The two projects will be carried out by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and will be completed by the end of 2009. In announcing the investments, Minister of Natural Resources Kathy Dunderdale said the initiatives will "provide valuable information that can be used in communities all along the [...]

NB Waste Commissions Turning Garbage into Green Energy

Posted on October 10, 2008
A New Brunswick landfill site is not letting its waste go to waste. It plans to transform its garbage into green energy. The Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corporation proposes to convert methane gas arising from its Berry Mills landfill in Moncton into electricity. The corporation hopes that within a year it will produce a megawatt of electricity from methane, worth about a million dollars per year. Bill Slater, general manager of the Westmorland-Albert commission, estimated the Berry Mills landfill gas could eventually produce three megawatts annually. In [...]

Heating System Draws on Abundant Natural Resource

Posted on September 26, 2008
A Nova Scotia geothermal technology firm has set its sights on Saint John as the next city it hopes will embrace its unique and environmentally-friendly heating and cooling system. High Performance Energy Systems Inc. of Halifax proposes to draw water from the Saint John harbour to heat and cool properties like the port city’s aquatic centre, stadium, new law quarts and police headquarters. The system would pump cold ocean water into underground holes where it would be stored and then used to cool municipal buildings, just as it did in Halifax. It would [...]

Wind Powers NB Energy Plan

Posted on September 26, 2008
The global push for renewable energy is giving rise to a new and potentially robust wind industry in New Brunswick. According to Tom Vihvelin, president and chief executive officer of Wind Dynamics, there are more 400 megawatts of wind projects in the works for this province that could yield in excess of $800 million in direct investments. His Saint John firm won two contracts in NB to build a 64.5-megawatt farm in in Aulac and 49.6-megawatt facility in Lameque. The growth of New Brunswick's wind sector is supported by a provincial government plan to [...]
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