The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House resumed on:
September 21, 2017.

Bill No. 14

Gas Distribution Act (amended)

An Act to Amend Chapter 4 of the Acts of 1997, the Gas Distribution Act

Introduced by:
Honourable Andrew Younger
Minister of Energy

First Reading
Second Reading Debates
Second Reading Passed
Law Amendments Committee
    Meeting Date(s) October 14, 2014
    Reported to the House
Committee of the Whole House
Third Reading Debates
Third Reading
Royal Assent
Commencement November 20, 2014
2014 Statutes, Chapter 48

Explanatory Note

a) adds definitions of “exempt gas customer” and “exempt gas-delivery system”;

(b) updates the definitions of “gas”, “gas delivery system” and “Minister”; and

(c) adds an interpretive provision that explains when two exempt gas customers are “closely related” to each other.

Clause 2 provides for a review, within five years of its coming into force, of the legislative and regulatory framework for the distribution of natural gas in Nova Scotia.

Clause 3

(a) prohibits a franchise holder from delivering gas except in accordance with its franchise (e.g., prohibiting a franchise holder from operating an exempt gas-delivery system); and

(b) allows a franchise holder who is already operating an exempt gas-delivery system when these amendments come into force to continue to do so, subject to a right to apply to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to convert its exempt gas-delivery system, or any part of it, into a (regulated) gas delivery system permitted to be operated under its franchise.

Clause 4 allows a person, on application, to be declared to be an exempt gas customer if the franchise holder with the exclusive right to supply gas to the person is unlikely to be able to deliver gas to the person within a reasonable period and if the Board considers it to be in the public interest to do so.

Clause 5

(a) limits the requirement that a gas marketer possess a licence to marketers of natural gas; and

(b) provides that no licence is required to market natural gas to a prospective exempt gas customer.

Clause 6 adds regulation-making powers to support the definitions of ”exempt gas-delivery customer“ and ”exempt gas-delivery system“ and the determination of whether an exempt gas customer is closely related to another exempt gas customer.