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Energy Resources Conservation Act (amended)

BILL NO. 136

(as introduced)

2nd Session, 60th General Assembly
Nova Scotia
57 Elizabeth II, 2008



Private Member's Bill



Energy Resources Conservation Act
(amended)



Howard Epstein
Halifax Chebucto



First Reading: April 28, 2008

(Explanatory Notes)

Second Reading:

Third Reading:

Explanatory Notes

Clause 1 amends the Energy Resources Conservation Act to require the Government to make available interest-free loans for energy-efficiency retrofitting of private homes and eligible small businesses.

Clause 2

(a) prevents restrictions on property owners from erecting clotheslines on their property;

(b) requires owners or operators of retail gasoline stations to provide air for the inflation of tires free of charge;

(c) prevents the construction of buildings in a way that obstructs solar panels on existing buildings; and

(d) requires the Minister of Energy to establish conservation standards for Government and table a report in the House of Assembly respecting the energy consumption of Government.

Clause 3 adds regulation-making authority respecting the eligibility of small businesses for loans and prescribing loan re-payment terms.

An Act to Promote Greater
Energy Efficiency in Nova Scotia

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 Chapter 147 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Energy Resources Conservation Act, is amended by adding immediately after Section 12 the following Section:

13 (1) Subject to subsection (2), the Government of the Province shall, on or before July 1, 2006, make available interest-free loans

(a) to a maximum of ten thousand dollars per recipient for the purpose of facilitating energy-efficiency retrofitting of private homes; and

(b) to a maximum of twenty-five thousand dollars per recipient for the purpose of facilitating energy-efficiency retrofitting of eligible small businesses,

upon such re-payment terms as the Governor in Council prescribes.

(2) The moneys required for the purpose of subsection (1) shall be paid out of moneys appropriated by the Legislature for that purpose.

2 Chapter 147 is further amended by adding immediately after Section 14 the following Sections:

14A Any term or condition of an instrument affecting real property that prevents an owner or occupier from erecting a clothesline is of no effect.

14B (1) Every owner or operator of a retail gasoline station that provides air for the inflation of tires free of charge shall continue to do so.

(2) No owner or operator of a retail gasoline station shall, after July 1, 2007, charge a fee for the inflation of tires.

14C No person shall construct commercial or residential buildings in a way that interferes with or obstructs solar panels on existing buildings.

14D (1) The Minister of Energy shall, before January 1, 2008, establish energy conservation standards for all Government buildings and property leased by the Government.

(2) The Minister of Energy shall, in accordance with subsection (2), prepare an annual report to be tabled in the House of Assembly on an annual basis before March 31, commencing in 2006.

(3) The report must contain information respecting the energy consumption of Government, including but not limited to

(a) the gasoline consumption of the Government fleet of vehicles;

(b) the make, model and average fuel efficiency of the vehicles within the Government fleet;

(c) the electricity used within Government buildings and property leased by the Government;

(d) the educational and awareness programs undertaken by Government to educate employees about energy conservation; and

(e) estimated savings achieved on a yearly basis as a result of conservation efforts.

3 Subsection 29(1) of Chapter 147, as amended by Chapter 15 of the Acts of 2001, is further amended by adding immediately before clause (g) the following clauses:

(e) respecting eligibility of small businesses for loans pursuant to clause 13(1)(b);

(f) prescribing loan re-payment terms for the purpose of subsection 13(1);


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