Maritime Link Act (amended)
BILL NO. 65
5th Session, 61st General Assembly
62 Elizabeth II, 2013
Private Member's Bill
Maritime Link Act
The Honourable Jamie Baillie
First Reading: April 26, 2013
This Bill amends the Maritime Link Act to
(a) expand the review by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board of the Maritime Link Project to include a review of the development of the Lower Churchill Project; and
(b) require a consideration of alternatives for providing Nova Scotians with more affordable electricity and for reducing the environmental impact of producing electricity.
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 Clause 2(c) of Chapter 9 of the Acts of 2012, the Maritime Link Act, is amended by adding ", and includes the development of the Lower Churchill Project, including its design, construction, operation and maintenance" immediately after "2010" in the last line.
2 Section 4 of Chapter 9 is amended by adding "(1)" immediately after the Section number and adding the following subsections:
(2) The Review Board shall consider all reasonable alternatives to the Maritime Link Project, including the generation and transmission costs of each alternative, and determine which options would result in the most affordable electricity for Nova Scotians.
(3) The Review Board shall determine the environmental impact of the most affordable alternatives for Nova Scotians.
(4) The Review Board may only approve the Maritime Link Project if it determines that it will likely be more affordable for Nova Scotians than all other reasonable alternatives that reduce the environmental impact of providing electricity to the Province.
(5) For greater certainty, the regulations may not limit the scope of the duties of the Review Board pursuant to this Section.
3 Clause 6(1)(b) of Chapter 9 is repealed.
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