BILL NO. 175
2nd Session, 63rd General Assembly
68 Elizabeth II, 2019
Marine Renewable-energy Act
The Honourable Derek Mombourquette
Minister of Energy and Mines
First Reading: October 4, 2019
Second Reading: October 8, 2019
Third Reading: October 22, 2019 (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)
Clause 1 removes the phrase "for generators under demonstration permits" from the heading before the Sections dealing with "power purchase agreements".
(a) deems the holder of a licence issued under subsection 30(1) in respect of a generator and the public utility that owns the electrical grid to which the generator is to be interconnected to have entered into one or more power purchase agreements; and
1 The heading immediately after Section 49 of Chapter 32 of the Acts of 2015, the Marine Renewable-energy Act, as enacted by Chapter 12 of the Acts of 2017, is amended by striking out "FOR GENERATORS UNDER DEMONSTRATION PERMITS" immediately after "AGREEMENTS" in the first line.
2 Chapter 32 is further amended by adding immediately after Section 49A the following Section:
- 49B (1) Where a licence is, or has been, issued under subsection 30(1) in respect of a generator, the licence holder and the public utility that owns the electrical grid to which the generator is to be interconnected are deemed to have entered into one or more power purchase agreements, as determined by the Minister, in the form prescribed under subsection (2).
(2) The Minister shall prescribe the form of the power purchase agreement or agreements, as the case may be, applicable in respect of the licence holder and the public utility referred to in subsection (1).
(3) The aggregate nameplate capacity allowable under the cumulative power purchase agreements deemed to be entered into by a licence holder under subsection (1) must not exceed the aggregate nameplate capacity assigned under all of the licence holder's feed-in tariff approvals issued under Section 28 of the Renewable Electricity Regulations.
(4) The public utility shall procure all electricity under the power purchase agreement or agreements, as the case may be, at a price to be determined by the Minister and set out in the agreement or agreements.
(5) Subject to subsection (7), the licence holder and the public utility may, by mutual consent, amend the power purchase agreement or agreements, as the case may be, and, where they do so, shall provide a copy of the amended agreement or agreements to the Minister.
(6) The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board shall allow a public utility to recover the costs in connection with any power purchase agreement the public utility is deemed to have entered into under subsection (1) through the public utility's rates approved by the Board under the Public Utilities Act.
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