Clean Electricity Solutions

Nova Scotia is undergoing its biggest energy transformation in a century. The Clean Electricity Solutions Task Force will thoughtfully and methodically gather as much information as possible to help government make evidence-based decisions regarding modernizing the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in Nova Scotia.

– Alison Scott, Chair, Clean Electricity Solutions Task Force

Who We Are

Alison ScottAlison Scott
A former board member of the Canada Energy Regulator (previously the National Energy Board), Alison Scott previously served for 30 years in the Nova Scotia public service. Her roles in Nova Scotia included Clerk of Executive Council, Deputy Minister of Energy and Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. She oversaw the development of Nova Scotia’s energy research strategy and played a lead role in establishing ocean energy research institutions to further advance the development of Nova Scotia tidal energy opportunities. She was also seconded to Environment Canada as an advisor to the Deputy Minister on climate change negotiations. A graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law, before her time as a Nova Scotia Deputy Minister, Scott was a litigator with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, specializing in administrative and constitutional law.

John MacIsaacJohn MacIsaac, P.Eng.
With more than three decades of experience in engineering, project management and operations across multiple industrial sectors, John MacIsaac returned to Nova Scotia in 2022. His more recent executive leadership roles at both non-regulated and regulated utilities included Executive Lead of Operations for Churchill Falls Labrador Corporation, President of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Executive Vice President, Power Supply, at Nalcor Energy.  He also worked in asset management and engineering roles for McCain Foods in Europe and production and engineering roles for Michelin Tire Canada in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.  MacIsaac holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

Our Mandate

Nova Scotia is facing a global climate emergency. Nova Scotians have been acting, with much more to do.

We are working to ensure that 80% of our electricity comes from renewable energy by 2030, with the ultimate goal a net zero province by 2050. It’s all part of Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Plan for Clean Growth.

But our electricity system was designed for the last century, not the next one. That’s why the Nova Scotia government created the Clean Electricity Solutions Task Force in April 2023, to engage with energy and climate change experts, Indigenous people and other Nova Scotians about the kind of changes we need to make as a province to modernize our electricity system for the 21st century and beyond.

Electricity infrastructure and related connections, reliability, affordability and the regulatory environment are the key issues the Task Force is being asked to make recommendations on by the end of January 2024.

What we’re doing

The Task Force is doing the following work:

  • examining electricity infrastructure needs for reliability, capacity and storage to meet climate change goals;
  • assessing connections to other essential services such as telecommunications;
  • reviewing the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board Act in terms of electricity generation, transmission and rates; and
  • engaging subject matter experts, the Mi’kmaq and other interested Nova Scotians.

In addition to our own series of meetings, the Task Force is making a public call for submissions in August 2023, providing an update to Nova Scotians in October 2023, with a final report due to the Premier and Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables in January 2024.


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