The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is an extensive, consultative process where we work with our partners, stakeholders, the energy community, and our regulator to plan for the long term future of our energy system. Together, our shared priorities are:

  • Safety: To provide safe electric service throughout the province.
  • Reliability: To meet reliability requirements that ensure supply adequacy.
  • Affordability: To find the lowest long term cost option to supply electricity to Nova Scotians
  • Clean Energy: To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support economy-wide decarbonization.
  • Robustness: To develop a plan that can withstand realistic potential changes to key assumptions.

At its core, the IRP outlines our commitment to supporting provincial decarbonization and providing a clean, reliable energy system at the lowest cost to customers—in both the near and long term.

Our work is informed by our province’s Sustainable Development Goals Act (SDGA), which established goals to transition to a net-zero carbon provincial economy. The IRP outlines how we can shift towards cleaner energy and support the growth of a clean and green economy by enabling the electrification of other sectors like transportation and heating.

Key findings

Nova Scotia Power evaluated a broad range of potential future scenarios with stakeholders and identified the following key themes that shape our IRP Action Plan:

We need to continue to plan for a lower carbon economy.

Steeply reducing carbon emissions will be in line with the targets set out in Nova Scotia’s Sustainable Development Goals Act (SDGA). Our plan explores additions of low-emission energy sources, the grid services needed to support those energy sources, and movement away from fossil fuels in our generation mix. The IRP also tells us that a low-carbon economy will lead to additional electrification of end uses like home heating and vehicle transportation; this electrification can have positive impacts on both electricity rates and provincial carbon emissions.


Decarbonization will involve new sources of clean energy and new firm capacity.

This will include transmission, wind energy, demand response programs, and fast-acting local generation, among others.

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As our electricity system evolves, reliability will continue to be our focus.

Ensuring sufficient generating capacity and ancillary grid services are available to meet expected demand is a key part of a reliable transition to a low carbon future.

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The IRP proposes a robust, long term electricity strategy.

Nova Scotia Power will start implementing this strategy immediately in order to meet the demands of a low-carbon energy future. We have modelled over 30 scenarios and evaluated dozens of model inputs with the engagement of our partners and stakeholders; the process has been thorough and will help us act to meet growing demand for low-carbon energy.


Action Plan & Roadmap

Our collective work highlights the most important near-term projects to deliver on our longer-term strategy. These actions include:

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    Develop a Regional Integration Strategy that increases Nova Scotia’s ability to reliably access low-carbon electricity and capacity from other jurisdictions.

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    Develop an Electrification Strategy to support provincial decarbonization and reduce upward pressure on electricity rates.

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    Initiate a Thermal Plant Retirement, Redevelopment, and Replacement plan to enable a transition to a cleaner and greener generation mix.

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    Create a Demand Response Strategy that works with customers to maximize flexibility and opportunities for cost savings, built on learnings from other projects.

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    Collaborate with EfficiencyOne to develop energy efficiency programs that create value and minimize the total cost to customers.

We invite you to learn more about the process, key findings and action plan.

The Process

  • Eighteen

    months of planning, modelling, and analysis

  • NINE

    participant workshops

  • Seven

    rounds of formal submissions from stakeholders

  • Over 50

    organizations and over 100 individuals engaged across Nova Scotia

Thank you!

The action plan and roadmap outlined in the IRP would not have been possible without the extensive engagement and consultative planning process from our stakeholders. Thank you for helping us build a better plan – for Nova Scotia Power and our customers.

if you have any questions about the IRP report or the process, please contact news@nspower.ca.