Proposed rate would see Nova Scotia Power take more control over electricity use at Port Hawkesbury Paper mill

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Proposed rate would see Nova Scotia Power take more control over electricity use at Port Hawkesbury Paper mill

October 02, 2019 - 14:49
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POINT TUPPER, NS, Oct. 2, 2019 (The Chronicle Herald) -Port Hawkesbury Paper and Nova Scotia Power Inc. have filed an application with the provincial regulator for a new electricity rate for the mill, which is the utility’s largest single customer.

Documents filed with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board note that, under the proposed rate, NSPI would have more authority to scale back or ramp up the mill’s power usage, with PHP “turning over the keys” to the utility from an electricity supply perspective depending upon the system load. In essence, it would treat the mill as a part of its system — NSPI tells its own plants what load to run, and now that would also be extended to PHP.

The current load retention rate paid by the papermaker is due to expire at the end of the year.

The proposed extra-large industrial active demand control tariff is described as a below-the-line rate that has been designed to create further value for the utility’s other customers as compared to the current rate.

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