Eskasoni Energy Project in Millbrook Gets Goahead From Province

first_imgPeople in the Millbrook area will soon have access to clean energy generated in their community. Truro-Bible Hill MLA Lenore Zann, on behalf of Energy Minister Charlie Parker, announced today, Jan. 11, that a 4.4-megawatt wind project in Millbrook has been approved for the Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) program. The project will be on the same site as the six-megawatt Millbrook First Nation wind project, which was approved last February. “I am pleased that both of these First Nation communities are interested in helping to diversify and transform Nova Scotia’s electricity system,” said Ms. Zann. “We commend both Millbrook and Eskasoni for seeing the benefits of the COMFIT program, which will help create local economic opportunities while generating clean energy.” Both communities are working together on the required grid-impact study and federal and provincial environmental assessments, as well as a community engagement strategy. Construction is expected to be finished in 2014. The power will be used in the same area, providing economic development opportunities. Each band will retain its position as majority owner of the separate project companies, with separate COMFIT certificates. “Eskasoni is very interested in pursuing environmentally conscientious community investment opportunities,” said Chief Leroy Denny. “Wind energy is a natural fit for us and we are grateful for the opportunity to co-locate with Millbrook.” “We’re proud to be leaders as we look for alternatives to fossil fuels and seek out new economic opportunities for our band, the community and neighbouring counties,” said Chief Bob Gloade, Millbrook First Nation. “Wind energy is about making investments today that will benefit out future generations.” The 2010 Renewable Electricity Plan introduced the COMFIT concept to help provide a secure supply of electricity at stable prices while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating local economic development opportunities. COMFIT provides eligible groups, including First Nations, an established price per kilowatt hour (kWh) for projects producing electricity from clean resources such as wind, biomass, in-stream tidal and hydroelectric developments. The feed-in tariff rates were established by the Utility and Review Board in September 2011. The COMFIT program will help the province reach its clean energy targets of 25 per cent renewable electricity by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020. For more information on the program, visit read more

Duke and Duchess of Sussex to take Archie with them on official

The trip will focus on conservation and, along with all official visits arranged by the Government, will involve a range of engagements designed to further the UK’s relationship with the region. In Angola, the Duke will spend time with landmine charity The Halo Trust, visiting regions made famous around the world by his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.In Malawi, he is expected to spend time highlighting conservation issues including the illegal wildlife trade, and work with his own children’s charity, Sentebale.The couple already have links to Botswana, where they went on private holidays in the early days of their relationship.The Duke and Duchess will also be expected to undertake engagements designed to boost trade and diplomacy with the UK, meeting young activists and entrepreneurs, and hosting a garden party to share a message from the Queen. They have so far emphasised their commitment to his privacy, appearing in front of the camera with him at just two days old and posting one photograph of his feet and another of his partially obscured face on Instagram.He will be seen again at his christening  in a few weeks’ time, before the family of three all visit South Africa in the  autumn.The tour will begin in Cape Town. The Duke will go on to travel further afield, leaving his wife and small son to visit Angola and Malawi at the request of the FCO, and make a working trip to Botswana.He will rejoin the Duchess and Archie at the end of the trip in Johannesburg. Posting on Instagram, a spokesman for the couple said: “The Duke and Duchess are really looking forward to meeting so many of you on the ground and continuing to raise awareness of the high impact work local communities are doing across the commonwealth and beyond.“This will be their first official tour as a family!” The extent of the baby’s involvement in the trip would be a “decision for their Royal Highnesses”, a source said. He will be little more than five months old and some way from perfecting his royal wave.But, as any member of the Royal family will attest, it is never too early to begin service to Queen and country, as Archie Mountbatten-Windsor goes on tour to Africa. Archie, who was born on May 6, will visit South Africa with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the autumn, in what his parents describe as their “first official tour as a family”.He is thought to be youngest member of the modern royal generation to undertake a tour.His father, Prince Harry, went to Italy in 1985 at around eight months old, while his uncle the Duke of Cambridge visited Australia and New Zealand at nine months old in 1983.  His cousin Prince George made a trip to the same countries at eight months in 2014.Buckingham Palace did not confirm whether Archie would join his parents for any public official engagements, but he is likely to be seen several times on the trip – at least on arrival and departure – as the Sussexes use the visit to build a relationship with the people of the Commonwealth in southern Africa. read more