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The Yorkshire Renewable Energy Centre project (the “Project”) is a 155 MW wind energy project proposed within Cumberland County near Amherst, Nova Scotia with proposed interconnection in Westmorland parish in New Brunswick, adjacent to the New Brunswick, Nova Scotia border.
Our aim is to develop a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable Project that will deliver local economic development opportunities and investment during development, construction and operation of the facility.
Today, the Project does not yet have a contract, and it remains a Proposed project.
The proposed Project was selected by Emera though its Atlantic Link solicitation process to acquire renewable energy projects to complete a submission to the Massachusetts Request for Proposals (“RFP”) in July 2017. Should Emera’s Atlantic Link project submission be selected by the Massachusetts RFP, Yorkshire Renewable Energy Centre project would receive a contract to proceed with the implementation of the project.
EDF Renewables has been actively engaging the the community and project landowners since 2011. We’ve enjoyed the support of the host municipality, landowners and other members of the community At the same time, we understand there will be questions and invite you to connect with us should you need any additional information, or have ideas to share with us.
While we will not know the outcome of the Massachusetts RFP until Winter/Spring 2018, the Yorkshire Wind Development Team is reengaging with landowners, project neighbours, local communities, government, Indigenous communities, and special interest groups in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Atlantic Link/Massachusetts RFP
EDF Renewables is proud to announce that the Yorkshire Renewable Energy Centre was selected by Emera though its Atlantic Link solicitation process to acquire renewable energy projects to complete a submission to the Massachusetts Request for Proposals (“RFP”) in July 2017. Should Emera’s Atlantic Link project submission be selected by the Massachusetts RFP, Yorkshire Renewable Energy Centre project would receive a contract to proceed with the implementation of the project. At this point, construction would occur in 2021 and 2022.
Here is a link to the Emera news release dated July 27 2017: http://investors.emera.com/file.aspx?IID=4072693&FID=389635469
Here is a link to the Massachusetts RFP website: https://macleanenergy.com/
In every project we develop, EDF Renewables takes a long-term view. We are involved in the project from start to finish: from development and construction to operations and maintenance and, finally, decommissioning.
At every stage, EDF Renewables will engage Indigenous communities and stakeholders by informing them, listening to their feedback and integrating their input and lessons learned along the way to recognize the needs, heritage and future of the community.
EDF Renewables looks forward to continuing conversations with groups like the Departments of Natural Resources, Environment, and Infrastructure; the Nature Conservancy of Canada; Town of Amherst; and Cumberland County; Ducks Unlimited and other NGOs, and to engaging with Indigenous groups in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
STAGE 1: DEVELOPMENT – CURRENT STAGE
- Summer 2017-Spring 2018:
- Continue outreach with project landowners, neighbors and other stakeholders such as the Town of Amherst, Cumberland County, Departments of Natural Resources, Environment, and Infrastructure, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, etc.
- Spring 2018:
- Project awarded a contract via Massachusetts RFP
- Spring 2018 to fall 2019:
- Ongoing stakeholder and Indigenous community engagement;
- Continue conducting natural heritage and environmental studies and activities towards the environmental assessment approval process
- Winter/spring 2020:
- Submission of all required environmental approvals to Nova Scotia Environment
STAGE 2: CONSTRUCTION
- Anticipated start of construction Q3 2021
STAGE 3: OPERATION
- Anticipated Operation starting in Q4 2022 and lasting approximately 25 years through to 2047
STAGE 4: DECOMMISSIONING
- Expected project decommissioning 2047
- Full decommissioning and reclamation typically can lasts about one year, followed by the operational phase
EDF Renewables believes every renewable energy project should be developed in lock step with local stakeholders and decision makers from conception to realization in a way that is respectful to the needs, heritage and future of Cumberland County and surrounding communities.
The proposed Yorkshire Renewable Energy Centre would inject many benefits into the local communities within Nova Scotia and New Brunswick::
- 200 or more jobs created for many months during Project construction
Four (4) to six (6) full time operational positions, with additional part time work and contract services to fulfill maintenance, landscaping and other operational needs.
- More than $30 million dollars in tax contributions to the Municipality of Cumberland County over the 25 year operating phase
- Approximately $30 million dollars in payments to landowners and businesses for hosting project infrastructure over the 25 year operating phase of the project
- Opportunities for acquisition of services and materials from local businesses.
- Local investments into hospitality and construction services during the development, construction and operational phases of the Project.
- Capability to offset about 384,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to taking 80,000 cars off the road or sequestering carbon from 363,642 acres of US forests in one year while providing electricity to the equivalent of 46,000 homes (Source: https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator)
EDF Renewables is proud of our commitment to providing cleaner, renewable energy to reduce the need for the use of coal and other sources of carbon-based fuel. Climate change and low-carbon commitments are a key part of our core values and guide our day-to-day decisions and operations.
Should you have questions, comments or any interest in the Project, please contact the Yorkshire Wind Energy Centre development team at any time:
Project Lead: Kevin Campbell, Senior Developer
Phone: 1-844-55-EDF-EN (1-844-553-3336)