AEG initiative aims for clean energy future
September 10, 2012, Charlottetown, PE – The federal government announced that the research, conducted under the Atlantic Energy Gateway (AEG) initiative, identified significant potential benefits from regional collaboration, including development and operating cost efficiencies, greater diversity in clean and renewable energy supplies, enhanced stability for ratepayers and lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the Atlantic region.
The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), and the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, joined the ministers of energy of the four Atlantic provinces to announce the results of studies undertaken under the Atlantic Energy Gateway (AEG) initiative. This project was aimed at enhancing government and regional power utilities cooperation in Atlantic Canada for a cleaner energy future.
This research involved significant engagement by the power utilities in the four Atlantic provinces.
"Our Government's top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity," said Minister Valcourt. "The Atlantic Energy Gateway initiative has brought the critical players in the region's energy sector together to not only work toward an affordable, secure, clean energy future, but to also maximize the business and job growth potential of further developing our region's clean and renewable energy industries."
"Today's announcement demonstrates our government's ongoing work with the Atlantic provinces in their transition to a cleaner energy future," said Minister Oliver. "We will continue supporting innovation that advances clean energy technologies and promotes the sustainable use of our energy resources across Canada."
The AEG represents an unprecedented level of collaboration between federal and provincial governments, and provincial utilities. The Atlantic provinces and utilities will use this foundational research, building on the collaborative networks established through the AEG, as they forge ahead with key energy policy and commercial decisions. In the near term, provincial ministers will direct their officials to work with the regional power utilities to further analyse the ways and means of realizing the identified opportunities.
"The ongoing Atlantic Energy Gateway work, in addition to our New Brunswick Energy Blueprint, lays the ground work for future collaborations and partnerships with our neighbours in Atlantic Canada," said the Honourable Craig Leonard, New Brunswick's Acting Minister of Energy. "NB Power's generation capacity coupled with our geographical location makes New Brunswick not only a reliable source of electricity for our Atlantic partners, but also the natural gateway to north-eastern markets."
"The AEG has shown us that there are significant benefits to Nova Scotia and the region as a result of being better connected," said the Honourable Charlie Parker, Nova Scotia's Minister of Energy. "The studies looked at the Maritime Link and the resulting flow of electricity to and through Nova Scotia. With this link in place, Nova Scotia will work with its partners to secure additional value from regional cooperation."
"We are going to seize every available opportunity to work together to access cleaner supplies of energy," said the Honourable Wes Sheridan, Prince Edward Island's Minister of Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs. "Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels will help stabilize power rates, providing greater predictability for the people of the Atlantic Region."
"Partnerships like the one formed for the Atlantic Energy Gateway support a collaborative approach to embrace opportunities for a stronger energy future for the region," said the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Natural Resources. "The development of Muskrat Falls is a great example of regional cooperation and would support a strong economic and environmentally sustainable resource for our province, and provide opportunities for the entire region."
The AEG was announced in March 2009 with the objective of enhancing regional cooperation towards the development of Atlantic Canada's clean energy resources. The AEG represents a collaborative approach among the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Natural Resources Canada, the Atlantic Provinces, regional power utilities and electricity system operators.