Thousands of Nova Scotians Light Up for Less

first_imgThousands of Nova Scotians will save money and help cut greenhouse gas emissions after exchanging 11,000 old sets of holiday lights for new, more energy efficient lights. More than 5,600 sets of LED holiday lights were provided at 23 exchanges through the province. The joint program between Conserve Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Power encouraged Nova Scotians to switch to energy efficient holiday lighting. “The holiday light exchange was a great success with more people than ever participating. This means more Nova Scotians will light up for less and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the holidays,” said Richard Hurlburt Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “This is part of our efforts to ensure Nova Scotia has one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.” Program participants exchanged two sets of traditional incandescent lights for one set of LED lights. Since the program was launched in 2005, more than 21,000 old sets of lights have been exchanged. “In addition to taking more than 11,000 older, inefficient lights out of use, this program allowed us to share information with Nova Scotians about the benefits of LEDs,” said Rob Bennett, executive vice-president of revenue and sustainability for Nova Scotia Power. “We’re very pleased and encouraged by this year’s response.” The LED holiday light exchange program took place in New Glasgow, Amherst, Port Hawkesbury, Truro, Sherbrooke Village, Berwick, Yarmouth, Halifax, Goshen, Liverpool, Bridgewater, Springhill, Bible Hill, Wolfville, Bridgetown, Dartmouth, Trenton, Sydney, New Germany, Eastern Passage, Shelburne, Annapolis Royal and Pictou. All towns and municipalities were invited to participate in the program. LED holiday lights last 10 times longer than traditional bulbs, produce very little heat thereby reducing risk of fire, contain no glass, and are durable and safe. The lights are available at local retailers in a variety of colours, string lengths, and bulb sizes. For more energy saving tips visit www.conservens.ca or www.nspower.ca Under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia has a goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels. Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) has been producing and delivering electricity to Nova Scotians for more than 80 years. Today, NSPI’s more than 1,600 employees are responsible for supplying more than 97 per cent of the generation, transmission, and distribution of electrical power to 470,000 customers in the province. NSPI is the largest wholly-owned subsidiary of its parent company, Emera Inc.last_img read more

Province QEII Foundation Pledge 14 Million to Improve Cancer Care Wait Times

first_imgCancer patients in Nova Scotia will get better care and shorter wait times thanks to the province’s $10.1-million contribution to the radiation therapy project. The QEII Foundation has also committed to raise $4 million for equipment for the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The provincial investment will help expand the cancer centre, build new radiation therapy bunkers and buy new equipment. “This is a significant investment in the future of cancer care in Nova Scotia,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “The new equipment and expanded bunker will help to reduce wait times and improve patient care for years to come. Partnerships like this one with the QEII Foundation will help the government to live within its means and continue to provide needed services.” The QEII Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization established to strengthen health care at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The foundation invests in projects to acquire leading-edge patient care technology, ground-breaking medical research and community-based disease prevention programs. Bruce Marchand, vice-chair of the QEII Foundation’s volunteer board of trustees, pledged the foundation’s support for the radiation therapy project and announced a campaign to raise $4 million for new equipment and upgrades. “Cancer is something that affects Nova Scotia families every day,” said Mr. Marchand. “We need advancements like this and that’s why the QEII Foundation is standing behind the project and asking Nova Scotians to give generously.” The radiation therapy project was announced in March 2007, when Nova Scotia received $24 million from the federal government. Since then, a review with cancer centre staff determined that additional funding would be needed to provide adequate space and equipment. Cancer experts anticipate an increased demand for radiation therapy and Nova Scotia is preparing to meet that. Dr. Tetteh Ago, chief of radiation oncology for Capital Health, said the investment bodes well for the future of cancer care in Nova Scotia.”This will enable us to provide world-class radiation treatment,” said Dr. Ago. “It will help us meet our goal of making wait times for Nova Scotians requiring radiation treatment among the shortest in Canada.” The radiation therapy project is a $39.5-million initiative that will significantly improve the amount and quality of radiation therapy Nova Scotians receive in the province’s two cancer centres. It is funded by the Department of Health, Health Canada, Capital District Health Authority, the QEII Foundation, the Cape Breton District Health Authority and the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation, which contributed $1 million to an expansion taking place at the Cape Breton Cancer Centre.last_img read more

Husky Energy Incs massive 65B Liwan offshore natural gas platform starts up

CALGARY — Husky Energy Inc. says natural gas has started to flow from the massive $6.5-billion Liwan offshore project in the South China Sea.“Liwan is Husky’s largest project to date and places us inside the door of one of the fastest growing energy markets in the world,” CEO Asim Ghosh said in a release.“It was a massive undertaking and is a great achievement for deepwater gas production in the Asia Pacific Region.”On a quarterly conference call last year, Ghosh likened the assembly of Liwan’s offshore infrastructure to affixing downtown Calgary’s Palliser Hotel to the top of the Calgary Tower — an enormous undertaking that requires extreme precision.Husky operates the deepwater infrastructure, while its partner, Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC Ltd., operates the shallow water facilities and onshore gas terminal. CNOOC holds 51% of their production sharing contract, with Husky holding the rest.The project, about 300 kilometres southeast of Hong Kong, taps into three offshore fields, using shared infrastructure to produce the gas and get it to market.Gas from the first field, Liwan 3-1, has started flowing, with sales expected to increase to 300 million cubic feet per day in the second half of this year. Initial sales of condensates and natural gas liquids are expected to be between 10,000 and 14,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.The second field, Liuhua 34-2, is expected to be tied into the Liwan infrastructure during the second half of 2014, after which sales are expected to increase to 340 million cubic feet per day.The third field, Liuhua 29-1, is expected to be tied in around 2016-2017, when total gas sales are expected to rise to between 400 and 500 million cubic feet per day.For the first five years, gas from Liwan 3-1 and Liuhua 34-2 will sell at between US$11 and US$13 per 1,000 cubic feet, while negotiations are underway for the Liuhua 29-1 sales contract.The project started up amid extremely stormy weather in the South China Sea. Husky expects production from its Asia Pacific segment to come in at the lower end of its 35,000 to 45,000 barrel per day guidance range for this year. read more