Nova Scotia premier not fazed by Muskrat Falls opposition from consumer groups

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s premier says across-the-board opposition from consumer groups during regulatory hearings in Halifax into the Muskrat Falls project doesn’t faze him.

Darrell Dexter says it’s to be expected that the province’s consumer advocate, small business advocate and an alliance of industrial users would raise concerns about a proposal to build a subsea cable that would ship hydroelectricity to Nova Scotia from Newfoundland.

Nova Scotia utility company Emera (TSX:EMA) has proposed to have customers pay for the $1.5-billion Maritime Link in return for a guaranteed supply of about 20 per cent of the development’s energy production.

Opponents have argued over the past two weeks that the initial block of power will be expensive and there are no guarantees that Nova Scotians will be able to purchase electricity beyond this amount.

Dexter says despite the concerns that have been heard before the Utility and Review Board, he still believes the deal is a good one.



Organizations: Emera, TSX, Utility and Review Board

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Halifax, Newfoundland.Nova Scotia

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  • Tony Rockel
    June 07, 2013 - 12:20

    Is being stunned a requirement these days for anyone running for premier in Eastern Canada?

  • Jon Smith
    June 07, 2013 - 06:39

    You bet its a good deal. Up to the present time, only the province of Quebec has been the beneficiary of such a giveaway subsidized fully on the backs of the Newfoundland ratepayer/taxpayer. Mr. Dexter, how can you agree to set your province up to get on in on such a rake in (WINDFALL) on the backs of a neighbouring province-is there any French in your background?

  • Eli
    June 06, 2013 - 15:09

    Dexter is just as smitten with this boondoogle as our own broomjockey Dunderdale. She did sweep floors in earlier PC backroom days, right?