In a study commissioned by the Ecology Action Centre of Halifax, researchers suggest that the proposed Atlantic Loop electricity corridor to link the Atlantic provinces to power from Québec and Labrador is a necessary but not sufficient element to satisfy future demand, as well as meet emission reduction targets. The authors’ estimates of demand, supply, and cost are subject to considerable variability. The Atlantic Loop is considered technically feasible but its cost might ultimately be higher than currently expected. The amount of electricity supplied might be affected by demand from other markets, especially the US northeast. Regional demand in Atlantic Canada is expected to grow, while at the same time New Brunswick and Nova Scotia de-commission currently operating fossil-fuel generation facilities.
SOURCE: CBC – Atlantic Loop needed