In Atlantic Canada and more particularly in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, there are multiple sources and different mixes of energy available in each area.
Direct energy sources in Nova Scotia include gas, oil, propane, and geothermal from ground source, seawater and solar. The sources for electricity in Nova Scotia are a mix of coal, wind, gas, hydro, oil and tidal power.
In Newfoundland and Labrador the direct energy sources are oil, propane, and geothermal from ground source, solar and seawater. Electricity is produced fully by hydro in Newfoundland and Labrador, except in the NE Greater Avalon area, which is currently oil fired. (The only exceptions are remote off-grid diesel powered communities.) In 2017 with the completion of the changes at Muskrat Falls project, all electricity on the Newfoundland and Labrador grid will be fueled by hydro. Geothermal energy from seawater has been introduced in downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland with the opening of 351 Water Street. The project uses geothermal energy from the tidal flush under the building to heat and cool the entire building, and is the first system of its kind in Newfoundland and Labrador.
When East Port designs a tenant space and looks at a Tenants energy requirements, we take into consideration the availability of different sources in the area and the most cost effective strategy for that space and use. Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador require different strategies as each area is unique in available sources and their cost.