Renewable Energy

Wind Energy Fact Sheets for Nova Scotia Municipalities (2015)

Every technology that generates electricity, from non-renewable or renewable sources, presents challenges and opportunities. Balanced comparison from ecological, social and financial perspectives can help communities make decisions about their energy future. The Wind Energy Fact Sheets for Nova Scotia Municipalities (3.2 MB) are designed to give elected officials, municipal staff and interested citizens balanced information on wind energy development.

 

The fact sheets focus on wind energy in the context of other renewable and non-renewable energy sources. The package of ten can be used as a set or individually (links to the individual fact sheets are provided below); they can be skimmed, or mined for detail. Drawing on research from existing resources and best practices, they provide Nova Scotia-specific content on topics related to wind energy development and a comprehensive source of information to support municipalities in making informed decisions on wind energy.

Links to UNSM's Individual Wind Energy Fact Sheets

Building on the Wind Energy Development Plan Project, a wind primer (1.19 MB) was developed to outline the three main steps required to develop a wind energy plan (consultation, mapping and policy development), and lessons learned and best practices from the pilot projects completed by the Municipality of the District of Shelburne and the Municipality of the County of Cumberland. The primer is meant to assist municipalities interested in proactively planning for large wind projects.

Windwind turbines Energy Development Plan Project (2010)

In 2010, the Municipal Sustainability Office issued a request for expressions of interest inviting municipalities to apply for support to develop wind energy plans. Funding provided by the Department of Energy was awarded to the Municipality of the District of Shelburne and the Municipality of the County of Cumberland to determine zones within each municipality's boundaries where the installation of large wind turbines should be encouraged, discouraged and prohibited. Click on the links for a copy of the reports from the District of Shelburne and Cumberland County and updates from each municipality (Shelburne and Cumberland) since the reports were completed.

Municipal Wind Energy Bylaws (2010)

In the fall of 2010, the Municipal Sustainability Office worked with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy to collect all Wind Turbine By-laws (52 kB) in place in our municipalities.

Please note, if you would like to amend or add a bylaw, please contact UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Coordinator at .

Model Wind Turbine By-Laws & Best Practices for Nova Scotia Municipalities Report (2008)

Nova Scotia municipalities have an interest and stake in the development of renewable energy projects in the province, and as more municipalities look towards wind energy as a viable component of their energy system, it becomes increasingly important to define how these projects will fit within each community. The onus is on municipalities to create by-laws that take into account the concerns of their citizens without unduly hampering the development of this important renewable energy resource.
In partnership Nova Scotia Energy, Service Nova Scotia & Municipal Relations and Halifax Regional Municipality, UNSM commissioned a study to outline best practice guidelines and model wind turbine by-laws to aid municipalities in making important decisions about developing wind projects in their communities.

Electronic Viewing Version

Final Report: UNSM's Model Wind Turbine By-Laws & Best Practices Report (711 kB) with appendices can be viewed electronically. If you wish to print the report and its appendices, we recommend you use the print versions below.

Print Versions

Final Report: Model Wind Turbine By-laws and Best Practices for Nova Scotia Municipalities (without Appendix A (Bibliography). For best results, print on 8.5 X 11 paper. Remember to print back-to-back to save on paper.

Appendix A (Bibliography): Model Wind Turbine By-laws and Best Practices for Nova Scotia Municipalities (click here (150 kB) for a printable version of Appendix A. For best printing results, print on 11 X 17 paper)