Cafe Canada: Small Grids, Big Choices: South Shore Electricity and Communications Options 2012-2020

  • Fri, April 27, 2012
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • 45 School Street, Mahone Bay
The South Shore Chapter, Council of Canadians presents a Cafe Canada

Half of Nova Scotia's small electric utilities are on the South Shore. Mahone Bay and Lunenburg Town Councils operate town-owned utilities, while Riverport’s is directly owned and run by its citizens as a cooperative. Canso’s public utility is presently for sale while Berwick’s and Antigonish’s are strong but isolated.

 A once-in-a-lifetime shift in technology is happening that requires substantial new investment in these grids, but also opens up even more substantial revenue and development opportunities. In the US,  almost 3000 town-owned public power districts and rural electric cooperatives have lead the way in providing safe and affordable services, while avoiding some of the pitfalls associated with the larger utilities.

Nova Scotia does have options when it comes to our future electricity and communications needs. Join us on Friday evening, April 27, 2012 in the Community Room at the Mahone Bay Centre for an informative session about these options beginning at 7:30 p.m.   Panelists Prof. Larry Hughes (of Dalhousie), Craig Hubley (networking infrastructure consultant, telecommuter) and others directly involved in industries or technologies affected will lead a public discussion on the issue, followed by an opportunity for questions and answers.

There is no cost but donations will be accepted. Refreshments, including fair trade coffee, will be served.

For more information, please contact the South Shore Chapter of the Council of Canadians: (902) 527-2928
southshore.coc@gmail.com / http://southshorecouncil.wordpress.com

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