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Green light for transmission lines to New Brunswick

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The project to build transmission lines between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick has obtained the necessary environmental approvals. (Archive photo)

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The project, which will build new transmission lines between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, received the necessary environmental approvals from the Nova Scotia government this week so that it can move forward. /p>

Nova Scotia Power plans to build a new 345-kilovolt transmission line between Onslow, Nova Scotia, and the border with New Brunswick.

The project also includes an upgrade of the Onslow electrical substation.

New steel pylons will be erected for the new transmission line, which will be built alongside an existing 96 kilometer line with the same capacity.

The authorizations granted by the province are, however, accompanied by certain conditions. Nova Scotia Power will be required to carry out surveys of bird and moose populations that live along the route of the new transmission lines and develop plans to mitigate the impacts of the new lines on wildlife.

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Construction could begin next fall and commissioning would take place in 2027.

The construction of the new transmission lines aims to help Nova Scotia and New Brunswick phase out coal-fired electricity generation and create a green electricity distribution network by 2030.< /p>Open in full screen mode

Nova Scotia Power is the electricity distributor in Nova Scotia. (Archive photo)

The Nova Scotia government wants to green its electricity by focusing on solar and wind energy. The province now produces about 60% of its energy from fossil fuels, mainly coal.

NB Power will have to build lines transmission over a distance of 65 kilometers on its territory, in addition to an extension to the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant.

The project n has still not been submitted to the Government of New Brunswick in order to obtain the necessary environmental approvals to move forward.

D 'after information fromTaryn Grant,CBC

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