Efficiency funding cut highlights Liberals’ broken election promise

August 12, 2015

There would be no 10% cut to energy efficiency programs today had the McNeil government not broken a key election promise says NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald.

As a result the NDP have revised Stephen McNeil’s Efficiency Nova Scotia election promise (see attached).

On page 9 of the Nova Scotia Liberal platform, Stephen McNeil promised to make Nova Scotia Power shareholders pay the $46 million cost of Efficiency Nova Scotia, which he said would “strengthen energy efficiency programs.”

However, in the spring of 2014, the McNeil government passed legislation allowing the opposite to happen. As a result, today the UARB determined that Nova Scotia Power could reduce funding to energy efficiency programs by 10%. Meanwhile ratepayers, not Nova Scotia Power shareholders will be asked to pay for the $34 million annual cost.

MacDonald says the Liberals’ broken promise will mean higher energy costs for ratepayers and higher greenhouse gas emissions for Nova Scotia Power. She says the impact of today’s decision is compounded by the McNeil government’s announcement last week that it is cancelling the Community Feed in Tariff Program (COMFIT).

“Once again Stephen McNeil promised one thing and delivered the exact opposite,” says MacDonald. “What was supposed to be a win-win situation for Nova Scotia households has turned into a lose-lose scenario.”