This webpage has been provided for members of local communities who have a low-impact renewable electricity project proposed near them. It explains how to best engage with the Rate Base Procurement, the role of Coho (formerly Customer First Renewables), and who to contact if you have any questions or commentary regarding a proposed renewable energy project.
The Procurement Administrator (PA) and the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables have also compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions, which can be found on the Public FAQ page.
Engaging with Rate Base Procurement Projects:
Members of the local community near a potential project and the general public are encouraged to engage with the Rate Base Procurement in the following ways:
1) Participate directly in a Proponent's community engagement activities:
Proponents are required by the PA to engage with communities local to their proposed project (see RFP Section 6.3.1 Engagement with the General Public for details). The best way to have your voice heard is to participate in these engagement opportunities and by contacting the Proponent directly. Asking questions, reviewing materials provided, raising concerns, requesting specific information or specific accommodations are an important part of the project’s development process. At a minimum, Proponents must publicly post contact information and Project information within 30 Business Days of the RFP Date of Issuance (by mid-March).
2) Provide commentary to be reviewed by the PA as part of the RFP scoring:
If you are a member of the general public and would like to provide comments regarding a specific proposed project for the Rate Base Procurement, you can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like your comment to be considered with respect to the scoring of a specific proposed project, we request that you make clear which proposed project you are commenting on by providing us with the name of the developer if known, if not, then the community or location where the project is proposed to be built. If you would like your comments to be considered for the evaluation of Proposals by the PA, kindly send your comments by the Proposal Submission Deadline (May 11, 2022).
Comments sent to email@example.com by the Proposal Submission Deadline will be gathered, anonymized, and forwarded to the PA. Any personal information (e.g. your name or your email) submitted as comments through this process will be kept private and confidential. Your comments will be used by the PA to conduct additional due diligence on the materials submitted by project developers (referred to below as Proponents).
The PA will use these comments to evaluate the following Minimum and Scored Criteria related to engagement with the general public.
For a proposed project to be eligible to participate in the RFP, they are required to have:
Proposed projects may be eligible for additional points if they:
The Procurement Administrator will review materials provided from the Proponent as well as commentary provided by members of the general public to conduct due diligence for the purposes of evaluating proposed projects.
3) Participate in the project's Environmental Assessment process
If a project is selected through the competitive bid process, an Environmental Assessment will be conducted and applications made for any other regulatory approvals, permits or authorizations the project may need. During the Environmental Assessment there is an in-depth public consultation process where you can formally submit comments on the proposed project.
For more information on how to engage with a developer directly, please contact the respective developer.
If you have further questions about the Environmental Assessment process, please contact Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change
If you would like to provide comments regarding a specific development, to be taken into consideration when scoring the RFP, please contact the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables: firstname.lastname@example.org by the Proposal Submission Deadline (May 11, 2022)
For general inquiries regarding the Rate Base Procurement, please contact email@example.com
For a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please see the Public FAQ page.
On December 23, 2020 the Province appointed Coho (formerly CustomerFirst Renewables) as the Procurement Administrator for a term of three years to conduct the current procurement process. This is a tool often used in many energy markets to ensure a thorough and independent process that is fair, transparent, and competitive.
As directed by the Province, the Procurement Administrator issues a competitive process or a Request for Proposals (RFP) for new renewable energy.
The Procurement Administrator develops the RFP in collaboration with many key parties and provides several opportunities for feedback. The Procurement Administrator will issue the RFP with a Proposal Submission Deadline of approximately 60 business days. Developers will have this time to finalize their projects for submission. Once submitted, the Procurement Administrators will review and score the projects based on how they best meet the requirements set out in the RFP. The highest scoring projects will be selected from the bidding process and issued a commercial sales contract for the electricity that will be generated by the project. The time from opening of the RFP for bids to award for successful projects will take approximately 4-6 months.
The Procurement Administrator is responsible for communicating with Proponents, Nova Scotia Power, the Utility and Review Board and other interested industry participants. Please do not contact the Procurement Administrator if you have questions or concerns regarding an individual project(s). The above section describes the best way to engage at a project level.