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To Tim Bousquet,

I read your column on Atlantica and NS Power ("Atlantica alternative," August 2). There are some facts it seems you may be unaware of.

NS Power has proposed using the waste heat from Tufts Cove for district heating in that neighbourhood. But any changes require the approval of the Utilities and Review Board, which is an issue.

Also, I'd like to point out that Tufts Cove would not be able to heat all of pennisular Halifax (though a district heating project is under development there by the city and other partners). District heating systems in other parts of Canada have shown that the distances have to be fairly short, otherwise you lose the heat. Neighbourhood-size areas are about as big as can be used. The total available heat at Tufts Cove may be enough to heat the city, but the distances are too great. The systems in Europe, which I have also looked into, are also fairly small geographically.

I have visited and examined a number of these systems across Canada to identify options for HRM's Community Energy Plan and there are pros and cons to each system, but local generation of heat and electricity using waste materials is always the best option when possible, both economically and environmentally.

By Andrew Younger, Councillor

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