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Canada considers development of Atlantic Loop transmission project [free access]

October 14, 2020

The Canadian federal government is considering the development of a new transmission project—Atlantic Loop—linking the power grids of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Quebec; in an effort to ease emissions from coal and oil-fired power plants in the region.


The loop would join Emera's (geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) regional transmission network—which carries Muskrat Falls-produced power from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia via the subsea Maritime Link, and Hydro-Québec's grid in eastern Quebec, which abuts New Brunswick. The loop could also facilitate power exports to the US.


Canada has a target of shutting its coal-fired plants by 2030; with the exception of New Brunswick, due to its heavy reliance on coal.