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The government of Nova Scotia has set new regulations under the province's Electricity Act for almost 20% of Nova Scotia's electricity to be generated from renewable energy by 2013.

"Last year I promised new, renewable energy regulations," says Energy Minister Bill Dooks. "And today, I am delivering on that promise by introducing mandatory targets that are some of the most aggressive in Canada."

The regulations call for renewable energy increases of 5% to the total supply by 2010, and 10% by 2013 - on top of renewables already in the system as of 2001. To meet the 2010 target, only independent power producers will be able to bid on new renewable projects, government officials say. In addition, electricity utilities will pay a penalty up to $500,000 a day for failing to meet these targets.

Based on the province's current system, by 2013, roughly 400 MW a day will come from clean energy sources.

In a statement released by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), the organization expresses support for the government's efforts.

"CanWEA is very pleased that the government of Nova Scotia has moved to further develop the province's vast renewable energy resources, including wind energy," says Sandra Schwartz, CanWEA's policy and government relations director.

According to CanWEA, Nova Scotia's current installed wind capacity is 49.26 MW, which is enough to power close to 150,000 homes.

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