Entries by Peter Milley

GENERATING A COMPETITIVE ELECTRICITY MARKET – LEARNING FROM OTHERS

By Peter Milley & Warren Mabee The new Liberal government in Nova Scotia campaigned on a promise to break Nova Scotia Power’s monopoly, creating a “heavily regulated, competitive market”, which would allow consumers to buy electricity directly from suppliers of their choice. Their objective is to have power rates decline because energy providers will compete […]

MILL CLOSURES: WHAT CAN BE LEARNED FROM OTHERS?

Preserving Options and Opportunities – Avoiding Unintended Consequences As two Nova Scotia communities face major job losses with the potential permanent closure of pulp and paper mills, there are lessons to be learned from the experiences of others who have faced this situation previously. Over the past several years, Halifax Global has worked directly with […]

NEWPAGE SITUATION SIGNALS NEED FOR NEW APPROACH: FOREST SECTOR NEEDS NEW VALUE PROPOSITION

While the impending shut down of the NewPage paper mill in Port Hawksbury will cause significant economic disruption, especially in the Straits area, the situation should be viewed by the Provincial Government as an opportunity to begin promoting transition to a new, sustainable approach to use of Nova Scotia’s forest resources. Some Background and Some […]

WOOD TO ENERGY: A NEW VALUE PARADIGM NEEDED?

Using wood to generate energy is not a new concept. Man has used wood for heat and light since the beginning of time. Forest products manufacturers have also been using wood fibre to generate heat and electricity for many decades. So, why have proposed projects to use biomass to generate electricity proved to be so […]

UNIVERSITIES – STRATEGIC ASSETS VS. SACRED COWS – DO BOTH DESCRIPTIONS MISS THE MARK?

This post is prompted by a column in the February 24th, 2011 Chronicle-Herald by Peter Halpin, Executive Director of the Atlantic Association of Universities — www.thechronicleherald.ca/Letters/1229890.html — which challenges the perspective of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce on the role of universities in our local and regional economy. While I share some of the AAU’s […]