Deputy Warden Jimmy MacAlpine
As you are aware, the UNSM Board completed its first series of regional meetings since the new caucus structure was formed. Five meetings in total took place in Port Hawkesbury, Truro, Town of Yarmouth, District of Lunenburg, and Kentville. The majority of meetings were extremely well attended. Excellent feedback was provided by the membership with respect to the Towns Task Force presentation, the UNSM priorities as well as other items from the floor. I want to thank all of the UNSM members who made the effort to attend these important sessions.
The Province on April 26 released its draft regulations for LED Roadway Lighting. Municipalities and the general public have thirty days to respond. The Province has extended the conversion period from five to seven years. This is a compromise as the UNSM had asked for a ten year conversion period to reduce the stranded asset costs associated with changing out the old high pressure sodium lights. With respect to the stranded asset costs, this issue remains unresolved. The stranded asset costs at this point in time remains at $23 million. These are costs that municipalities will have to pay. I am planning to meet with the Minister of Energy to reiterate UNSM's position that the stranded asset costs should be around $12 million as was previously negotiated. I will ask the Minister of Energy for assistance in negotiating this position with Nova Scotia Power.