The Utility and Review Board has sided with Nova Scotia Power over a dispute on supplying electrical service to the new home of the Sisters of St. Martha. A new 25 bed nursing home is being built by Shannex Incorporated that will replace the Bethany Motherhouse. It’s being built next door to the existing structure.
Power to the Motherhouse, that straddles the Antigonish Town Boundry, is supplied by Antigonish Electric Utility. The utility anticipated it would also be the service provider to the new building, which is located in the county. However, Shannex has expressed a preference to deal with Nova Scotia Power.
The UARB concluded that the new facility is within the service territory of Nova Scotia Power and NSPI should provide service. A determining factor was the location of a 25 kilovolt loop owned by NSPI that is used to power all substations that service the Town. The board noted it is between the new facility and the Motherhouse, creating what appears to be a natural electrical boundary.