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Town of Antigonish Loses Appeal over Electrical Service to New Seniors Facility

Nova Scotia’s highest court has upheld a decision by the Utility and Review Board over electrical service to a seniors care facility being built by Shannex Group near the Bethany Motherhouse in Antigonish County. Shannex had expressed a preference to deal with Nova Scotia Power. The Antigonish Electric Utility currently services the Motherhouse which straddles the town boundary and hoped it would supply the new Shannex building.

In its decision last May, the UARB concluded the new facility is within the service territory of Nova Scotia Power and NSPI should provide service.

The town appealed, arguing the board made an error in its ruling that NSPI was the rightful electrical service provider.

However in its decision, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal said the UARB’s decision was reasonable. The court says the result is within a range of possible acceptable outcomes despite the fact the facility is less than 100 metres from the town’s boundary

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Town of Antigonish appeals UARB decision on electrical service to seniors car facility next to Bethany Motherhouse

The Town of Antigonish is appealing a decision of the Utility and Review Board over supplying electrical service to a seniors care facility being built by Shannex Group near the Bethany Motherhouse.  The Sisters of St. Martha will move into the new building once it’s completed.  Shannex had expressed a preference to to deal with Nova Scotia Power.  The Antigonish Electric Utility currently services the Motherhouse, which straddles the town boundary.
In its decision last month, the UARB concluded the new facility is within the service territory of Nova Scotia Power and NSPI should provide service.
In its appeal to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, the town argues the board erred in law by ruling Nova Scotia Power was the rightful service provider to the new facility.
The Town is asking the court to rescind the UARB order and have the dispute referred to a differently constituted Board for re-determination.
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Nova Scotia Power to supply Electricity to the Sisters of St. Martha’s new home

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.