Emera approves quarterly dividend

TSX: EMA

HALIFAX, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - On January 8, 2010 the Board of Directors of Emera Inc. approved a quarterly dividend of $0.2725 per common share. The dividend is payable on and after February 15, 2010 to common shareholders of record at the close of business on February 1, 2010.

Pursuant to the Income Tax Act (Canada) and corresponding provincial legislation, Emera Inc. hereby notifies its common shareholders that such dividend declared qualifies as an eligible dividend.

About Emera

Emera Inc. (EMA-TSX) is an energy and services company with $5.3 billion in assets. Electricity is Emera's core business. The company has two wholly-owned regulated electric utility subsidiaries, Nova Scotia Power Inc. and Bangor Hydro Electric Company, which together serve 600,000 customers. Emera also owns 19% of St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited, which serves more than 50,000 customers on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia and 25% of Grand Bahama Power Company which serves 19,000 customers on the Caribbean island of Grand Bahama. In addition to its electric utility investments, Emera owns the Brunswick Pipeline, a 145 km gas pipeline in New Brunswick; Bayside Power, a 260 MW gas-fired power plant in Saint John, New Brunswick; Emera Energy Services, a physical natural gas and power marketing and asset management business; a joint venture interest in Bear Swamp, a 600 megawatt pumped storage hydro-electric facility in northern Massachusetts; a 12.9% interest in the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline; a 8.2% interest in Open Hydro. Visit Emera on the web at www.emera.com.

SOURCE Emera Inc.

For further information: For further information: Nancy Tower, FCA, Chief Financial Officer, (902) 428-6991; Jennifer Nicholson, CA, Senior Director Stakeholder Relations, (902) 428-6347

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