HALIFAX, June 18 /CNW/ - Rob Bennett has been appointed President and
Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power Inc., effective today.
Mr. Bennett, who was most recently Executive Vice President, Revenue and
Sustainability, succeeds Ralph Tedesco as part of a planned leadership
transition. Mr. Tedesco, who has been Nova Scotia Power's chief executive for
the past five years, has been appointed Vice Chair of the Board.
"Rob Bennett's focus and communication skills have been key factors in
progress on renewable energy as well as conservation and energy efficiency,
which are areas of keen interest to our customers," said Mr. Tedesco. "He has
a solid record of delivering results, including major projects like the
Northeast Reliability Interconnect transmission line between New Brunswick and
John McLennan, Chair of the Board, said Nova Scotia Power has undergone a
significant transformation under Mr. Tedesco's leadership.
"The company's financial and operational metrics have improved while
significant amounts of renewable energy have been added and emissions
strategies are reducing the company's environmental footprint," Mr. McLennan
said. "We are delighted that Nova Scotia Power will continue to benefit from
Ralph's experience and counsel in his new role as Vice Chair."
Mr. McLennan noted several major achievements during Mr. Tedesco's tenure
- including reduction in emissions of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides;
renewable energy contracts for more than 240 megawatts of new generation; the
investment of millions of dollars to help customers, including those with low
incomes, manage their energy bills; and a significant improvement in the
company's cash flow.
Mr. Bennett, a native of Pictou County, returned to Nova Scotia Power in
September 2007 after serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of
Bangor Hydro-Electric Company. He began his career with Nova Scotia Power in
1988 as a staff engineer, serving in several senior operational and management
positions before moving to Maine following Emera Inc.'s acquisition of Bangor
Hydro in 2002. Mr. Bennett's extensive experience with transmission systems
and renewable power provide a solid foundation for the future.
Mr. Bennett is a Registered Professional Engineer. He holds an
undergraduate degree from St. Francis Xavier University and an engineering
degree from the DalTech School of Engineering in Halifax. He was recently
appointed to the Board of Directors of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and
also serves as a director of Children's Wish Foundation.
About Nova Scotia Power
Nova Scotia Power Inc. is the largest wholly-owned subsidiary of Emera
Inc. (TSX-EMA), a diversified energy and services company. Nova Scotia Power
provides more than 95% of the generation, transmission and distribution of
electrical power to 478,000 customers in the province. The company is focused
on new technologies to enhance customer service and reliability, reduce
emissions and add renewable energy. Nova Scotia Power has 1,700 employees and
$3 billion in assets.
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