In our 2010 election platform
“Putting New Brunswick First”
, I made the personal commitment to work with New Brunswickers to implement anew vision for our energy sector.New Brunswickers responded by oﬀering our team their trust in September 2010, and within days of taking oﬃce our Government implementeda three-year electricity rate freeze for NB Power ratepayers and established the New Brunswick Energy Commission. The Commission’s mandatewas to engage New Brunswickers and, from their input, make recommendations on a progressive energy policy for our province.Wealsomadeacommitmentthatnewenergypolicieswouldbetheproductofopenandgenuinecitizenengagementwithallstakeholders;thatwewouldworkwithourneighbourstobetterunderstandhowwecanbestbeneﬁtfromregionalcooperationinelectricitygenerationandtransmission;thatwewouldfosterthedevelopmentofgreen,renewableenergysources;andthatwewouldpromoteenergyeﬃciencyandconservation.The New Brunswick Energy Blueprint represents our government’s response to the work of the New Brunswick Energy Commission and includes adetailed action plan for implementing its citizen-driven priority recommendations.We continue to listen to New Brunswickers and we are working to faithfully transform the Energy Commission’s 10 year vision statement into action:
I would like to extend our Government’s sincere appreciation to the estimated 1,000 individuals who took the time to complete an online surveyor personally participate in public dialogue sessions in Edmundston, Campellton, Bathurst,Tracadie-Sheila, Miramichi, Moncton,Woodstock,Fredericton and Saint John. In addition, the Commission consulted directly with 55 diﬀerent energy, business, labour and environmental groups,and it received 72 diﬀerent presentations during the public sessions from interested groups and individuals.Their collective input is reﬂected inthe outcomes of the Energy Commission and this Energy Blueprint.This Energy Blueprint will be our Government’s guide to shaping our energy future. I look forward to seeing it implemented over the next threeyears and to the ongoing contributions of citizens and partners who will enable its success.