Electric Utility & AREA

About our Utility

The Town of Antigonish is the largest of six municipally owned and operated electric utilities in Nova Scotia. The utility serves 3,000 residential customers and over 500 commercial customers in the Town and fringe area and has gross revenues in excess of $12,000,000 from sales of more than 90,000,000 kilowatt-hours. The Town is currently purchasing it's wholesale power through the open market and generates sustainable energy through the Alternative Resource Energy Authority (AREA). 

Some of the Ellershouse Wind Turbines.

Commitment to Sustainability

The Town, through its Electric Utility, is committed to energy sustainability. As a partner in the Alternative Resource Energy Authority (AREA), an intra-municipal partnership with the Towns of Berwick and Mahone Bay, the Town participates in a small wind energy project in the district of West Hants near Ellershouse, Nova Scotia. AREA owns and operates ten turbine, 23.5 MW wind farm. 

Ellershouse Wind Farm - As the Wind Blows from PicnicStudios on Vimeo.

Service Connections & Disconnections

Connection: Before you can be connected for service you must sign a service contract. Contracts can be picked up at the Town Hall on Main Street, or you can contact us to receive a digital copy. We must have a signed copy on hand prior to connecting your service. Connections may take 1-3 days to complete. You will be required to make a security deposit equal to 3 months of estimated usage before the connection will take place.

Disconnection: If you require a service disconnection, please contact our Corporate Service Department to provide us with the date you would like the power disconnected and a forwarding address to send a final bill.

Electricity Rates

pdf Electric Utility- Rules and Regulations Schedule (707 KB)

pdf Electric Utility - Rates Effective January 1, 2024 (389 KB)

Income & Social Supports

The following programs offer assistance to individuals and families who may require additional funds to cover the costs of home heating. For details on each program please contact each organization:

Salvation Army Good Neighbour Energy Fund:

Click here, for more information visit the Maritime Salvation Army Website

Nova Scotia Heating Assistance Rebate Program:

Click here, for more information and to apply online visit the Province of Nova Scotia's website

Antigonish Emergency Fuel Fund:

Applications for this program offered by the Women's Resource Centre can be picked up in person at: 219 Main Street, Suite 204.

For more information about the Emergency Fuel Fund please contact the Women's Resource Centre at 902-863-6221.

Reporting Service Issues

If you are experiencing any service issues, please contact our Public Works Department.

More Information

For inquiries related to AREA, or for issues related to electric billing and payment, please contact Corporate Services

For service-related information on our Electric Utility, please contact Public Works.

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Get in Touch

Town of Antigonish
274 Main Street
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Canada B2G 2C4

Phone: (902) 863-2351
Fax: (902) 863-0460 / (902) 863-9201

Town Hall hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm