Renewable Energy developer, and policy advocate for Solar, Wind, Small Hydro, and domestic sized hydro, Neal Livingston has a 30 year career as a renewable energy developer and policy advocate for solar, water and wind power.
Micro-Hydro: Neal has one of the first modern micro hydro units at his home since 1980, stand alone from the grid, and then was the first person to net meter with the utility from home since 1993.
Small Hydro: Since 1984 he owns and operates Black River Hydro Ltd., a 220 kilowatt hydro-electric plant which he planned, contracted, and oversaw the building of. It was Nova Scotia's first new private company selling electricity to the grid. It has a long term contract to sell its power to Nova Scotia Power. This work has also involved years of public advocacy policy work to have fair rates and conditions for small private power producers.
Solar: Since 1986 Livingston built and has lived in a passive solar home, with solar hot water panels and a recent addition of a solar hot air panel.
Wind: Starting in 2003 Neal began work on developing commercial-sized wind power projects in Nova Scotia. In 2005 he formed Black River Wind Limited with Peggy Cameron.
In 2013 Black River Wind completed a 3 wind turbine 5600kw combined installation, with one turbine in Pictou County on the mainland and two more in Inverness County on Cape Breton island.
Living well on renewable power
A visit to Neal Livingston's Mabou homestead
Susan Paddon, Rural Delivery, October 2015
Speaking out about Energy Policy for Renewable Energy in Nova Scotia:
Coal will Still be King Are We Really Going Green? Neal Livingston, October 2010
Final Summation to URB Biomass Hearing Port Hawkesbury Biomass Project P- 128.10
Neal Livingston, Co-Chair- Margaree Environmental Association, September 2010
Submissions on the Nova Scotia Renewable Electricity Plan:
- Energy and the New Reality Peggy Cameron, B.Sc., MES, Vice-president, Black River Wind Ltd., July 2010
- Comments by Neal Livingston President/Owner, Black River Hydro Ltd., July 2010
An Action Plan for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy and Programs,
to Maximize the Benefits to Nova Scotians (PDF) | HTML
Neal Livingston, February 2009