Nova Scotia

Emera replaces Nova Scotia Power president

Nova Scotia Power has appointed a new president as the utility's former boss became the newly-appointed executive with Emera Inc.

Former president Rob Bennett is now Emera Inc. executive

Nova Scotia Power has appointed a new president as the utility's former boss became a newly-appointed executive with Emera Inc.

Rob Bennett, the former president of Nova Scotia Power, is now the executive vice-president and chief operating officer at the utility's parent company, Emera Inc.

"In Nova Scotia, Rob Bennett has led significant progress over the last number of years, including improving system reliability, shaping the utility’s transformation away from coal to significantly more renewable generation and a made in NS solution to GHG reductions," Chris Huskilson, president and CEO of Emera Inc., said in a statement.

Last month, Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board fined Nova Scotia Power $2 million for its "unreasonable" and "inappropriate" conduct during a hearing looking into a fuel audit requested by the board.

The Utility and Review Board accused the company of "wasting scarce resources, in terms of time, money and human resources" in its campaign against Liberty Consulting Group, which conducted the audit.

Nova Scotia Power's conduct was "inexplicable and inexcusable," said the Utility and Review Board.

Bennett said in a statement at the time that the company "could have done a better job replying to the audit."

Bob Hanf, who was most recently the executive chairman of Light & Power Holdings in the Caribbean, has been appointed the new president of Nova Scotia Power.

Hanf was also a top lawyer for Emera Inc.