The Saint John Electric Light Company first produced electricity
for sale in New Brunswick
in 1884. In the 1800s, electricity was used to run electric trolleys
for public transportation
, to operate sugar refineries
and iron foundries
, to fuel the growth of the emerging railway industry
and provide light
to other businesses, skating rinks
and some homes.
By World War I
, about 20 organizations were producing power in New Brunswick. In 1920, the government set up the New Brunswick Electric Power Commission. The Great Depression
slowed the pace of development, but NB Power continued to expand. World War II
training bases to the province
and NB Power supplied them with electricity and distribution systems. The next big step was the post-war Rural Electrification Program to bring electricity to the farms
and small communities
in the province.
The energy crisis
in the 1970s led to a new push for conservation
. NB Power started to plan more multi-fuel facilities and a nuclear
generating station. Through the 1980s and 1990s, NB Power added a CANDU reactor
at Point Lepreau to its generating mix and continued to improve the technical
performance of its generating and distribution system
NB Power now delivers electricity directly to over 316,000 customers and has a capacity of 4116 megawatts at sixteen generating stations.