Nalcor says the imports will save up to $50,000 a day at peak demand times in the colder months.
But the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council says a number of major capital projects should turn things around.
The 439 projects are worth a record $122 billion in investment, up 7% over last year.
Nova Scotia’s new energy minister says the Utility and Review Board can establish an appropriate time frame.
No changes once regulator approves the $7.7 billion project.