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Canada supports wind energy study in its arctic

Power News - Published on Wed, 27 Dec 2017

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Wind Power Engineering reported that government of the Northwest Territories‘ Department of Infrastructure is exploring the feasibility of using wind turbines and energy storage devices in the Town of Inuvik thanks in part to an investment of USD 950,000 from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor). The funding was announced today by Member of Parliament Michael McLeod on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor.

In addition to CanNor’s commitment of $950,000 over two years (2016-2018), the Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Infrastructure contributed USD 760,000 bringing the total funding of the project to USD 1,710,000.

Residents and businesses in the Town of Inuvik face high energy costs as they rely heavily on trucked-in petroleum products from southern Canada. To help lower the use of diesel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Department of Infrastructure is conducting a study to determine the possibility of adding one or more wind turbines to the town’s electricity grid. CanNor’s investment is assisting with the design, engineering and geotechnical work related to the potential installation of commercial size turbines at High Point, located ten kilometers outside of Inuvik. The Agency’s contribution is also supporting consultation sessions with local stakeholders, including the Mayor and Council, the Gwich’in Tribal Council and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation.

If this renewable energy source is deemed feasible and is implemented in the future, the wind power generated could displace between 18 to 28% of the energy currently produced using diesel. This offset could help save about USD 1.6 million to nearly USD 3 million in fuel and also reduce GHG emissions by roughly 4,000 to 7,000 tonnes annually.

Reducing the use of fossil fuels in remote communities is a key priority for both the Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories. Harnessing local and renewable fuel sources such as wind in the Beaufort Delta region of the territory would not only reduce the North’s reliance on imported diesel fuel but also support renewable energy initiatives.

Mr Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament, Northwest Territories said that “I’m very pleased that the Government of Canada is investing in this feasibility study, which could lead to the first large-scale wind turbine above the Arctic Circle in Canada. This investment is a significant contribution to the advancement of clean technology in the North and helps to diversify the northern economy.”

The Honourable Wally Schumann, Minister of Infrastructure, Government of theNorthwest Territories said that “Energy drives our economy. Access to share, affordable and environmentally-sustainable sources of energy are essential to the prosperity of the Northwest Territories. A large-scale wind energy project in Inuvik could result in the reduction of millions of liters of diesel fuel year, and help fulfill one of the strategic objectives of our proposed 2030 Energy Strategy.”

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Wed, 27 Dec 2017
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