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henderson: getting canada\'s northern communities off diesel helps everyone

by:NULITE     2019-09-16
In the Arctic community of Iqaluit, the average daily temperature is below freezing in eight months of the year.
In the depths of winter, the weather is very cold.
In such a harsh environment, energy is critical to the survival of about 300 remote communities in icalit and northern Canada, mainly inhabited by indigenous people.
These power systems are far away from provincial and regional power systems
The power grid Township relies on diesel power generation and heating.
Such an energy reality has had significant economic consequences.
Diesel power is expensive.
Oil must be transported over long distances through ice roads and sea tankers.
For some communities, air transportation is the only viable way to fuel residents.
Social and environmental impact of diesel
Basic Energy is also weakening.
To maintain the import economy by diesel;
The loss of scarce funds from Community coffers is not the use of local energy resources.
Fuel leaks are common.
Diesel production pollutes the air and emits greenhouse gases that cause climate change.
For decades,
Grid First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities seek alternatives to dieselbased energy.
For example, the Inuit community in northern Quebec has been working to develop a small hydropower project to replace diesel for electricity and heating.
There is good news on the horizon.
With the vision of indigenous leaders and the increasing acceptance of utilities and governments, Canada is at the forefront of the northern energy revolution.
The new investment is committed to the adoption of clean energy technologies in remote communities across the country, and these three pillars are the basis.
The first is to adopt an integrated approach through building energy.
Efficient housing and optimization potential for local renewable wind, solar, hydro and bio-energy resources.
Second, indigenous peoples must play a central leadership role in developing clean energy to meet their needs.
It turns out that proactive community planning and engagement is better than top-
Past instructions.
This is also the right thing to do in an era of reconciliation.
The government of Vuntut Gwitchin, the Old Crow in the Yukon, will work with partners this summer to develop solar arrays to replace diesel that is now being transported by aircraft.
Third, it is essential to establish partnerships between indigenous organizations, utilities and developers;
Learn to know-
Local knowledge of clean energy companies and First Nations, Métis and Inuit.
Watay Partnership\'s pioneering efforts in northern Ontario, consisting of 22 First Nations and a private energy company, bring power to communities such as Pikangikum through the new power transmission infrastructure.
In Nain on the east coast of Labrador, the Inuit Nunavit government plans to build wind turbines with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro to reduce reliance on diesel.
Large transmission and power supply systems in southern Canada were built over a long period of time
Regular investment provided or supported by the government.
So the north of our country must do the same.
The federal government has stepped up support and allocated more than $0. 7 billion to the federal government.
Power grid energy project.
These resources, coupled with provincial and regional contributions, are leveraging new investments from private sector partners to drive clean energy-based economic development in the Canadian interior.
However, there are some key parts missing from the story.
There is an urgent need for supportive public policies and regulations to revitalize the national energy market.
Provincial and regional governments must introduce independent power procurement policies to promote 21-
Century clean energy infrastructure in remote communities. Energy rate-
Agencies should work together to create fair prices for reducing diesel dependence by improving energy efficiency and renewable energy;
Provide a price of full value for diesel emissions reduction including economic, social and environmental factors.
Finally, provincial and regional governments and utility companies have every reason to commit to the leadership of clean energy assets, including local ownership, to the First Nations, Métis and Inuit.
The indigenous clean energy potential of remote communities in Canada embodies the lyrics of our national anthem \"True North, strong and free.
This is the future that most Canadians can support.
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