The tough task of switching to renewable energy sources in the Arctic

Arctic, Canada

Groups banding together to help transform energy in the Canadian Arctic

When talking about the harshest places on Earth, the conversation often starts to point to the Canadian Arctic. The weather is extreme, travel is difficult and help is usually far, far away.

Sounds like the perfect place to invest heavily in renewable energy, doesn’t it? Yes, but how?

Six organizations — Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Qikiqtani Inuit Association, Tugliq Energy Co., Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, the Pembina Insitute, WWF Canada and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy — are joining forces to collectively help remote Arctic communities expand large-scale renewable energy projects and thus reduce dependence on diesel power.

If you can do it here, you can do it anywhere

The group’s goal is to have a least three northern communities successfully engaging large renewable energy projects within the next four years. With approximately 300 communities in the Canadian Arctic dependent on diesel, the focus will now shift to how to eliminate that dependence.

Wind power has proven effective in some Arctic communities, and multi-directional solar arrays may also be a possibility — especially during the endless summer that the extreme north experiences.

Following Alaska’s footsteps

Alaska has an annual $50 million renewable energy budget and has spent more than $271 million since 2008 in efforts to offset diesel fuel use. The state reports saving about 75 million liters of diesel fuel in 2015 and another 57 million liters in 2014.

Source → Cleantech Canada