Energy Strategies - Northwest Territories
Ministry of Energy
Northwest Territories Overview
Like Nunavut, Northwest Territories relies heavily on refined petroleum to fuel the generators that power its remote communities. As a result, its three primary energy strategy documents, Energy for the Future: An Energy Plan for the Northwest Territories (2007), the Draft NWT Hydro Strategy (2008) and Energy Priorities Framework outline future development of the region’s energy resources and management of its energy use. Efficiency measures tend toward improved standards and incentives for construction and retrofits, such as the Energy Efficiency Financing Assistance Program (which provides grants for energy-saving investments) or the territory’s Energy Conservation Program. According to the strategy, all NWT communities will have completed Community Energy Plans by 2011.
Between the development and use of energy resources, development features more prominently in Energy for the Future. The Draft NWT Hydro Strategy, for example, focuses on facilitating the development of future NWT hydro projects through research, increased public awareness and negotiated funding. At least one mini-hydro project is scheduled to be completed in 2011. In addition to potential hydro development, Energy for the Future calls for a wind turbine in Tuktoyaktuk and, subsequently, at least two other communities. An initial biomass project is targeted for 2011, at which time the strategy calls for a 10 per cent reduction in GHG emissions below 2001 levels.
Energy for the Future includes five objectives, and three sub-objectives under policy and planning, that guide the territory’s actions on energy. These objectives, in turn, correspond to common themes found throughout Canada’s other provincial and territorial energy strategies.
- Develop NWT petroleum and other energy resources, maximize their benefits to northerners and reduce reliance on diesel fuel
- Provide the tools required for residents, communities and businesses to implement energy conservation and efficiency initiatives aimed at reducing energy costs and environmental impacts
- Provide information and research on emerging technologies, their potential application in the NWT, and develop Alternative Energy Demonstration Projects;
- Reduce the Government of the Northwest Territories’ energy requirements
Create the policy and planning environment to:
- Reduce energy costs and GHG emissions in the NWT
- Promote efficient regulatory processes with respect to energy;
- Maximize the benefits to northerners of NWT energy resource development
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