Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

November 09, 2010 13:00 ET

CanNor Helps NWT Grow Green Energy

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) - The City of Yellowknife is already benefitting from cutting edge research into alternative energy being conducted across the city in 2010-2011, thanks to investments from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor).

The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), today announced investments totalling $406,900 in four separate projects that will explore the feasibility of using renewable energy and energy efficient technologies in the City of Yellowknife.

"Our Government is proud to support research into alternative energy sources," said Minister Duncan, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. "These projects will enable Yellowknife and other northern communities to expand their knowledge of alternative energy applications and lead to sustainable economic development."

"Energy generated from local renewable sources such as wind, geothermal and biodiesel can reduce dependence on fossil fuels," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Member of Parliament for Nunavut, Minister Responsible for the North and Minister of Health. "Renewable energy means cleaner air, cleaner water, and healthier communities."

"The City of Yellowknife is committed to reducing energy consumption and green house gases within our community", said City of Yellowknife Mayor Gordon Van Tighem. "Both the District Energy Project and the Equilibrium Housing Project align with the goals of the Community Energy Plan and the Smart Growth Development Plan." 

"This wind energy project is an exciting one that we have been planning for more than five years," said Ric Bolivar, Director of the Deton Cho Energy Corporation. "We are confident that wind turbines at Giant Mine can generate enough electricity to fully support the arsenic freezing remediation activities there. CanNor's investment will help us to determine the technical and financial viability of the project."

"Ecology North is eager to help NWT residents convert waste products into valuable resources and support the development of a vibrant, local economy based on renewable energy use," said Shannon Ripley, Environmental Scientist with Ecology North. "Biodiesel production from waste vegetable oil will save valuable landfill space, and create a fuel that can be used to heat homes and power diesel vehicles instead of using fossil fuels. Production and distribution of biodiesel could become a viable source of long-term local employment."

These investments are made possible through CanNor's Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program, which focuses on long-term economic growth, economic diversification and capacity building in all three territories.

SINED is one of several economic development programs within CanNor, which is responsible for coordinating and delivering Canada's economic development across the North, and for related policy development, research and advocacy. 

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    Michele-Jamali Paquette
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    Petra White
    Communications Advisor, NT Region
    City of Yellowknife
    Debbie Gillard
    City Clerk
    Deton Cho Energy Corporation
    Ric Bolivar
    Ecology North
    Shannon Ripley
    Environmental Scientist