Government partners with Iqaluit and Quilliq Energy Corporation
January 17, 2018 — The government of Canada has committed to supporting the Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) and the City of Iqaluit’s proposed expansion of QEC’s existing district heating system in Iqaluit.
By Ellen Cools
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett made the announcement on January 15.
The project will capture excess heat from Iqaluit’s diesel generators and distribute the heat to the new Aquatic Centre for space and water heating.
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada says that the heat recovered from the generators is expected to supplement the existing heating system, resulting in financial savings for the city.
Additionally, it is estimated that over 157,724 litres of imported heating fuel will be offset annually, translating into greenhouse gas reductions of over 466 tonnes CO2 per year.
“The Government of Nunavut is committed to using new and innovative technology wherever possible to preserve and protect our unique northern environment and we welcome partnerships that support sustainable and financially responsible development,” said Jeannie Ehaloak, Minister responsible for Qulliq Energy Corporation, Government of Nunavut.
According to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, heat recovery is an effective approach to reduce diesel consumption and can improve generator efficiency from 30% (for electricity generation only) to as high as 80%.
Funding for this project will be made available through the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s Northern REACHE Program, which is part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Energy and Climate Change.