Net metering coming to Nunavut Spring 2017
September 21, 2016 - Arctic communities and governments say they took major steps toward becoming more energy-efficient at the Arctic Renewable Energy Summit in Iqaluit last week, organized by WWF-Canada and co-hosted by the Government of Canada, Government of Nunavut and the Qulliq Energy (the government-run electricity utility for Nunavut).
By Renée Francoeur
During the summit, Qulliq Energy revealed a net metering program coming in Spring 2017, which allows renewable energy to be added to the electricity grid and WWF-Canada launched a fund for habitat-friendly renewable energy training for Arctic communities. There was also talk of establishing a Nunavut Renewable Energy Partnership.
“These are significant steps toward transitioning to habitat-friendly renewable energy in the Canadian Arctic,” said David Miller, CEO and president of WWF-Canada. “The timing is perfect, considering much of the diesel-power infrastructure in Nunavut is in need of replacement and the recent pledge from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and American President Barack Obama to reduce reliance on diesel in the Arctic.”
WWF-Canada says 67% of all diesel fuel use in power generation in Canada occurs in Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.