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Sachs Harbour residents to benefit from more efficient energy through new, improved power plant

Press Release

Inuvik, Northwest Territories, March 4, 2019—Investing in local green infrastructure projects that support energy security, help the economy grow and improve the quality of life for those living and working in the North.

Today, Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Robert C. McLeod, Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Power Corporation on behalf of the Honourable Wally Schumann, Northwest Territories Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, announced the construction of a new diesel power plant in Sachs Harbour.

The construction of a new plant ensures that local residents and businesses have a reliable source of energy. The plant will also be able to adapt to impacts of climate change while updating several operational elements such as electrical equipment, heating systems and indoor fuel storage tanks. The new facility’s design will allow for the addition of a wind turbine in the future, which is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the region. This new reliable energy source will generate enough power to meet the needs of residents in the community for years to come.

The Government of Canada is contributing up to $7.4 million, with the Government of the Northwest Territories contributing up to $2.4 million. The project is being funded through the Government of Canada’s new Arctic Energy Fund, which supports energy security in Northern communities.

Quotes

“Infrastructure is the foundation of strong and resilient communities. The construction of the new Sachs Harbour Diesel Power Plant will provide the community with an efficient and reliable source of energy, safeguarding the environment and well-being of northerners in the area.”

Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“The new Sachs Harbour Diesel Power Plant is expected to result in a greenhouse gas savings of 283 tonnes and improve fuel efficiency by 18% compared with the existing plant. This transformative project is in line with the Government of the Northwest Territories commitment to work with our partners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and explore local energy alternatives.”

Robert C. McLeod, Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Power Corporation

“This announcement is another step towards the Government of the Northwest Territories long-term vision and approach to energy and climate change. It will support our commitment to achieving an energy system that contributes to the territory’s economic, social and environmental wellbeing, while doing our part in the transition to a lower-carbon based economy.”

Wally Schumann, Minister of Infrastructure

Quick facts

  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities
  • $2 billion of this funding is supporting infrastructure projects that meet the unique needs of rural and northern communities like facilities to support food security, local access roads and enhanced broadband connectivity. In addition, $400 million is being delivered through the Arctic Energy Fund to advance energy security in the territories.
  • $4 billion of this funding is supporting infrastructure projects in Indigenous communities.

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Contacts

Ann-Clara Vaillancourt
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-697-3778
[email protected]a

Charlotte Digness
Media and Communications Coordinator
Government of the Northwest Territories
(867) 767-9140 ext. 11082
[email protected]

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