Feds invest in Newfoundland and Labrador clean energy projects
The federal government will invest $2.8 million in three community-led clean energy projects aimed at reducing reliance on fossil fuels for heat and power.
The projects are all located along the northern coast of Labrador in rural and remote Indigenous communities, and share the same goals: “building a clean energy future, supporting new economic opportunities, and creating more energy-resilient communities.” The three initiatives include:
- Nunatsiavut Firewood Supply Chain Network, operated by Titjaluk Logistics, located in Nain and Hopedale, Nunatsiavut, and Roddickton, NL – A pilot project to test the feasibility of providing affordable firewood from Newfoundland to Nunatsiavut residents to reduce diesel consumption and make home heating more affordable.
- Nain Remote Micro Grid FEED Study, operated by the Nunatsiavut government in partnership with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, and Lumos Energy, in Nain, NL – A collaborative front-end engineering and design (FEED) study to develop a microgrid incorporating wind generation, energy storage, smart meters and a microgrid controller, and combine it with the community’s diesel generation grid.
- High-Efficiency Woodstoves in Nunatsiavut’s Diesel Communities, operated by the Nunatsiavut government, in Nunatsiavut, NL. – The government is installing 240 high-efficiency woodstoves in five communities, replacing old, inefficient units. The project will displace approximately 1.5 million litres of diesel fuel annually and create up to 12 new jobs.
Funding comes through Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program, that helps Indigenous communities encourage energy efficiency, while building local skills and capacity. The federal climate plan, A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy, earmarks an additional $300 million over five years to help rural, remote and Indigenous communities transition to clean, reliable energy by 2030.