Northwest Territories

Overview of Electricity Sector

Like Yukon, most communities in the Northwest Territories (NWT) rely on thermal generation, predominantly diesel; however, the most populated areas in the south, like Yellowknife, are served by hydropower [i]. To reduce dependence on diesel, the NWT is pursuing the integration of more renewable resources like wind and solar power. It hosts the largest wind farm in northern...

Renewable Energy

There is a tremendous amount of untapped hydro potential in the NWT, estimated at around 11,000 MW. However, much of it is inaccessible due to transmission constraints. According to the Government of NWT (GNWT),  extensive transmission build out will be necessary in addition to the development of smaller-scale systems [i] Northern Canada’s first wind farm became operational in September...

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