Click here to access the full Ending Diesel Dependency flyer.
Three communities in north-west Manitoba—Barren Lands First Nation (in Brochet, on Reindeer Lake), Northlands Dënesųłiné First Nation (on Lac Brochet) and Sayisi Dene First Nation (on Tadoule Lake)—have developed Community Energy Plans (CEPs) which, when fully implemented, will end their dependency on diesel fuel and make their communities the first near-zero emission communities in Canada.
Currently, all three communities need to have diesel fuel trucked in over winter roads, which are open less than two months a year. Each community requires between 1 million and 2 million litres of diesel a year—about half to generate electricity and half for heat.
Electricity is generated in each community in a diesel-electric generating station owned and operated by Manitoba Hydro. Heat is generated using individual diesel furnaces located in each house and community building. Both the electricity and heat generated using diesel are extremely expensive. Even worse, they create almost no jobs for community members.
As part of the Community Energy Planning process, micro-grid optimization analyses (using Homer Pro2 ) were conducted for all three communities to determine the best mix of energy systems to meet community electricity and heat needs for, at least, the next 20 years.
When these Community Energy Plans are implemented, Barren Lands, Northlands Denesuline, and Sayisi Dene will be amongst the leading renewable-energy communities in Canada.
Specific benefits for these communities include:
- Reduce the cost of replacing the current diesel-electric systems
- Create 50 permanent seasonal and full-time local jobs amongst the three communities
- Improve health
- Avoid diesel contamination
- Eliminate contamination risk to our water and food supplies
- Cut GHG emissions by more than 90%
- Build community ownership & control of energy systems