Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies to End Diesel Dependency

Feasibility Study summaries:

Each community’s full feasibility study is also available, as is a version that combines all three Plans. Email or phone him at 204-890-7650.

Northlands Dënesųłiné Kids Playing Shinny on Lac Brochet
Sayisi Dene Swimming Beach on Tadoule Lake
Barren Lands Boat Launch area on Reindeer Lake

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.

The three communities, working with Aki Energy and with the support of Indigenous Services Canada, each developed Community Energy Plans chart a course to replace diesel with local, clean renewable energy.

With funding from National Resources Canada Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities Bioheat Program, the communities and their partners have built on those Community Energy Plans to develop comprehensive, detailed Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies to put that make that goal real.

When Plans embodied in these feasibility studies are implemented, Barren Lands, Northlands Dënesųłiné, and Sayisi Dene will be amongst the leading renewable-energy communities in Canada.

Specific benefits for these communities include:

  1. Reduce the cost of replacing the current diesel-electric systems
  2. Create more than 50 permanent seasonal and full-time local jobs amongst the three communities
  3. Improve health
  4. Avoid diesel contamination
  5. Eliminate contamination risk to our water and food supplies
  6. Cut GHG emissions by more than 90%
  7. Build community ownership & control of energy systems

Click here to access the Ending Diesel Dependency flyer.