Canada’s Renewable Power Landscape – Energy Market Analysis

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Virtually all Nunavut’s electricity is generated from diesel. A 3 kW PV system is currently installed and other small PV system additions are planned, but this represents a small portion of total capacity.

Plans to replace some diesel generation with LNG and, to a limited extent, biomass, are in the initial stages. A transmission power line from Manitoba has also been proposed. The line would transport electricity generated from Manitoba Hydro plants to the Kivalliq region in southern Nunavut.

The Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC), owned by the Nunavut government, is responsible for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in Nunavut. QEC operates 26 diesel plants in 25 communities which are not connected by roads or power lines.

In 2007, Nunavut released its Ikummatiit Energy Strategy, with the goal of reducing dependence on fossil fuels through energy conservation and increased use of renewables.

Nunavut also considered an Independent Power Purchase Policy to allow private individuals to generate renewable energy and sell it back to the QEC.

Although Nunavut currently has no wind generation, it has piloted three wind projects since 1994. Developing and maintaining the required infrastructure is difficult due to the QEC’s inability to recover the costs from Nunavut’s small communities. Similarly, plans for an Iqaluit hydroelectric facility were delayed in 2013.

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FIGURE 29 Renewable Resources and Capacity in Nunavut

FIGURE 29 Electric Generation Capacity in Nunavut

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This map shows the location and approximate capacity of renewable power plants with a capacity of at least 1 MW across Nunavut. Currently, there are no renewable power plants with a capacity larger than 1 MW in Nunavut.

FIGURE 30 Electric Generation Capacity in Nunavut

FIGURE 26 Electric Generation Capacity in Yukon

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This bar graph shows Nunavut’s total electric capacity in 2005 and 2015 for all fuel sources. Capacity remained stable at 54 MW, with oil accounting for close to 100% of total capacity in both years.

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