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OFF GRID
If you look at a map of the North American Grid System -
the web of transmission lines and generation plants that
deliver electricity across the continent - you'll notice a
couple of things: there's no national division - Canada
and the U.S., particularly in the west, share the same
systems regardless of borders; and that it ends abruptly
at the 60th parallel.
Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut have
no tie-in to the system that heats homes and provides
light to businesses across the continent. The North is
essentially an energy island - or perhaps more accurately, an archipelago, as the majority of communities
within the North aren't only isolated from the major
grid system, but from each other.
In the south, power is generated by various sources -
renewable and non-renewable - and sold and distributed
across the grid. In 2015, Canadian provinces sold more
power across the border to the U.S. than they bought,
with the exception of Alberta, according to the Canadian
Electricity Association. And the numerous interconnections on this grid - more than a dozen in Ontario
alone - mean a steady, reliable power supply across
the provinces. But this is hardly the case in the North.
Even in the southern Northwest Territories where
there are road connections and a local power grid has
been established, the cost of expanding that infrastructure is a major barrier. The Taltson Hydro Plant
is just over 60 kilometres north of Fort Smith, NWT.
Through transmission lines, it supplies power to Fort
Smith, Hay River, Fort Resolution and Enterprise, all in
the NWT. A plan proposed in 2016 to connect this grid
to Uranium City, Saskatchewan was estimated to cost
between $500 million and $1 billion. At that's only a
200-kilometre extension.
What would it take to tie the territories - including
those communities not riding the provincial borders -
into a major grid? In short: a miracle.

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not eliminating that infrastructure for
diesel," says Pereira. And the reason,
at this point, is relatively simple. If the
sun is not shining - as it doesn't for
several months of the year during the
winter - solar energy is a no-go until
battery technology allows for longterm storage. Wind energy is similarly,
though less predictably, intermittent
and though it has been investigated
for Iqaluit, tidal energy technology
isn't yet suitable for the northern capital. "If we go to those as our only solution, we'll always need the full backup
with diesel or other fossil fuels," says
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018

Message from the President & CEO | Message de la Présidente-directrice générale
Places with Potential | Des communautés pleines de potentiel
Propane for the North | Le propane dans le Nord
Interview with the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs | Entretien avec le ministère des Relations Couronne-Autochtones et des Affaires du Nord
Will Communities Thrive and Prosper Under an Arctic Policy? | Une politique de l’Arctique assurera-t-elle la prospérité des collectivités ?
The CPA Working for Members | Nous travaillons pour vous
Index to Advertisers | Index des annonceurs
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - Intro
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - cover1
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - cover2
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - 3
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - 4
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - 5
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - Message from the President & CEO | Message de la Présidente-directrice générale
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - 7
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - Places with Potential | Des communautés pleines de potentiel
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - 9
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - 10
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Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - 12
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - 13
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - Propane for the North | Le propane dans le Nord
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Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - Interview with the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs | Entretien avec le ministère des Relations Couronne-Autochtones et des Affaires du Nord
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Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - 20
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - 21
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - Will Communities Thrive and Prosper Under an Arctic Policy? | Une politique de l’Arctique assurera-t-elle la prospérité des collectivités ?
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Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - The CPA Working for Members | Nous travaillons pour vous
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Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - Index to Advertisers | Index des annonceurs
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - cover3
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - cover4
Energized / Energisé - Spring / Printemps 2018 - outsert1
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