Canada Invests in Indigenous Clean Energy Projects in Northern Newfoundland and Labrador  

Backgrounder

The Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities (CERRC) program supports projects across Canada to reduce the reliance of rural, remote and Indigenous communities on fossil fuels for heat and power; supports community-level capacity building to increase clean energy opportunities; and encourages energy efficiency. 

Yvonne Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Northern Affairs and Member of Parliament for Labrador, today announced funding for the following three CERRC projects on the Northern coast of Labrador.

Nunatsiavut Firewood Supply Chain Network

Recipient: Titjaluk Logistics

Project partners: N/A

Project location: Nain and Hopedale, Nunatsiavut and Roddickton, Newfoundland and Labrador  

Funding from CERRC: $190,433

Total project cost: $246,933

Project summary: This pilot project demonstrated the feasibility and effectiveness of providing affordable firewood from Newfoundland to the residents of Nunatsiavut in order to reduce diesel consumption in Nunatsiavut and make home heating more affordable. Titjaluk Logistics set up a firewood yard in Roddickton on the island of Newfoundland, where firewood is abundant. The firewood was being split, packaged and shipped via Nunatsiavut Marine to Nain and Hopedale, where it was sold to residents.

Nain Remote Micro Grid FEED Study

Recipient: Nunatsiavut Government

Project partners: Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, Lumos Energy

Project location: Nain, Newfoundland and Labrador

Funding from CERRC: $1,315,220

Total project cost: $1,728,875

Project summary: The Nunatsiavut Government, in collaborative partnership with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, is conducting a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study to develop a Nain Remote microgrid that incorporates wind generation, energy storage, smart meters and a microgrid controller integrated with the community's existing diesel generation grid.

High-Efficiency Woodstoves in Nunatsiavut’s Diesel Communities

Recipient: Nunatsiavut Government

Project location: Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador

Funding from CERRC: $1,340,000

Total project cost: $1,717,073

Project summary: Nunatsiavut Government is installing 240 high-efficiency woodstoves in five Nunatsiavut communities. The existing woodstoves are old and highly inefficient, while the new woodstoves will help reduce the use of diesel-generated electricity for space heating and the associated greenhouse gas emissions. The project will displace an estimated 1.5 million litres of diesel fuel annually and create eight jobs over two years and four jobs over 15–20 years for maintenance.

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