YELLOWKNIFE (December 22, 2014) – The 2014 Energy Charrette Report was released today. The report summarizes discussions that took place among over 100 representatives from NWT communities, Aboriginal governments, industry, energy experts and other government officials on November 3-4, 2014 in Yellowknife.
Prepared by charrette facilitators R. Marshall and Associates, the report states that participants identified affordability as the number one objective, reflecting residents’ concerns with the high cost of living. Other suggestions brought forward during the 2014 charrette include:
- Be more aggressive on energy efficiency and conservation;
- Find ways to use excess energy in the Taltson hydro grid;
- Continue to build on biomass energy efforts;
- Continue to consider community-scale and regional energy supply projects; and
- Consider a “portfolio” approach that recognizes the different challenges and opportunities available to communities.
Premier Bob McLeod, who is also Chair of the Ministerial Energy Coordinating Committee, called for the 2014 Energy Charrette on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). “We need to recalibrate our plans. We need to consider the approach we take to energy to ensure it is affordable in the short term and sustainable for communities in the long term.”
“This report reflects what myself and seven other facilitators heard during the discussions at the Energy Charrette,” said Rob Marshall of R. Marshall and Associates. “It will now be for the GNWT to consider the ideas developed at the Energy Charrette and to determine actions that could be taken.”
The GNWT will be asking the public for comments on the report until February 2, 2015 to allow for input from residents who did not have an opportunity to attend the charrette. Input on the 2014 Energy Charrette Report can be provided to the GNWT by sending comments firstname.lastname@example.org .
Based on public input and the suggestions in the charrette report, the GNWT will develop a response outlining potential directions and next steps for energy in the NWT. The GNWT response is expected to be released by early March 2015.
Director, Cabinet Communications
Government of the Northwest Territories
R. Marshall and Associates