YELLOWKNIFE (June 8, 2016) – Minister of Public Works and Services Caroline Cochrane tabled the North Slave Resiliency Study during today’s sitting of the Legislative Assembly.
The study was undertaken in response to a commitment in the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Mandate to better use our existing hydroelectric resources by exploring options to respond to low water in the North Slave hydroelectric power system.
Conducted by Manitoba Hydro International, the study found that the North Slave hydro system is a reliable, renewable energy source overall, and the most economical, in spite of low water and the need to rely on diesel generation over the past two years.
Highlights of the report’s recommendations include:
“This study has shown us that the North Slave Hydro system is resilient. During normal water years, the North Slave Hydro system has surplus renewable energy that serves the needs of Yellowknife, Behchoko, Dettah, and Ndilo. The GNWT has accepted the recommendations in the report and has proposed resources to address hydrology monitoring in the 2016-17 budget currently being debated in the Legislative Assembly.”
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