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Reducing diesel dependency in Labrador communities


Environment

May 17, 2021
By Maryam Farag


Industries

A study that explores power system options will be conducted to help reduce diesel dependency in Labrador’s remote and Indigenous communities.

An investment of $90,000 has been provided by the Government of Canada towards the study. It was funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program.

Led by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, the study assesses the value of bringing renewable integration to isolated communities in Labrador, and investigates options including a fully integrated system, several large isolated micro-grids that could connect multiple communities, and pockets of small micro-grids.

“We are committed to working toward environmental sustainability while balancing our requirement to provide least-cost, reliable electricity service,” said Jennifer Williams, President, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro.“Studies like this one, generously funded by Natural Resources Canada, help to further inform our ongoing work to assess opportunities and ultimately reduce our reliance on diesel generation in our isolated Labrador communities where possible.”

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