Wind Power Blows Into the North


Globe and Mail

There is a lot of wind in the North, and not much in the way to stop it. Yet according to Katherine O'Neill in the Globe and Mail, almost all of its power now comes from very expensive diesel generators. Tuktoyaktuk Councillor Jim Stevens notes "We've got some of the most expensive fuel in the world arriving in our communities. We then produce outrageously expensive power," he said. "That's got to stop." In Nunavut, diesel costs account for 20 per cent of its entire budget.It would seem so obvious- the wind is there while the diesel fuel is brought in once a year at great expense, but is was tried before.

Jason Edworthy, a Canadian wind-energy expert, notes "Doing anything in the Arctic is more expensive and challenging," he said, adding that trained staff is hard to find and equipment wears out a lot quicker because of the cold and harsh climate.

"The Arctic is incredibly hard on machines. If something has a design life of 20 years, in the Arctic that would be two or three," he explained. More in ::Globe and Mail

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