Investment fosters development of alternative energy, Aboriginal entrepreneurship
WHITEHORSE, YT, Jan. 28, 2015 /CNW/ - Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council.
Yukon MP Ryan Leef, on behalf of Minister Aglukkaq, announced today the Government of Canada is supporting the second phase of a study focused on assessing the potential of geothermal energy development in the Ross River area by the Dena Nezziddi Development Corporation.
This investment will assist the Dena Nezziddi Development Corporation to complete a more detailed study of the location and extent of a local geothermal energy source that has the potential to be developed into a commercial scale electricity generation facility. Geothermal development could provide a less expensive local power source for the community by replacing diesel generation, as well as offering potential revenue from providing power to the Yukon energy grid.
"Our Government recognizes that access to reliable and affordable energy plays an integral role in fostering northern economic development. That's why CanNor is continuing to work with its partners and stakeholders, including Aboriginal development corporations, to develop alternative sources of energy that will help meet future power needs in the North and support resource development."
Ryan Leef, Memeber of Parliament for Yukon
"The Kaska are cautiously optimistic that geothermal resources will prove to be viable near our communities. Geothermal energy is ideally suited to our northern climate and it is in keeping with our philosophies of small footprints on the land and sustainable opportunities for our people and the region. It is the Kaska vision to play a lead role in energy development within our traditional territory."
President of the Kaska Energy Corporation