Report on the State of Alternative Energy in the Arctic

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  • Cherniak, David
  • Dufresne, Vincent
  • Keyte, Lawrence
  • Mallett, Alexandra
  • Schott, Stephan




This report provides a contemporary snapshot of domestic energy usage in Canada’s Arctic (spanning Yukon in the west to Nunatsiavut in the east) with a focus on how Northern jurisdictions meet their electricity and space heating needs. Specifically, the research team investigated the role of alternative energy options, including the governance, policies and financial analysis of these sectors. The team also examined the emerging field of energy conservation and efficiency measures, which have featured prominently in recent years.

The report also examines eight case studies from across Canada’s Arctic regions, which represent a cross-section of northern alternative energy and energy efficiency technologies, including both public and privately-driven projects. Each case study includes a project description, objectives and drivers, the role of policy, and a description of barriers, outcomes, success factors and lessons learned. The case studies are divided into five operational case studies, describing projects already constructed and producing renewable heat or power, or reducing demand-side energy loss, and three forward-looking case studies, representing projects still under active development.  The report concludes with suggested areas for research and policy recommendations regarding energy system planning, financial policy, and education, engagement and collaboration, in the Canadian Arctic context.

KEYWORDS Alternative Energy; Arctic; Energy Provision; Energy Policy; 

Peer Review: 

Not Published in Peer Reviewed Journal

Faculty Name: 

Faculty of Public Affairs

Department Name: 

School of Public Policy and Administration
Carleton Sustainable Energy Research Centre


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