Inuvik receives $40M for wind turbine project

A photo of a turbine in North Cape, P.E.I. The government funding will be used to bring wind turbines to Inuvik. (Nancy Russell/CBC) The Government of the Northwest Territories and federal government are investing $40 million toward the Inuvik Wind Generation project, according to a news release issued Tuesday morning. The territorial government is putting in $10 million, while the federal government is investing $30 million through the Arctic Energy Fund. The money will be used to install wind turbines, a grid controller and a large battery storage system that will provide energy when the winds slows. The money will also go toward building 5 kilometres of road from the Dempster Highway to get to the wind turbines, and to connect the system to the local electric grid. "It’s an amazing opportunity to be an innovator," said Inuvik mayor Natasha Kulikowski. Kulikowski hopes the wind farm will reduce the price of power in the region. She said power and heating fuel are the two biggest costs of living in the North. "Any time we have new opportunities to see new ways to reduce those costs it’s important [to] take advantage of them," she said. "Being open for business to […]

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