Energy

2030 Energy Strategy

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has released its 2030 Energy Strategy. The full document is available in French here.

The Northwest Territories’ 2030 Energy Strategy (Energy Strategy) sets out the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) long-term approach to supporting secure, affordable and sustainable energy supply and use in the NWT. The goal of this strategy is to guide the development of secure, affordable, and sustainable energy for transportation, heat and electricity, support energy efficiency and conservation, and promote renewable and alternative energy solutions for the NWT.

The Energy Strategy was developed through extensive public engagement that included regional workshops with residents, communities, businesses, Indigenous governments and other stakeholders across the NWT. What we heard is that we need to address climate change, address energy affordability, and develop the NWT’s energy potential.

For the Energy Strategy to be successful, the GNWT and its partners—including utilities, governments, communities, residents, business, industry and non-government organizations—must work together, be flexible, and seek funding and investment opportunities.

By 2030, the NWT will have a secure, affordable and sustainable energy system that is less dependent on fossil fuels, and contributes to the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the Territory and its residents. The GNWT will achieve this vision by following guiding principles in decision making that include shared responsibility, Indigenous and community engagement, leading by example, as well as transparency and accountability.

The Energy Strategy has six (6) Strategic Objectives to reach the overarching 2030 vision:

  1. Work together to find solutions: community engagement, participation and empowerment.
  2. Reduce GHG emissions from electricity generation in diesel-powered communities by an average of 25%.
  3. Reduce GHG emissions from road vehicles by 10% per capita.
  4. Increase the share of renewable energy used for space heating to 40%.
  5. Increase residential, commercial, and government building energy efficiency by 15%.
  6. A longer-term vision: develop the NWT’s energy potential, address industrial emissions, and do our part to meet national climate change objectives.

The Energy Strategy takes an adaptive approach to these Strategic Objectives, which will be re-evaluated after five years to ensure they represent what is achievable given new technology. The Strategic Objectives will be achieved through Actions and Initiatives to be undertaken by the GNWT and its partners.

The GNWT will prepare and release public annual reports on its activities and progress relating to the Energy Strategy.