Renewables and Alternatives

The NWT currently uses and is developing an array of renewable and alternative resources to meet its energy needs and reduce environmental impacts.

Renewables and Alternatives


The vast majority of the NWT’s world-class hydro resources and hydroelectric potential have yet to be developed.

Read more about Hydro Resources in the NWT.


By September 2015, there were 44 grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the NWT, totaling 545 kilowatts.

Read more about Solar Energy in the NWT.


Since 2005, the GNWT has been monitoring wind speeds at various locations in the NWT to determine their suitability for wind turbine technology.

Read more about Wind Resources in the NWT.


The NWT continues to lead the country in the installation of commercial-sized wood pellet boilers, with 22 currently installed and six more projects to be completed before 2016.

Read more about Biomass Energy in the NWT.

Natural Gas

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) can be trucked to communities with all-season road access, and used in gas distribution systems for heating or to displace diesel generation. An LNG electrical generation facility has been operating in Inuvik since the winter of 2013.

Read more about Liquefied Natural Gas and Natural Gas – A Fuel for the Future.