The Board of Directors of the Canadian Electricity Association met in the Yukon from June 19 to 21, 2018. This was the first time in the association’s history that a Board meeting was convened in Canada’s North. CEA marked the occasion by hosting in partnership with two member companies that operate in the North, Yukon Energy and ATCO, a symposium on the energy needs of the North. The symposium yielded a very engaged discussion and from this CEA produced the attached report. It contains the key takeaways of the discussion, and the following 5 strategic recommendations for the federal government.
- The Federal Government must support transformative renewable energy infrastructure projects in Canada’s North in terms of financial capital, and research, development, and deployment;
- The Federal Government must work to accelerate research underway to find innovative efficiencies in diesel generation, while concurrently promoting non-diesel alternatives;
- The Federal Government should work to facilitate transmission interconnections between the North and the South in an effort to end its energy isolation;
- The Federal Government must find and implement “flexible” funding mechanisms for the territorial governments to achieve their climate objectives and targets; and.
- The Federal Government must continue to build new and dynamic partnerships with Indigenous communities, if those communities are to be economically prosperous and sustainable.