Alternative energy project proposed

The winds of change cialis pas cher are blowing for Inuvik's energy sector. GNWT representatives told town council July 11 that the territorial government is exploring the feasibility of adding a wind turbine to the community's energy infrastructure.

"The technology for coldweather wind turbines is much better than it was 10 years ago" said Wade Carpenter, alternative energy specialist with the Department of Public Works and Services, adding the project is still in the exploratory stage.

The proposed work would see one or two 2.3-megawatt wind turbines installed in the Inuvik area, which would displace up to 10% of the community's current diesel use. Where those turbines might be located has yet to be decided. Carpenter and Janpeter Lennie-Misgeld, a senior analyst with the department, outlined that to be a worthy trubine, wind speed must be consistently above six metres per second. The project would likely cost between $20 million and $25 million and would have to be government funded. "We would like to do some field work this summer," said Lennie-Misgeld, explaining that would involve flying over the proposed sites in helicopters and examining the land where the turbines would be built.

"Energy is a huge part of living in the North, particularly the cost, and we've had our own problems with it," said Mayor Jim McDonald. "These projects are certainly encouraging." While he noted the project wouldn't likely bring down the cost of energy in town in the near future, he hoped it would make a difference in the long run. Deputy mayor Stephen Baryluk asked if all goes well would there be opportunity for expansion in the future, but Carpenter explained it would require better battery technology than is currently available. Lennie-Misgeld said a request for proposals for preliminary work would be issued within a month, after which the department could better grasp the feasibility of the project. "We should have enough information by spring to take another step," he said, adding that if the stars align, construction could get underway in 2018.