Energy Charrette Helps Chart a Course for Energy in the NWT
YELLOWKNIFE (November 28, 2012) Over 120 participants came together to talk about energy at the 2012 Northwest Territories Energy Charrette. This three-day event was a collaborative process to outline how to meet the territory’s future energy needs and provide input on the development of the 2013 NWT Energy Plan.
Representatives from Aboriginal and community governments, businesses, energy experts, non-governmental organizations and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) engaged in energy-related discussions. Topics included what Devolution could mean to energy planning, energy supply options and identifying objectives that could be included in an NWT Energy Plan.
Premier Bob McLeod, Chair of the Ministerial Energy Coordinating Committee, opened the Charrette on behalf of the GNWT. “I commend the Charrette working group on applying this collaborative planning approach to energy development in the NWT. Working together and hearing how experts in the energy field have addressed their challenges and embraced opportunities will help us chart a course for the future of energy in our territory.”
“The Government of Canada is pleased to have invested in the NWT Energy Charette which brought energy experts and stakeholders together to discuss the future of energy planning in the territory,” said The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council. “The result of this inclusive, collaborative process will help inform the 2013 Energy Plan which will promote economic diversification, employment and business opportunities in the NWT – all areas of priority for the Government of Canada.”
Members of the public were invited to attend two sessions of the Charrette, including a discussion given by Peter Tertzakian, a leading economist and energy specialist. Public comments on the Energy Discussion Paper are still encouraged and will be accepted until December 15, 2012.
The event was developed in partnership with the Northwest Territories Energy Corporation, CanNor and the Northwest Territories Association of Communities.
The results of the Charrette will be published in the Charrette Final Report, which will be released in early 2013.
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