Weledeh MLA proposes energy alternatives
Monday, March 26, 2012 - 1:40 PM
Yellowknife, N.W.W. - Weledeh MLA Bob Bromley is calling for the territory to take steps to decrease the costs of power production after the Northwest Territories Power Corporation applied for substantial rate increases.
NTPC is asking for a seven per cent increase each year for the next three years and a five per cent increase in 2015.
Bromley said the power corporation is working to be efficient.
"The only thing is they are working strictly within the conventional model and the conventional model simply does not work anymore," said Bromley.
One alternative Bromley suggested is using wood instead of fossil fuels.
He argued that fuel prices are only going to increase and the supply of fossil fuels is only going to become less certain.
"In the face of this we are continuing on a fossil fuel approach and shipping those dollars out of the Northwest Territories to pay for those fuels that are imported from elsewhere instead of really investing those dollars in local energy systems that are based on local wood supply ideally," said Bromley.
Bromley said that many northern areas of Europe already burn wood to generate electricity.
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