Territories hope Arctic winds pack power

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It’s long been the Canadian Arctic’s dirty little secret: Most of its remote communities are powered solely by diesel.

But with soaring oil prices and growing concerns about climate change, the Northwest Territories is considering a renewable energy solution that could one day see wind farms sprouting in the Far North.

“Our Arctic coast villages are on the front lines of climate change and seeing the effects on a daily basis,” explained Wade Carpenter, the territorial government’s alternative-energy specialist. “Wind can help us reduce our dependency on diesel and it fits in well with the Inuvialuit principles of using the land.”

The Northwest Territories government plans to pick a community later this year where it would like to begin work on its ambitious wind strategy by 2009.

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