Overcoming the challenges of powering Canada’s off-grid communities
Over 280 communities in Canada–home to approximately 200 000 people–are not connected to the North American electrical grid and natural gas distribution pipeline systems. These remote, or off-grid, communities primarily rely on expensive diesel-fired generation, while others rely on smaller local or regional electricity grids based on hydro or trucked-in liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Despite the challenges, many remote communities in Canada are
opportunities to reduce their reliance on diesel fuel, improve electricity reliability, and reduce carbon emissions. These opportunities include developing renewables, hydro or LNG, expanding grids.