Here in Ft. Simpson & many of the other small, rural, remote diesel-powered NWT communities, I think that sharing such “energy spending” numbers would catch people’s attention that could cause them to ask a few other questions, but I am not sure just how much ACTION it would really illicit.
In 2007-08, the Arctic Energy Alliance created Community Energy Profiles for all the communities in the NWT, as I’ve mentioned in our CCEM 101/102 Forum discussions. We had & still have the calculations of how much the “energy spend” was for each community (% of each fuel type, $, & GHG’s) & therefore, estimates per person in each community were also possible for the population at the time.
I think this question raises some very good “food for thought” for me/us to explore ways to engage people in the NWT more effectively with data such as what we already have in these Community Energy Profiles, although the data is now 8 years old. Perhaps if the AEA was to spearhead some discussions around their “energy spend” with communities & compile details/feedback from them pertaining to moving ahead on local actions, improving Building Code, & looking into Renewable Energy options, … maybe we could re-vitalize the existing Energy Profile data along with the community engagement around it to help facilitate such discussions/actions.
We may likely be having the Community Energy Profile data updated for a small handful of the communities this year (Linda Todd from our Yk office is leading on this) & that would present a more current opportunity to inject these important costing details into conversations at the community level.
- This reply was modified 8 years, 2 months ago by Jen Grebeldinger.