For Canada’s nearly 300 remote off-grid communities, affordable electricity is a challenge. These communities rely solely on locally generated electricity, which typically comes from expensive and polluting diesel-powered generators. This limits the potential growth of these communities, results in high electricity costs, and can have adverse environmental impacts.
Power Shift: Electricity for Canada’s Remote Communities is a primer on electricity supply and demand in Canada’s remote off-grid communities. It profiles the communities and their electricity use, and explains the primary supply-side issues that have left many of them dependent on diesel-powered generators. The report then reviews leading options for advancing alternatives. It explores how the interplay of various technical, economic, environmental, and social factors shapes energy policy options for remote communities. As an aid to decision-makers, the report highlights techniques for weighing options, and concludes with a set of guidelines for framing policy choices around alternatives to diesel dependence.