The development of a prosperous and low-carbon economy requires strong and meaningful partnerships with Indigenous Peoples to continue advancing stewardship of our collective energy and environmental future. Investing in renewable energy and storage initiatives that support Canada’s clean energy transition will lead to decarbonized, smart and integrated utilities that will reduce carbon pollution, keep our air clean and support stronger, healthier communities for generations.
Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of over $1 million for Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN) and Oneida Nation of the Thames (Oneida) to develop community distributed energy resources (DER) solutions that will help address the unique demand increases and the reliability and energy challenges in First Nations communities.
TTN and Oneida are rapidly growing communities with existing distribution systems that are in need of modernization. This project seizes the opportunity to optimize improved DER systems in a manner that will assist TTN and Oneida to build community-based skills and expertise. Once complete, TTN and Oneida will be well prepared to consider the development of a community energy storage project while continuing to build capacity to unlock action through partnerships and collaboration with other communities in their regions.
Canada currently has one of the cleanest grids in the world, with more than eighty percent of its electricity supply being emissions-free. As Canada moves toward a net-zero economy and electricity system, grid modernization projects such as this will help solidify the country’ position as a leader in clean electricity generation.
Federal funding for this project is provided by the $1.56-billion Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways program (SREPs). By making strategic investments across the country, the Government of Canada is enabling increased renewable energy generation and essential grid services while cutting pollution and contributing to Canada’s net-zero and climate action targets.
This investment demonstrates the Government of Canada’s ongoing commitment to work in partnership with Indigenous Peoples across Canada to support innovative projects working toward a sustainable energy sector while delivering clean air, advancing economic reconciliation and fighting climate change.