Remote Indigenous renewable energy projects: Establishing partnerships and fair power purchase agreements

Nearly all remote Indigenous communities in Canada rely on diesel power plants for electricity. In a few cases, renewable energy projects have already offset diesel power but developing such projects in northern Canada is difficult. Not only do remoteness and harsh winter conditions make development expensive but various policies regarding the cost of electricity create complex economic barriers. Of primary concern is reaching fair power purchase agreements between Indigenous communities and publicly owned utilities. This research is thus intended to illuminate the conditions under which productive partnerships might be established so that Indigenous communities might continue to develop and introduce more renewable energy projects.

Faculty Supervisor:

Karena Shaw


Eryn Fitzgerald


Pembina Institute


Environmental sciences


Aboriginal affairs




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