QEC is committed to reducing its dependency on fossil fuels through energy conservation in Nunavut. We have set out a number of initiatives to help us move toward energy efficient and cost efficient technologies.
Smart Grid Infrastructure
In April 2016, we completed our Smart Grid project to develop long-term sustainable energy efficiency in the territory’s capital city. Smart Grid or Advanced Metering Infrastructure is a modern electrical communication network that allows real time measurement of customer energy consumption, monitors energy flows and adjusts to changes in energy supply and demand. Iqaluit accounts for 30 percent of our customer base, and this technology will support QEC’s future plan to manage demand for electricity during peak periods which will help us operate more efficiently.
Smart meters, a component of smart grid technology, have enabled us to accurately read our customers’ meters, and improve our response time to power outages due to the technology’s ability to identify the time and location of power outages. To learn more about smart meters, please click here.
In addition, the smart grid infrastructure will also assist in our plan to integrate renewable energy systems to supplement our existing diesel generation systems.
Light Emitting Diode Streetlights
QEC has installed 67 energy efficient LED (light emitting diode) streetlights in Iqaluit to date. It is the first energy conservation project of its kind in Nunavut and it provides a number of environmental, economic and social benefits. LED street lights have long term benefits such as a reduction in energy use by as much as 30%, significant savings in operational and maintenance costs as they last five times longer than conventional street lights, and improve light quality for road safety conditions. The LED streetlights project has been expanded to the communities of Kugaaruk, Rankin inlet, Cambridge Bay and Grise Fiord.