Many people use the term “Alternative Energy” and “Renewable Energy” interchangeably. This is a common misconception in the energy sector as their definitions are significantly different. Renewable energy is derived by naturally occurring and self-replenishing processes such as hydro, solar and wind resources. Alternative energy, while also encompassing energy from naturally occurring processes, includes non-renewable sources such as natural gas cogeneration, hydrogen fuel cells, biofuel and ethanol. Both alternative energy and renewable energy produce fewer emissions than conventional energy sources. These environmentally sustainable technologies have been honed across the globe to cut down on pollution and significantly reduce our carbon footprint. QEC is currently working with federal agencies to gain financial support for alternative energy initiatives in Nunavut.
QEC’s District Heat System, also known as Residual Heat, has been in operation for the last 15 years in a number of communities across the territory. It is an alternative energy technology that allows us to harness the heat produced from generating electricity through diesel powered generator sets. The heat that comes off the generator sets is used efficiently by rerouting it to warm a number of buildings such as schools, hospitals and offices.
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