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Wind Energy Potential
In order to assess the feasibility of using wind energy in communities across the NWT, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) and the Aurora Research Institute (ARI) have been conducting wind energy studies in the NWT for nearly ten years. Wind monitoring programs have been established in several locations in order to provide communities with a clear picture of their local wind resources.
The main research question of this project is, what is the potential of wind energy to meet the power demands of NWT communitites?
Communities across the NWT
There are several stages to developing wind energy in the NWT. ENR and ARI work together to ensure the communities are well-informed and on-board with all project activities. To begin a wind energy investigation, a pre-feasibility study is done using local weather data and computer wind-flow models to predict the average wind speeds in a community, and to identify the best locations for capturing wind energy. If the wind speed estimates look promising and the community wishes, a wind monitoring tower is erected to confirm the computer model's predictions and to collect two full years of wind data.
Each wind monitoring tower is typically 34 or 60 meters tall, and is equipped with sensors for wind speed (anemometers) and direction (weather vane). A small weather station is also attached to the tower to collect temperature readings. A wind monitor is then hired from the community to retrieve the data and maintain the tower. The resulting wind data is then reviewed and incorporated into an economic analysis of implementing a wind energy program. Results and recommendations are presented to the community for review, and if the wind resources are strong enough and a wind project is economically feasible, the community will decide whether or not they wish to pursue wind energy development.
Wind energy assessments are conducted as interest arises.
GNWT Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Wind, Meteorological towers, wind assessment, community power, renewable energy
Inuvik Wind Monitoring Update 2016 Inuvik Wind Summary Report: 2015
Inuvik Wind Energy Pre-Feasibility Analysis: 2015
Inuvik Wind Energy Assessment at Storm Hills (2014)
Inuvik Wind Energy Pre‐Feasibility Analysis
Inuvik Wind Energy Pre‐Feasibility Analysis Summary
JEAN MARIE RIVER
Jean Marie River Solar and Wind Summary
Jean Marie River Solar and Wind Monitoring Update
Jean Marie River Wind & Solar Energy Pre‐feasibility Analysis
Jean Marie River Wind & Solar Energy Pre‐feasibility Analysis Summary