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The Fort Nelson First Nation has received a permit from the Province that will allow them to move forward with a planned geothermal project.
When finished, the project will provide a reliable source of clean and renewable energy to those in the area, which is currently not attached to BC’s electrical grid and heavily relies on fossil fuels from Alberta.
“Power from the plant would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as the Fort Nelson area… relies on gas-fired generation,” Kent Karemaker, spokesperson for the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum.
The permit grants geothermal resource rights to Deh Tai GP Inc., a development company of the Fort Nelson First Nation.
Awarded rights would be for nearly 6,800 hectares of land in the Clarke Lake gas field, located in the northeast corner of the province.
Unlike wind, solar, and river projects, which are intermittent, geothermal is an extremely stable and firm source of electricity.
Fort Nelson First Nations received 1 million dollars from Natural Resources Canada back in August for the assessment of geothermal energy at Clarke Lake.
The permit is a direct step to work in collaboration with First Nations groups to seize green economic opportunities.
Geothermal power is a form of renewable energy utilizing subsurface hot water or steam created by the heat beneath the earth’s surface. … Low temperature geothermal sources can be utilized to heat and cool residential and commercial buildings by installing heat pump systems.
The Fort Nelson First Nation (FNFN) community is located 7 kilometers south of the town of Fort Nelson in the northeastern corner of British Columbia; the community is located at Mile 293-295 on the Alaska Highway. The Nation is a Slavey/Cree linguistic group with roughly 638 band members living on and off-reserve.