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Yellowknife council supports energy projects for years to come

Yellowknife, NWT – After saving Yellowknife over a million litres of oil, the Community Energy Planning Committee continues to set high standards for the city.

Earlier this week, councillors approved the renewal of the CEP through 2025.

The committee says it aims to have a carbon neutral city by that time.

Councillor and CEP chair Dan Wong says the goals outlined are steep but achievable.

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“There are some very ambitious goals here including carbon neutrality by 2025. I think it certainly seems beyond belief but it’s within our reach. Who would imagine we could see almost 40% reductions on city emissions?”

Councillor Niels Konge, however, says the city can do a better job.

“Is there any reason why, in this plan, we’re not looking at new developments like Grace Lake and considering land in those developments for central heating systems or other projects?”

The city’s Director of Corporate Services, Carl Bird, who delivered the CEP presentation at City Hall, agrees with Konge.

He sees no reason why the city can’t expand its energy projects.

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