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Homes on two Manitoba reserves to be retrofitted for geothermal heat


March 20, 2015
By Ground Water Canada

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March 20, 2015, Treaty One Territory,
Man. – The communities of Peguis First Nation and Fisher River Cree Nation have reached
an agreement with Aki Energy and Manitoba Hydro to retrofit community
homes to geothermal energy and create local jobs for community people.

March 20, 2015, Treaty One Territory,
Man. – The communities of Peguis First Nation and Fisher River Cree Nation have reached
an agreement with Aki Energy and Manitoba Hydro to retrofit community
homes to geothermal energy and create local jobs for community people.

The agreement will retrofit commercial and upwards of 500
residential on-reserve properties in Peguis, while stimulating the
local construction economy with upwards of $8,000,000 in local
investment and upwards of $14,000,000 in long-term savings on energy
use.

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"Local divestment from pure reliance on the Manitoba Hydro grid is
going to bring balance towards efficient energy use and development and
put responsibility back in the hands of our communities. This is a very
positive step towards the types of sustainable and responsible energy
use systems that are available in balancing the use of earth, wind,
water and fire energy," Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said in a news release.

 

The agreement, signed at the Alternative Energy and Food
Sovereignty National Conference in Winnipeg, is designed to create
local jobs and demonstrate that the promotion of Green Energy is a key priority for First Nation leadership in
Manitoba, the release said.