Wind Power Study Funded in Canada’s Yukon

Vuntut Development Corp. will receive CAN$99,426 (US$66,500) through the federal Resource Partnerships Program to test the potential of wind power near Old Crow, Canada.

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada – February 26, 2003 [] Vuntut Development Corp., owned by Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, along with Yukon Energy Corporation, will match the funding to install a wind monitoring station near Old Crow. If the testing shows commercial wind power is feasible, the companies will create a joint venture so the Vuntut Development Corporation (VDC) can become an independent power producer. “The Vuntut Development Corporation is continuing to implement its strategic plan by developing good economic ventures while protecting and enhancing the environment of the north Yukon,” said Stephen Mills, president of VDC. “We are very pleased with our partnership with Yukon Energy Corporation and the support provided by the Government of Canada.” The proposed project is intended to reduce the amount of diesel fuel currently burned in generators in the area by the 300 residents of this remote community. This economic development project is part of the government’s commitment to help strengthen Aboriginal entrepreneurial/business expertise, and bring about strong, self-sufficient Aboriginal and northern
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