In 2001, two years after the 1999 creation of Canada
Territory, the Nunavut Power Corporation
(a Crown corporation
) was established to take over the assets within Nunavut of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation
Prior to 1988, the power facilities across northern Canada
were owned and operated by the Northern Canada Power Commission (NCPC) a Canadian Crown corporation. In 2002, Nunavut Power Corporation was renamed Qulliq Energy Corporation
(QEC), and the mandate of the corporation expanded to include energy conservation and alternative generation development. The following year, in 2003, "Nunavut Power" became the operating name of QEC's electricity generation subsidiary.
Nunavut Power's main office, human resources and finance functions are located in Baker Lake
. It is one of the most successful examples of the still-debated decentralization policy of the Government of Nunavut (GN). Initiated as part of the original design of the Nunavut Territory in foundation doucments such as "Footprints in New Snow", decentralization was designed to spread employment and growth among Nunavut communities.
The geography of Nunavut presents unique challenges to hydro-electric
facilities, but the company is actively engaged in site reviews for hydro-electric developments in the 12-20MW range around Iqaluit
, the territorial capital. Low population, severe weather and remoteness of transportation and construction technology make long distance high voltage
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