Despite having the largest land mass of all of the provinces and territories, Nunavut generates and consumes the least amount of electricity. It relies heavily on imported diesel fuel and other oil products to meet its needs. The cold climate and sparse populations in the territory make it more challenging and costly to adopt renewable sources. As well, the territory’s electrical grid is not connected to any other jurisdiction. The good news is that the territory has moderate solar potential, receiving more sun energy than five other provinces and territories because of its long summer days and lower cloud cover. Better yet, there are also several communities with high wind potential. The Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) has already begun a pilot solar generation project and identified communities with potential for future wind power sites. The QEC is a territorial corporation 100 percent owned by the Government of Nunavut and solely manages electricity in Nunavut.

Electricity Use By Sector (TWh)

2040 Projection

Electric Capacity - Nunavut

Distribution of Energy Across Nunavut