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Building a Microgrid in Northern Ontario – EBPowerCon 2022

February 24, 2022  By Anthony Capkun



February 24, 2022 – Gull Bay First Nation is an Ojibwe community located in Northwestern Ontario, on the western shoreline of Lake Nipigon, two hours north of Thunder Bay. The remote, non-grid-connected community has been dependent on diesel fuel since the 1960s, when diesel gensets were brought in for power generation.

Today, however, the community is home to Canada’s first fully integrated remote renewable energy storage microgrid, which significantly curtails the community’s reliance on diesel.

Joining us to speak about this landmark project are Kevin Ritzmann and Tony Murphy of Alltrade Industrial Contractors Inc., which served as the Engineer, Procure, Construct (EPC) contractor for this unique project.

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We’ll talk to them about the challenges involved in this project (e.g. remote community, weather, etc.) and the technologies employed and, of course, lessons learned.

Launched by Electrical Business Magazine, EBPowerCon engages with subject matter experts—one-on-one and via panel discussion—to shed light on trends and technologies so as to empower our professional electrical community of contractors, engineers, maintenance, and related stakeholders with knowledge and insight into markets and opportunities.


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