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Michael Ross selected as Yukon College’s Northern Energy Chair


September 20, 2016
By Renée Francoeur
Photo archbould.com, courtesy Yukon College.

September 20, 2016 – Michael Ross is the new Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Northern Energy Innovation, a position awarded to Yukon College by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). This position is supported by electricity companies in all three Canadian territories, Yukon Energy says, to solve challenges faced by the northern energy industry.

Ross will work with a pan-territorial consortium comprised of ATCO Electric, Northwest Territories Power Corporation, Qulliq Energy Corporation Nunavut and Yukon Energy Corp. These companies have matched NSERC’s $1-million contribution by each committing $50,000 per year over the next five years.

“Utilities in the North face some common challenges, including isolated grids, reliance on diesel and aging infrastructure,” said Andrew Hall, consortium chair and president of Yukon Energy. “The consortium believes that we can address these challenges most efficiently by combining our efforts through the creation of this chair position.”

Ross will focus his research projects on: integration of renewable energy into isolated community grids, energy storage, diesel efficiencies, independent energy valuation, residential and utility partnership, and demand side management.