North Spirit Lake First Nation accessing NOHFC energy program for renewable energy project

Ontario press release

North Spirit Lake First Nation Targets Renewable Energy -McGuinty
Government Promoting Clean Technology

September 20, 2010 - A remote First Nation in Northern Ontario is
exploring the potential of developing a small hydroelectric generating
station to modernize operations and reduce costs.

With support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation
(NOHFC), the North Spirit Lake First Nation is assessing the viability
of building a plant on Flanagan River located about 175 kilometres north
of Red Lake. The study will determine site conditions, water level
variations, plant capacity and energy production as well as assess costs
and ecological benefits.

The project aligns with the objectives of the Green Energy Act, which is
part of the Open Ontario plan to embrace green technology and support
community investments that lead to conservation and economic growth.

"This project is an excellent example of how our government's Green
Energy Act is providing opportunities for communities, businesses and
other partners to undertake renewable energy projects across Northern

– Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and
Forestry, and chair of the NOHFC


  • The NOHFC is providing $100,000 for this project under its Northern Energy Program, which helps
    northern organizations pursue clean alternatives and reduce demand on
    non-renewable energy sources.
  • The Green Energy Act is expected to create 50,000 new jobs in the
    green energy sector in Ontario.



Joanne Ghiz

Minister's Office


Michel Lavoie

Communications Branch

705 564-7125