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Fort Frances commissions microgrid study

By Randy Thoms Mar 5, 2023 | 12:59 PM

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The town of Fort Frances is exploring how a microgrid might benefit the community.

Siemens Canada has been hired to conduct a feasibility study at a cost of $298,400.

The project was budgeted for $400,000.

FedNor grants and a contribution from the Fort Frances Network Services Corporations, a town subsidiary and an affiliate of the Fort Frances Power Corporation, will cover 87.5 per cent of total costs.

The project is expected to receive other in-kind contributions from the town in terms of staff support on technical matters.

“This project came under budget,” notes the town’s Chief Administrative Officer, Faisal Anwar. “We’re very excited to start this project that might bring economic growth and prosperity to the town.”

The study will determine if low electricity rates, energy self-sufficiency, and enhanced supply of electricity can be achieved.
It will also explore the economic benefits.

“It has the potential to make Fort Frances relatively independent in energy and keep our energy costs really, really low,” says Mayor Andrew Hallikas.

Microgrids are capable of supplying power to an area independently or by connecting to an existing electricity grid.

The study’s findings could be known by the end of this year or early in 2024.

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