Friday, July 25, 2014
Text Size

Hydro, Manitoba First Nations team up on geothermal conversions

Workers from several First Nations employed to carry out geothermal systems installations

CBC News

Moving heat from the ground to homes is turning into jobs and lower energy costs on several First Nations communities.

Manitoba Hydro announced its Community Geothermal Program, a joint project between First Nations, the province, Manitoba Geothermal Energy Alliance and Aki Energy.

Manitoba Hydro will front the capital costs to install the geothermal systems as part of its Pay As You Save (PAYS) financing program and workers from First Nations will install them. The conversion costs around $15,000 per home.

“Converting electrically heated homes on First Nations to geothermal lowers energy bills for residents, provides training opportunities for young people, and creates good jobs in the community,” said Stan Struthers, minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro, in a statement released by Hydro.

"We think there's even more potential around Manitoba," Struthers told CBC.

So far more than 100 homes in Peguis and Fisher River have been converted to geothermal through the program.

The project has been seen as such a success at saving people money on their bills and getting people working that it's now being expanded to three more communities.

"We feel as First Nations we need to be stewards of the land and that's to promote sustainable energy," said Chief Glenn Hudson of Peguis First Nation.

Long Plain First Nation, Sagkeeng First Nation and Chemawawin First Nation will all be taking part in the program with a projected 250 geothermal installations planned over the next six months.

Forty First Nations people will be employed full time to carry out the installations in their own communities this year.

"It's really busy," said Corey Thordarson of Chief Peguis Construction. "We're going to be going for a while here — that's what we want."

Hydro maintains the program will save $157 million for customers in 2017.

Whatever Trevor

Dis is Trevor.

Blast from the past: FP archive

When is Consultation, Consultation?

Write comment (10 Comments)

Ovide Mercredi

National Chief – AFN

During a Treaty Roundtable meeting of the Alberta Chiefs, I took note of a federal government document outlining their strategy to define and ultimately impose their own form of self-government. Read more...

Letting go of residential schools

Write comment (7 Comments)

by Gilbert Oskaboose, Nov 1993 First Perspective

There is a lot of "unfinished business" in Indian Country. Garbage that we as a people have never really dealt with. Chief among them is the whole issue of those infamous residential schools and their impact on people. Read more...


obidiah picture

ANALYSIS - Bill Gallagher

gallagher picture

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit


July 2014
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
Fri Jun 27 @12:00AM
Adäka Cultural Festival
Wed Jul 23 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
Asinabka Film Media Arts Festival
Sun Jul 27 @12:00AM
World Indigenous Business Forum 2014

Current Video

RIP Percy Tuesday

Write comment (1 Comment)


Thanks to Althea Guiboche for allowing The First Perspective to share her video taken at the Manitowapow book launch at McNally Robinson. 

Percey sings Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" and people join in to harmonize. 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): The Washington Redskins

Write comment (0 Comments)