Magdalen Islands looking to be more energy efficient

Magdalen Islands looking to be more energy efficient

Main pic: Map of the Magdalen Islands, Quebec. Credit: Jean Gagnon.

Îles-de-la-Madeleine (Quebec) 28 September 2015 – The islands that make up the municipality of Les Îles de la Madeleine up in the Gulf of St. Lawrence rely completely on fossil fuel to run their vehicles, produce their electricity and power their boats. The mayor of the islands, Jonathan Lapierre would like to see that change and on Wednesday of last week in a videoconference call with the Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources he tried to get his message across.

The Islands have 12,000 inhabitants, with 10,400 gas powered vehicles plus 1,200 gas powered boats and the electricity is created by using heating oil to operate the generators but, according to the mayor, there has to be a better way.

He suggested to the minister that other power sources like, geo-thermal, solar power and wind-power could be installed on the island which would limit the use of fossil fuels. A project to build a wind-power park is in the works which will help produce 6 MW of power but is far from being sufficiently productive.

Jonathan Lapierre would like to see the islands become a nest-egg for efficient power sources and is open to any solution to rid the municipality of its fossil fuel dependence. M. Lapierre also reiterated that the population as a whole would like to be more energy efficient and is asking the Government to sign-on and help out.

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