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Greenland hydro capacity increases with new plant

August 20, 2013

Greenland produces about 75% of its electrical energy from hydro power. The last two of the three 7.5 MW turbines at Ilulissat are scheduled to go on line this year.

Greenland is the largest island and least densely populated country on Earth. Its 57,000 inhabitants are spread over a vast area the size of western Europe, with most of them living in small communities along the fjords of the west coast. Greenland has been replacing its diesel power plants with hydropower plants – thereby using its vast resources of glacial meltwater to generate lower cost hydropower and reduce the country’s fuel imports and greenhouse gas emissions.

The latest of these renewable energy projects is a 22.5 megawatt (MW) hydropower plant for the town of Ilulissat on the west coast - the third largest community in Greenland.

The other Greenland hydro facilities are:

Greenland is introducing small wind power parks in order to supply energy to those areas inaccessible by electricity cables. In addition, the government is investing in new technology for storing and transporting excess energy.



The Nordic countries are leaders in hydro development. Greenland’s next door neighbor, Nunavut, has no hydro production. Yukon produces nearly all of its electricity from hydro sources.