"Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal is a state of the art project that will revolutionize the North by creating opportunities for generations to come."
– Chief Sharleen Gale of Fort Nelson First Nations
Fort Nelson First Nation is located in the Northeastern corner of British Columbia. We are one of eight nations that belong to BC Treaty 8, coming from strong Cree and Dene Peoples. Fort Nelson First Nation is taking an active role in defining the industrial activities in our traditional territories. After many years of strategizing and planning, Fort Nelson First Nation is pursuing the development of this innovative renewable energy project that is well suited for a Northern climate. Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal aligns with our vision of building a sustainable future for generations to come.
The Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal project is fully owned and led by Fort Nelson First Nation through their economic development corporation Deh Tai Corporation. The word Tu Deh-Kah means “water in the form of steam” in the Dene Language.
Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal is in the early stages of development with the goal of providing up to 7-15MW of clean, geothermal electricity in Northeastern BC. Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal is poised to be British Columbia’s first geothermal electricity facility and amongst the first in Canada. The site will host a binary system using an Organic Rankine Cycle power plant given the low-grade geothermal resource.
Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal is 100% Fort Nelson First Nation community-owned through our economic development corporation, Deh Tai LP. This project aligns with the Province of BC’s and Government of Canada’s climate targets to achieve net-zero. Fort Nelson’s electricity grid is currently 100% reliant on fossil fuels – this geothermal project is an essential keystone in Northeastern BC’s energy transition.
There has been a significant economic downturn in the region due to a dwindling gas and forestry industry. There is a cascading system of opportunities in utilizing the excess heat from the system. This emerging renewable energy industry in Canada brings stable long-term jobs to the Northern Rockies by establishing the region as a geothermal hub.
Our Amazing Funders
This project is made possible through the culmination of many years of community leadership, planning and funding.
Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal graciously acknowledges all funders for making this project possible to date.
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