The Red Rock Indian Band is a First Nation located approximately 120 km’s east of the city of Thunder Bay and 2 km’s east of the Township of Nipigon. The First Nation consists of two sections, Parmacheene Reserve 53 and Lake Helen Reserve 53A. The total area covered by these two reserves is 950 acres and is within the 1850 Robinson Superior Treaty area. Red Rock Indian Band is accessible year-round by road.
The purpose of the Red Rock Indian Band Energy Plan update was to:
Review and analyze the existing Energy Plan completed in 2016, perform a community baseline study which will outline the annual energy usage on the Red Rock Indian Band, which includes residential, commercial and industrial applications based on historical data.
Provide energy consumption including electricity, propane, wood, fuel oil, and transportation.
Examine building occupancy data including vacancy rate, use of space and operating schedules. Provide building asset data including conditioned square footage and system specifications.
Provide a summary of results of the baseline study which will include descriptions of data collection processes, methodologies used and energy mapping.
Actively engage community members to determine individual needs and demand for energy types, and to determine the ongoing demand for development and expansion of the Band.
Examine the current and future demand for energy and the types and sources of energy.
Provide information regarding priorities and opportunities related to energy use and possible generation, including opportunities related to conservation, energy efficiency, demand management, impacts to local ecology, and explore renewable energy and small-scale electrical generation.
Implement a plan outline actionable ways to meet energy demands. Identify priorities and opportunities with an evaluation of human and financial resources available in the community. Identify programs which should be included in the energy plan.
There were 28 people in total who participated in the survey’s and out of that 28, 17 participated in the Energy Electricity Audit.
The recommendations will be focused on the residential sector as this is the sector that consumes and emits the most energy and CO2. Recommendations will also focus on a feasibility study that will help the RRIB to the next steps of energy conservation.