Four remote and northern communities remain off the Manitoba Hydro transmission grid and are reliant on diesel generated electricity supplied by Manitoba Hydro. These communities comprise what is known as the “Diesel Zone” and include: Sayisi First Nation (served by the station at Tadoule Lake); Shamattawa First Nation (served by the station at Shamattawa); Barren Lands First Nation/Brochet and Northlands Denesuline First Nation (served by the diesel generating station at Lac Brochet).
Diesel generation results in high service costs. These costs require significant subsidization by the federal and provincial governments and Manitoba Hydro’s grid customers. Moreover, there are environmental and reliability issues arising from diesel generation that must be taken into account.
The PUB seeks to help ensure that diesel zone customers are provided with reliable electricity service, at reasonable rates.