Emily HeManager, Renewables in Remote Communities

Portrait of Emily He

Emily He is the manager of the Renewables in Remote Communities program at the Pembina Institute. At Pembina, Emily’s work focuses on unlocking opportunities for and addressing barriers to the clean energy transition in Canada’s remote communities.

With a background in engineering consulting, Emily has contributed to renewable energy and/or energy efficiency projects in over 25 countries, several of which being located in remote and northern climates. Her expertise ranges from performing prefeasibility studies to due diligence assessments for stand-alone and hybrid power systems (primarily solar PV, wind, waste-to-energy, and batteries).

Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Waterloo. Outside of the office you can find Emily hiking, creating visual art, experiencing live music, and getting through her to-read list.

Contact Emily He

cell: 647-996-9621 • email: emilyh@pembina.org

Emily He's Recent Publications

Solar panels in Kotzebue

Remote clean energy and the federal budget Exploring the role of federal budgets in advancing remote clean energy and what we’re looking for in Budget 2024

Blog April 8, 2024- By Emily He, Fibha Nazim, Lynne Couves
Remote communities in Canada are transitioning their energy grids off diesel to cleaner, more reliable power. For these communities this is a costly, complex challenge requiring collaboration with governments, utilities, and industry. As Budget 2024 approaches, we highlight the federal role in advancing this work.
Solar panels installed in Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories

Funding the Territories in energy transition Federal funding must fit the needs of Canada's North

Blog March 25, 2024- By Emily He
As Canada increases its ambition for our collective clean energy future, it cannot leave northern and remote jurisdictions behind.  Our blog explores the important role of made-for- and -by- the-North policies in enabling an equitable energy transition for all.
Solar panels over Jeremias Sillit Community Center, Nain, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Clean energy capacity building in remote communities Lessons learned from the Pembina Institute's involvement in the Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative

Blog Dec. 21, 2023- By Emily He, Bhan Gatkuoth
From 2018 to 2023, the Pembina Institute was a proud co-delivery agent of the Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative (IODI), which gave Indigenous leaders in remote communities across Canada funding and skills development support to work on clean energy transformation in remote Indigenous communities. Here we amplify positive aspects and key recommendations stemming from our participation in IODI.
Solar panels in Kotzebue, Alaska

Lessons learned on remote energy and international exchange Remote community success stories, common challenges, and the imperative to share

Blog Oct. 31, 2023- By Lynne Couves, Emily He
Transitioning remote communities off-diesel and toward clean and renewable energy requires the confrontation of a wide range of financial, social, and environmental barriers which limit momentum on clean energy action. Key to bringing down those pervasive barriers are capacity building and knowledge exchange — both key outcomes of the 2023 Alaska Wind Workshop, an event the Pembina Institute’s Renewables in Remote Communities (RiRC) program attended and presented at.


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