News & Events

Check this section for Yukon Energy's latest news and coming events.

If you have questions about any of the information posted here, please contact:

Janet Patterson
Manager, Communications
Yukon Energy Corporation
Phone: (867) 393-5333
Email: janet.patterson@yec.yk.ca

News, Community Involvement, Energy Supply
Apr 14, 2016  Comment

Major Survey About to Start to Gauge Yukoners’ Views on Electricity

As most people know, Yukon Energy is in the process of updating our 2016 Resource Plan, a document that outlines how to meet Yukon's electricity needs for the next 20 years (2016 to 2035). A critical part of our resource planning work is to gather your input, so we can create a plan that reflects Yukoners' values in terms of the territory's electricity future.  Keeping in mind that all energy options have impacts and require trade-offs, we want to understand how you would rank the importance of affordability (keeping your power rates low), reliability (keeping the lights on), and a number of social and environmental factors such as protecting the environment and wildlife, respecting traditional lifestyles and heritage resources, supporting economic growth and jobs, and ensuring cultural and community well-being. We have hired the Yukon Bureau of Statistics to conduct a phone survey, which will start as early as this week-end and will run over the next few weeks. The Bureau will survey up to 5,000 people in both Whitehorse and the communities, using a statistically sound method that will allow them to collect the opinions of a representative sample of Yukoners. The questionnaire should take about 10 minutes to complete. If you are one of those who receives a call, please take the time to do the survey. Your answers will be confidential and the Bureau of Stats will not share any of your personal information, not even with Yukon Energy. Once the Bureau of Stats has collected and compiled all the results, it will provide us with a report that we will make public - likely sometime in the summer. In terms of how we will use the information, it will be one of several factors we will take into account when selecting what we believe are the best energy options for Yukon over the next 20-years. The other factors include: Electricity cost Reliability Environmental impacts Socio-economic impacts All things being equal, we will give more weight to any potential projects that appear to have the general support of Yukoners based on the survey results.

News, Community Involvement, Environment
Nov 24, 2015  Comment

Yukon Energy Provides Precious Resource for Fox Creek Restoration Project

Yukon Energy handed over some very special cargo to the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council earlier this month. Our Whitehorse Rapids Fish Hatchery provided the First Nation with more than 50,000 fertilized (eyed) Chinook salmon eggs.  The eggs are part of a program to restore the Chinook salmon run at Fox Creek, a tributary of Lake Laberge about 50 kilometres north of Whitehorse. The creek supported a spawning population of Chinook salmon until the 1950s, when the fish disappeared. No one is sure why this happened.  Several years ago, Ta’an began working with Yukon Energy and other partners to restock the creek. Yukon Energy’s hatchery provides the eggs, which each fall are transferred to Yukon College’s McIntyre Creek Hatchery. The eggs incubate and hatch over the winter and the subsequent young fry are tagged and released into Fox Creek during the summer. There are some promising indications that the efforts are starting to pay off. The Ta’an Kwäch’än Council reported seeing nine Chinook salmon this past summer in the Fox Creek spawning grounds. Yukon Energy looks forward to continuing our partnership with Ta’an on this important project. Fertilized (eyed) eggs up close Whitehorse Rapids Fish Hatchery Manager Lawrence Vano hands over the eggs to Ta'an Councillor Delilah Pillai and contractor Deb Fulmer. The eggs arrive safe and sound at the McIntyre Creek fish hatchery.

General, News, Community Involvement, Energy Supply, Partnerships
Oct 06, 2015  Comment

Working With Yukoners to Plan the Next 20 Years

Yukon Energy is looking to Yukoners to help chart the course of the territory’s short to medium-term electricity future. We are starting the process of updating our resource plan, which will cover the years 2016 to 2035.  Over the next 12 to 15 months, we will work with you through a public process that will allow us to: Determine what the electricity needs are expected to be in the territory over the next 20 years; Determine how much of an electricity shortage there will be over that time period; Examine all possible energy options available, analyze each one based on consistent criteria, and determine which ones are the best choices for the territory technically, economically, environmentally, and socially; and Write a resource plan that will be submitted to the Yukon Utilities Board for review. Planning for Yukoners’ power needs takes careful thought and research, and a balancing of values. It requires input from all Yukoners since we all have a stake in the territory’s electricity future. Yukoners can make their voices heard at every step in the planning process. It is important that we understand people’s values, so they can be reflected in the resource plan. You can provide input through public meetings, a comprehensive values-based survey and a new interactive website, among other things. We hope to increase electricity literacy through a series of information pieces placed in a Yukon newspaper and mailed to households. There will be direct and ongoing engagement with First Nations throughout the resource planning process. We recognize that First Nations have the right to be engaged as a government, a potential energy investor or proponent, and as Yukon citizens. We expect to have a resource plan to submit to the Yukon Utilities Board early in 2017.