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, Energy Conservation, Energy Supply, Partnerships
Jan 07, 2016  Comment

Making the Switch to LED Streetlights

We have decided to replace all of our existing streetlights with energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights. We will begin changing out the streetlights in Dawson City within the next few weeks. Later in the year we will install LED streetlights in the rest of our service areas, including Mayo, Faro, Champagne and Mendenhall. Switching to LED streetlights will mean lower power bills for those rural communities we serve and is a better choice for the environment. The Dawson project should see a reduction of around 32 megawatt hours per year, which is equivalent to the amount of power used in one year by three average Yukon homes. LED streetlights now cost less than traditional streetlights ($184 per LED light compared to $240 per traditional HPS light). They are also expected to last much longer: 25 years as opposed to four years for HPS bulbs. Yukon Energy has run LED streetlight pilot projects over the last five years in Dawson City and Mendenhall, in partnership with the Yukon government’s Energy Solution Centre (for Dawson) and ATCO Electric Yukon (for Mendenhall). The research shows that LEDs work well in the territory’s cold climate and that they use about half as much electricity as the traditional high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights. This means municipalities will see reduced power bills by about $29 a year per light. Dawson has approximately 170 residential streetlights, giving the town an annual savings of nearly $5,000. Feedback from residents in Dawson and Mendenhall indicates most people like the quality of the LED light. The cost of switching out the Dawson streetlights will be about $50,000, and the price of the entire switch-out will be approximately $120,000. With the energy and maintenance savings, the project is a very cost effective way of meeting the territory’s energy needs, particularly during the dark winters when demand on the grid is at its highest. Residential customers can also see savings by switching to LED lights. Our electricity conservation and efficiency program inCharge is currently offering $7 rebates on each package of ENERGY STAR® LED lights. 

Energy Conservation, Environment
Apr 08, 2015  Comment

Why Energy Conservation?

We are often asked why a company such as ours that is in the business of selling electricity would be promoting energy conservation and efficiency. Shouldn’t we be encouraging people to use more electricity, not less? The question came up again recently, after we told Yukoners that our electricity sales have dropped about five percent in the last two years…the same period of time that we and ATCO Electric Yukon jointly launched the inCharge electricity conservation program. There are a number of reasons why energy conservation/efficiency continues to make sense for us and for Yukoners in general. While we have seen a drop in electricity sales in 2013 and 2014, (primarily because of milder temperatures as opposed to our inCharge program), we expect that in the longer term, the trend will be towards growth in the territory and thus higher electricity consumption. Yukon Energy is working to find new short- to medium-term renewable energy options to meet that expected growth, and one of the most economical options is conservation/efficiencies. A megawatt saved is a megawatt that we don’t have to build. Developing a conservation culture doesn’t happen overnight. People’s habits change slowly. Our inCharge program is helping to build awareness and creating new thought patterns that should, over time, result in significant energy savings. By starting now, even at a time when our sales are down, it should reap greater benefits a few years from now. Finally, it’s the right thing to do. Just because we might, at certain times of the year, have an excess of renewable electricity, that doesn’t mean that we should not use it wisely. Energy conservation/efficiencies is good for the planet, and thus for all of us. Another question that we sometimes receive from Yukoners is related to our natural gas plant that will be in service by late spring. We are asked if, once that facility is operating, we will continue to promote energy conservation. The answer is yes, of course. The natural gas plant is being built purely as back-up, to be used during emergencies or during cold periods when we don’t have enough renewable power to meet demand. The natural gas units are merely replacing two old back-up diesel generations that must be retired. Yukon Energy remains at our core a renewable energy company, with 99.6 percent of our generation last year coming from hydro and wind, and we see energy conservation as one form of renewable energy that is readily available to Yukoners.