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 Supply, Partnerships
Jul 15, 2016  Comment

Preparing for Our Aishihik Water License Renewal

If you’ve spent time recently in the Aishihik Lake area, you may have noticed some people doing scientific research on or around the lake. Bird surveys have been taking place since April, and in late July/early August we will conduct our annual white fish studies. There’ll also be some data collected related to the river channel/banks of the Lower Aishihik River. These programs are being done in cooperation with the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, and in each case one or more CAFN citizens are involved in doing the work. This research and data collection is part of the information we need for the application to renew our Aishihik hydro facility water license. Our current license expires in 2019. The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) government and Yukon Energy are taking a new, more collaborative approach with regard to this water license renewal. We are working in partnership on proposed terms and conditions for a new license and have signed a protocol agreement for the co-management of the license renewal process. Together we have established a steering committee (one member each from CAFN and Yukon Energy) to oversee the work and provide high level guidance, and an advisory committee (of CAFN, Yukon Energy, various government departments and agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations) that makes recommendations on technical issues such as the process for collecting baseline information, lake operational alternatives, effects assessment, etc. CAFN citizens provide input to this group through a Champagne Aishihik Community Advisory Committee. Both CAFN and Yukon Energy recognize that the Aishihik hydro facility has had long term impacts on the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations people, and want to improve relationships by working together on issues related to the Aishihik reservoir/watershed. There will be opportunities for the general Yukon public to provide input into the license renewal as we move through this process. Watch here for information about upcoming public meetings and other ways you can have your say.

News, Energy Supply, Environment, Partnerships
Feb 15, 2016  Comment

Updating our Biogas Work

In 2014 and 2015, Yukon Energy partnered with the Cold Climate Innovation Centre and the City of Whitehorse to carry out a research project that was the first of its kind in Yukon. We wanted to learn if it is viable to turn food and yard waste at the Whitehorse landfill into renewable energy for electricity and heat, while maintaining good quality compost. After two years of research, we have gained some valuable information. The good news is this data could be very useful to the City of Whitehorse as it works towards of goal of zero waste by 2040. There is potential for a small biogas project to speed up the compost process, freeing up space at the city’s composting facility which could be a cost savings down the road. The not-so-good news is that using biogas to generate electricity is not economic for Yukon Energy without significant capital subsidy. Without subsidies, the electricity costs would be in the neighbourhood of 63 cents per kilowatt hour, compared with 14 cents for hydro, 28 cents for diesel, and 18 cents for natural gas. Simply put, there just is not enough waste to get the economies of scale we need to make this affordable for our customers. In addition to just looking at supplying electricity, we considered the possibility of heating buildings with biogas, including the option of heating a greenhouse that could be built near the landfill to supply Yukoners with locally grown food. Again, the economics simply are not there. The greenhouse would require most of its heat in the winter, which is when there would be the least amount of biogas-generated heat available. As well, in order for the greenhouse to pay for itself, we would need to supply the heat for free, which would make the biogas project uneconomic. While this is not a viable option for Yukon Energy, we are happy to provide our research to other Yukoners who might be interested in pursuing this further. Here is the final report.

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. 

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.