This concept would see us reducing the rate at which water flows out of Marsh, Tagish and Bennett Lakes in the fall, so the water can be stored and used in the winter instead, when electrical demand is at the highest.
It would save Yukoners up to $2 million per year by displacing 2.1 million litres of diesel annually and would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5,000 tonnes a year.
No decision has been made to proceed with any changes to Southern Lakes water regulation. We are doing field studies and are working with area First Nations and all other interested groups and individuals to address questions and concerns and determine how best to proceed.
Note that Yukon Energy had looked at a second enhancement project in the Southern Lakes that involved putting a submerged weir on the Atlin River. A decision by B.C. to make the area a protected park has meant that the Atlin Concept is no longer an option for us.