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Northern Climate ExChange partners with Yukon Energy and federal government on hydrosecurity project
September 17, 2013

Capstone Mining Corp. and Yukon Energy Partner on Energy Audit
July 5, 2013

Yukon Energy Seeks Input on 20-Year Resource Plan
July 25, 2012

Group to Look at Biomass Plant for Haines Junction
July 16, 2012

Yukon Energy Seeks First Retail Rate Increase in 13 Years
April 30, 2012

Report Identifies Major Electricity Savings Through Conservation and Efficiencies
April 17, 2012

Yukon Government, City of Whitehorse and Yukon Energy Explore District Energy Opportunities
November 3, 2011

CanNor Invests in Alternative Energy Research for Yukon
October 17, 2011

Yukon Energy; Alexco Resource Corp. Partner on Energy Audit
September 6, 2011

Yukon Energy Temporarily Resumes Secondary Sales Program
August 25, 2011

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A couple of years ago, a group made up of Yukon Energy, the City of Whitehorse, Yukon Cold Climate Innovation Centre, Energy Solutions Centre, and the Yukon government hired a consulting firm to look into the idea of a community energy system for Whitehorse. The purpose of the study was to examine whether such a system is economically and technically feasible in the city.

A community energy system typically delivers heat to a number of buildings via a network of underground pipes from a central source. Benefits could include:

  • Allowing Yukon businesses, government buildings and Yukoners access to alternative heat energy options in their homes;
     
  • Potential development of a biomass fuel industry in Yukon (energy related employment, enhanced local/regional energy economy, greater energy security and improved local control);
     
  • Meeting the City of Whitehorse’s Sustainability and Official Community Plan objectives and meeting some of the Yukon government’s Energy Strategy goals and certain Climate Change Action Plan objectives; and
     
  • Lowered pollution from individual fuel oil boilers by connecting to a centralized system.

The study looked at a number of potential customers and examined 11 different building scenarios. The researchers found that the best option was one that involved connecting 43 buildings along Lewes Boulevard, Hospital Road, and the Whitehorse downtown core.

It evaluated several different sources of heat, including biomass heat (wood chips), biomass heat with pellets, biomass cogeneration (heat and electricity) with chips or pellets, liquefied natural gas heat or cogeneration, a base case of fuel oil to produce heat and electricity, and using heat recovery from the existing engines. The study concluded that the best options  in terms of economics were using 1) biomass combined with an Organic Rankine Cycle (a method of converting hot air into electricity); and 2) engine cogeneration (both heat energy and electricity) using liquefied natural gas. These options could be changed however depending a number of factors, including the priorities of the organization taking the lead on a community energy system project.

No decisions have been made at this point on whether to proceed with this as a project.

The report can be found at the bottom of this page.

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