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.