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Janet Patterson
Manager, Communications
Yukon Energy Corporation
Phone: (867) 393-5333
Email: janet.patterson@yec.yk.ca

News, Media Releases, Energy Supply, Environment, Partnerships
Jul 24, 2017  Comment

Yukon Energy, Northern Climate ExChange and INRS partner to study Mayo and Aishihik rivers

Yukon Energy Corporation (YEC), the Northern Climate ExChange (NCE) at Yukon College and the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), a graduate school of the University of Quebec’s network, are partnering to study climate change impacts on the Mayo and Aishihik rivers in Yukon. This three-year research project combines two grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) with funding from Yukon Energy. The total value of the project is close to $1-million with close to half of that in cash and in-kind support coming from the energy corporation. The research team will look at how long-term changes in temperature, snow, rain and permafrost may impact each river in the decades to come. This project will allow Yukon Energy to better manage water in each hydroelectric reservoir in the short term while planning for the effects of climate change over time. The research team will also develop a range of tools to allow Yukon Energy to forecast inflow in the Mayo and Aishihik hydroelectric power plants on timescales ranging from weeks to months. “This research is critical to us in terms of helping us plan for climate change and the implications on our ability to generate hydro power,” Yukon Energy president Andrew Hall said. “Because the Aishihik and Mayo facilities are key assets for us, we must be ready for any future changes in the watersheds that feed them.” “NSERC is proud to support applied research and development in high priority areas such as the environment and climate change,” said Bert van den Berg, Acting Vice-President, Research Partnerships, NSERC. “Connecting industry with applied research expertise at Canadian colleges will result in innovative technologies to help protect our environment and improve the quality of life for Canadians”. For INRS, this project represents an opportunity to expand their research expertise into a new region where they have not previously conducted hydrologic modelling, and with new academic and private sector partners. INRS personnel will conduct research in northern hydrology and build the professional and technological capacities that will help Yukon Energy address climate change challenges. As well, INRS will train YEC professionals on the operation of an inflow forecasting system. “Climate change is already impacting Yukon rivers and lakes in ways we don’t fully understand. We’re excited to continue our work with Yukon Energy and other partners to provide tools and information and help plan for these impacts,” said Brian Horton, project coordinator, Northern Climate ExChange at Yukon College. As the project will study rivers within the traditional territories of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) and First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun (NND), Yukon Energy and the Northern Climate ExChange are working with each First Nation to determine best locations for the data collection stations. Local First Nations citizens will be invited to work as field assistance, and all data gathered through this project with be shared with the First Nations. Project researchers are heading into the field this summer to install automatic weather stations in the Mayo and Aishihik river regions. Project teams will also engage local schoolchildren in the project with presentations and interactive experiments in the fall term. This project follows from a similar three-year study of the Yukon River recently completed by NCE, Yukon Energy, Yukon Geological Survey, and other collaborators. Based on results from that project researchers estimate that over the next 30 years, Yukon River flows will increase in fall, winter, and spring months, but that the timing and volume of summer peak flows will remain relatively unchanged. Monitoring of the weather near Llewellyn Glacier is ongoing and NCE researchers have trained YEC staff in the use of the project software to ensure the models are updated with contemporary data. For more information visit: yukoncollege.yk.ca/research/hydrology About INRS : http://www.inrs.ca/english/about-us/overview-inrs For more information, contact: Michael Vernon Yukon College - Communications 867.668.8786 867.332.4722 mvernon@yukoncollege.yk.ca Janet Patterson Yukon Energy - Manager, Communications 867.393.5333 867.335.1519 janet.patterson@yec.yk.ca

News, Media Releases
Feb 08, 2017  1

Yukon Energy Achieves Sustainable Electricity Company™ Designation: A First for Northern Canada

The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) announced today that Yukon Energy Corporation has achieved the Sustainable Electricity Company™ designation for its commitment to sustainable business practices. Yukon Energy is only the fifth company to earn this designation and the first in northern Canada. “This designation is a testament to Yukon Energy’s commitment to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable business practices,” said the Honourable Sergio Marchi, President and CEO of CEA. “A commitment that will ensure lasting benefits for their company, their customers, and to the communities in which they operate. I applaud Yukon Energy’s management team and staff on this outstanding achievement.” The Sustainable Electricity Company™ designation was established by CEA for utilities across Canada. It recognizes sustainability efforts and acknowledges success against the three foundational pillars of sustainability – environmental, social and economic performance. This designation requires utilities to confirm to ISO 14001 standard on Environmental Management Systems and ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility. In addition, companies must pass an independent external verification. “It’s an honour to receive this designation from the Canadian Electricity Association,” Yukon Energy President and CEO Andrew Hall said. “It recognizes the excellent job our employees do in delivering electricity in a sustainable and socially responsible manner.” Distinct from the Sustainable Electricity Company™ designation, CEA and its Corporate Utility Members also demonstrate their commitment to sustainability through mandatory participation in CEA’s Sustainable Electricity program. The program takes a holistic approach to addressing sustainability issues, including environmental, societal, and economic challenges and opportunities. Please visit the CEA website for more information on achieving Sustainable Electricity Company™ designation or on CEA’s mandatory Sustainable Electricity program. About the Canadian Electricity Association Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) members generate, transmit and distribute electrical energy to industrial, commercial, residential and institutional customers across Canada every day. From vertically integrated electric utilities, independent power producers, transmission and distribution companies, to power marketers, to the manufacturers and suppliers of materials, technology and services that keep the industry running smoothly -- all are represented by this national industry association. Twitter  LinkedIn  Facebook  Blog About the Sustainable Electricity Company™ Designation The Canadian Electricity Association recognizes that sustainable development is a must in the 21st century. The Sustainable Electricity Company™ brand is a designation based primarily on the ISO 26000 standard – Guidance on Social Responsibility. The CEA does not certify companies for ISO 26000, but companies that wish to use the Sustainable Electricity Company™ brand must commit to core subjects, issues and related actions and expectations contained in the standard that are deemed applicable and significant to the company and its stakeholders. Website About Sustainable Electricity Sustainable Electricity is an industry-wide sustainability initiative developed and implemented by the electric utility members of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). By focusing on a three-pronged vision of sustainability – environment, society and the economy – the electricity industry takes a holistic approach to managing its impacts and securing its collective future. Website About Yukon Energy Corporation Established in 1987, Yukon Energy is a publicly owned electrical utility that operates as a business, at arms length from the Yukon government. We are the main generator and transmitter of electrical energy in Yukon and we work with our parent company Yukon Development Corporation to provide Yukoners with a sufficient supply of safe, reliable electricity and related energy services. Website LinkedIn  Facebook  Twitter For additional information: Samara Wiseman Manager, Public Affairs Canadian Electricity Association Tel.: 613 688 2954 Cell: 613 355 4022 wiseman@electricity.ca Janet Patterson Manager, Communications Yukon Energy Tel.: 867 393 5333 Cell: 867 335 1519 janet.patterson@yec.yk.ca

Media Releases
Sep 19, 2016  Comment

Northern Energy Chair to support Canada’s North

Yukon College has been awarded an Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Northern Energy Innovationfrom the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). This position is supported by electricity companies in all three Canadian territories to solve challenges faced by the northern energy industry. The Northern Energy Innovation Chair, Dr. Michael Ross will work closely with a pan-territorial consortium comprised of ATCO Electric, Northwest Territories Power Corporation, Qulliq Energy Corporation Nunavut, and Yukon Energy Corporation. These companies have matched NSERC’s one million dollar contribution by each committing $50,000 per year over the next five years. “This prestigious award will support Yukon Research Centre in doing what we do best: solving northern problems with northern expertise through partnership,” said Janet Moodie, Interim President and Vice Chancellor, Yukon College. “The Chair’s research will serve Canada’s North by addressing northern energy challenges while sharing these results publicly and transferring this knowledge to industrial partners, Canada’s territorial colleges, and the scientific community at large.” Dr. Ross and the Consortium aim to achieve the highest level of efficiency, reliability, cost reduction, and enhanced environmental stewardship standards in the northern energy industry through applied research and innovation. “Utilities in the North face some common challenges, including isolated grids, reliance on diesel, and aging infrastructure,” Consortium Chair and President of Yukon Energy, Andrew Hall, said. “The Consortium believes that we can address these challenges most efficiently by combining our efforts through the creation of this Chair position.” Dr. Ross will focus his research projects on the following areas as identified by the Consortium: integration of renewable energy into isolated community grids, energy storage, diesel efficiencies, independent energy valuation, residential and utility partnership, and demand side management. Over the coming months, Dr. Ross will work closely with the consortium to identify specific research projects that will be developed and implemented throughout all three territories over the next five years. The Chair in Northern Energy Innovation is Yukon College’s second NSERC Industrial Research Chair. In 2013 Dr. Amelie Janin was hired as Yukon College’s Industrial Research Chair in Mine Life Cycle. Janin is entering her fourth year of the five year program. The Yukon Research Centre is funded by Government of Yukon’s Department of Education with funding for Cold Climate Innovation from Economic Development.

Media Releases
Jan 04, 2016  Comment

Yukon Energy Begins the Switch to LED Streetlights Throughout its Service Area

Yukon Energy is replacing all of its existing streetlights with energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights. The energy corporation will begin changing out the streetlights in Dawson City within the next few weeks. Later in the year it will install LED streetlights in the rest of Yukon Energy’s 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,” Yukon Energy President Andrew Hall said. “Energy efficiency and conservation are key pillars in Yukon Energy’s operation,” Hall added. “A megawatt saved through initiatives like this is a megawatt we don’t have to build.” 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. “As an emissions-cutting and money saving technology, LED street lighting is a no-brainer,” Dawson City’s Protective Services Manager Jim Regimbal said, who has been working with Yukon Energy in moving this project forward. “Switching to LEDs is not only beneficial in terms of savings and emissions, the light quality improvements result in better visibility and reductions in road accidents. Energy savings and a safer community – now that’s a win all around,” Regimbal added. 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. LED lights also produce much lower levels of light pollution. The cost of switching out the Dawson streetlights will be about $50,000. 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. Yukon’s electricity conservation and efficiency program inCharge is currently offering $7 rebates on each package of ENERGY STAR® LED lights. Learn more about this program by visiting www.inchargeyukon.ca. -30- Contact: Janet Patterson Communications, Yukon Energy Corporation (867) 393-5333 janet.patterson@yec.yk.ca

Media Releases
Oct 06, 2015  Comment

Yukon Energy Begins Works With Yukoners to Plan Next 20 Years

Yukon Energy is looking to Yukoners to help chart the course of the territory’s short to medium-term electricity future. The energy corporation is starting the process of updating its resource plan, which will cover the years 2016 to 2035.  “Planning for Yukoners’ power needs takes careful thought and research, and a balancing of values,” Yukon Energy President Andrew Hall said. “It requires input from all Yukoners since we all have a stake in the territory’s electricity future.” Over the next 12 to 15 months, Yukon Energy will be involved in a public process that will allow the corporation 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. “Yukoners can make their voices heard at every step in the planning process,” Hall said. “It is important that we understand people’s values, so they can be reflected in the resource plan.” Yukoners can provide input through public meetings, a comprehensive values-based survey and a new interactive website, among other things. Yukon Energy hopes 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, and we will work with them on all those levels,” Hall said. Yukon Energy expects to have a resource plan to submit to the Yukon Utilities Board early in 2017. Contact: Janet Patterson                                                                        Manager, Communications Yukon Energy Corporation (867) 393-5333                                                                       janet.patterson@yec.yk.ca

Media Releases
Jul 08, 2015  Comment

Yukon Energy’s Natural Gas Facility Complete and In Service

Yukon Energy’s new natural gas facility is now operational. The final regulatory approvals came last week, when the Corporation received two key operating permits: an Approval to Operate from the Yukon government’s Oil and Gas Branch and an Energy Operating Certificate from the Minister of Justice.   “We are pleased that the facility was successfully designed, constructed and commissioned.” Yukon Energy president Andrew Hall said. “Having this new plant operational means that we can provide safe, reliable back-up power to Yukoners that is less expensive and cleaner than diesel.” The two natural gas generators replace two Whitehorse diesel units that have reached end of life. “Yukon Energy will continue to generate the vast majority of our power from renewable sources,” Hall added. “Like our diesel units, the natural gas facility will only be used for emergency back-up or for peaking power in the cold winter months.” Last year, Yukon Energy produced 99.6 percent of its power from hydro and wind. The Corporation is planning a public tour of the new plant on the afternoon of July 23rd. “This will give Yukoners an opportunity to see the numerous safety features built into the system,” Hall said. “We would not have gone ahead with this project if we were not totally confident in the safety of LNG and of this facility.” Interested members of the public are asked to contact Yukon Energy to pre-register for the tour. Space is limited. Yukon Energy would like to thank all its staff and contractors who worked on this project. About $9-million worth of the contracts for the initiative went to Yukon companies. Contact: Janet Patterson                                                              Manager, Communications Yukon Energy Corporation (867) 393-5333                                                             janet.patterson@yec.yk.ca

Media Releases
Mar 11, 2015  Comment

Whitehorse General Hospital Re-joins Secondary Sales Program; Provides Win for Yukon as a Whole

The Yukon Hospital Corporation (YHC), Yukon Energy, and the territory as a whole are all benefitting from a program that makes use of surplus renewable electricity. Whitehorse General Hospital recently re-joined the Secondary Sales Program after a hiatus of a few years. The program gives eligible Yukon businesses the option of using renewable power to heat their facilities instead of more expensive, GHG producing fossil fuels. It is priced at a discount to heating oil, saving participating companies about 30 percent on their heating bills. It provides Yukon Energy with a revenue stream that helps keep rates affordable for other electric customers, and it lowers Yukon's greenhouse gas emissions. Whitehorse General Hospital used the secondary sales program from 2003 to 2010, but that tapered off with the limited availability of surplus renewable energy. Now that it has re-joined the program, the hospital estimates heating costs could be reduced by $100,000 this year alone. “Our heating system provides steam and hot water that support many of the hospital’s vital needs, including space heating and a variety of processes such as laundry and instrument sterilization,” Yukon Hospital Corporation’s CEO Jason Bilsky said. “Using renewable energy whenever possible makes sense as it not only reduces our environmental footprint and significantly cuts costs, but it also directly supports our role in ensuring quality health care for Yukoners.” To qualify for the program, businesses must have or install a second electrically fired heating system, and acknowledge that the secondary power is interruptible during times when renewable electricity is not available. A key component is that the company be connected via computer to Yukon Energy’s system control centre, so that the business can be automatically turned on and off based on the availability of surplus renewable power. “Yukon Energy’s sales have dropped in the last two years, in large part because of warmer temperatures,” Yukon Energy president Andrew Hall said. “This program gives us the opportunity to make up some of that lost revenue, so we can keep rates affordable for other ‘firm’ electricity customers.” “The secondary sales initiative also provides opportunities to reduce fossil fuel use in the territory. In this regard, it’s a win for the entire Yukon,” Hall added. There is currently one other automated secondary sales customer – the Canada Games Centre. In 2014, the Centre has been able to access secondary sales approximately 97 percent of the time, saving Whitehorse taxpayers close to $100,000 in heating costs. Yukon Energy hopes to add one or two more automated secondary sales customers in the coming months. -30- Contact:   Janet Patterson                                                              James Low Manager, Communications                                            Manager, Communications Yukon Energy Corporation                                            Yukon Hospital Corporation (867) 393-5333                                                             (867) 393-8698 janet.patterson@yec.yk.ca                                             james.low@wgh.yk.ca