We are very excited to hear the news that the Contagious Mountain Bike Club in Whitehorse has won the MEC Dirt Search Contest. We thought you'd like to read all about this from the club itself. Here what they wrote yesterday on their Facebook page:
WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What happens when you combine mountain bikers, a First Nation, dedicated youth trail builders, generous local businesses, a proud territory, and supporters from across North America? $12,000 and a surprise ending, apparently!!
Proving that we can achieve great things when we join together, the Yukon has won the western division of MEC's Dirt Search contest, receiving more votes than the serious southern heavyweights we were up against. It was a close finish, and we can assure you that EVERY last one of your votes really made this seemingly "impossible" goal possible!
As if the $10,000 MEC prize wasn't enough, our club received over 3 times the 2,000 votes it needed to realize the full $1 per vote (up to $2,000) pledge that Yukon Energy Corporation made early into the competition!
Thanks to all of you, youth trail builders will be out in full force this summer in Carcross. We are so excited for them and this amazing opportunity. Together we're going to do great things, Yukon.
Today's question: Are there cracks in the concrete of the Whitehorse dam?
Just to be clear, the actual dam in Whitehorse is not made of concrete; it is an earthen dam. What I think this person is referring to are the concrete spillgates adjacent to the dam.
I suspect this question comes because of this week's earthquake in the Destruction Bay area. The quake measured 4.8 on the Richter scale at the epicentre and 4.5 in Destruction Bay itself.
After any nearby earthquake we conduct a thorough inspection of our generating facilities. In this case we inspected both the Aishihik and Whitehorse facilities and did not find any cracks resulting from the earthquake.
Are you a Yukoner who generates some of your own power using wind, solar or other renewable sources? If so, you now have the ability to connect to the transmission grid. The Yukon government, in partnership with Yukon Energy and Yukon Electrical Company Limited, has launched its micro-generation program. If you have questions about the program please contact one of the people listed at the bottom of this news release.
Are you looking to get rid of your old fridge? Did you know there’s a program that will not only give you cash towards a new energy efficient refrigerator, but also take away your old one for free?
A few years ago, the Yukon government's Energy Solutions Centre (ESC), with a financial contribution from Yukon Energy, started a fridge retirement program as a pilot project. Over the last couple of years, 246 appliances were retired, resulting in almost 300,000 kWh in energy savings.
Because of its success, ESC and Yukon Energy have decided to continue this initiative. Here's how it works: contact the Energy Solutions Centre and let them know you have one or two old fridges that you'd like to get rid of. The appliances must be in current use and they must be five or more years old. ESC will arrange for up to two appliances to be picked up and taken to the landfill. They'll pay the landfill tipping fee and you'll receive $50 towards the cost of each new fridge that you purchase!
Most homeowners aren't aware that it can cost $100 or more per year to run an older fridge. This program doesn't just give financial incentives off the top, but it also provides ongoing energy bill savings, as the new energy efficient appliances require less electricity.
Call The Energy Solutions Centre at 393-7063 or toll free in Yukon at 1-800-661-0408 ext. 7063 to register for this program. You can visit their website to get further details.
There’s some good news regarding our quest for new sources of renewable energy. Yesterday, Yukon Energy and the Borough of Skagway renewed a Memorandum of Understanding that sees both parties continuing to work together on potential regional energy projects, including a 25-megawatt hydro dam at West Creek near Dyea.
There are a number of reasons why the West Creek initiative looks promising. In particular, there are synergies in terms of supply and demand that are appealing to both Yukon Energy and Skagway. The West Creek project would provide clean, quiet power to cruise ships docked at Skagway in the summertime. During the winters, when there are no cruise ships at Skagway and Yukon’s energy demand is at its highest, Yukon Energy could purchase the excess renewable power.
There’s another important benefit to West Creek being developed. If a transmission line were built between Skagway and Whitehorse, it would make other potential hydro projects located along the route more economically viable (right now possible projects such as Tutshi and Moon Lake would be expensive to develop because of the distance from transmission).
In a nutshell, the West Creek Hydro Project could go a long way to ensure energy security for both Skagway and Yukon.
Yukon Energy President David Morrison and Skagway mayor Mark Schaefer renew the MOU for the West Creek hydro project.
The Contagious Mountain Bike Club in Whitehorse and the Carcross Tagish First Nation are in the running in a national contest that could result in $10,000 of prize money for trail improvements at Montana Mountain in Carcross. But they need your support. And Yukon Energy is going to do what we can to help by topping up that amount.
Here's the deal: the outdoor retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is inviting people to vote for their favourite mountain biking area in Canada. MEC has handpicked the Contagious Mountain Bike Club as one of the contestants, given all the great work the club has done over the years to develop and maintain Yukon trails.
If they win, the Contagious Mountain Bike Club will use the money to sponsor a Carcross Tagish First Nation initiative called the Singletrack to Success Project. The initiative puts young Carcross-Tagish First Nation members to work developing trails on Montana Mountain.
But they are up against giants like Whistler, B.C. and Jasper, Alberta, and this contest is all based on most votes.
So this is where all of us come in. For every person who votes for the Contagious Mountain Bike Club, Yukon Energy will donate a dollar to the cause, up to a maximum of $2,000. We'll provide that money to the club whether they win the $10,000 or not. However we feel by all working together, Yukon can come out on top in this contest.
You can vote once a day between now and Feb. 25th, but you must be a Facebook member to vote.You can join the club's contest page or go straight to the voting page.
Photo credit: Derek Crowe
Did you know that as of Jan. 1st of this year, the federal government has banned the production of traditional incandescent light bulbs? While stores can no longer source the old bulbs, they can sell their existing stock and you can continue using them in your home or office until they burn out.
Lighting accounts for around 10 per cent of your home’s electricity use. That means making the switch to new, energy efficient light bulbs can make a big difference in your electricity bill.
You can now choose from a wide variety of efficient bulbs, including incandescent halogen,light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in various shapes, sizes, brightness and colour temperatures. With energy efficient bulbs as the new standard, consumers can expect to see more choices and lower prices over time.
Confused by the array of choices in the stores? Please contact us and we'll walk you through your options.
As a result of a series of energy audits that we did at our Yukon Energy facilities in 2012, we have haven taken significant steps to increase the energy efficiency of our buildings.
Over the last several months we have focussed on replacing our old lighting with new, much more efficient lighting. This work not only cut back on the electricity consumption in our facilities; it also allowed us to get a better understanding of what’s involved with carrying out lighting retrofits in commercial and industrial buildings. Yukon Energy and Yukon Electrical Company Limited plan to launch a large lighting program in Yukon very soon as part of our Electricity Conservation Plan (pending approval from our regulator the Yukon Utilities Board) and the more experience we have, the better our program delivery will be.
In terms of our own lighting, we replaced the outdoor lights on our main administration building, our electricians’ offices, and around our Whitehorse storage yard with LEDs. LEDs produce a much higher quality light than the old high pressure sodium and metal halide lights we removed, making it much easier to see at night. They’re also very effective in ice fog. LEDs come on instantly in the cold, they become more efficient the colder it gets, and they last as long as 20 years. The difference in energy usage between the old lights and the LEDs is significant. For instance some of the 400 watt yard lights were replaced with 150 watt LEDs. And as a bonus, those electricity savings coincide with our large system peaks that we see around the breakfast and dinner hours during the dark winter months.
We have also done some indoor lighting retrofits in our two Whitehorse hydro plants, our Whitehorse storage warehouse and the Dawson diesel plant. For the storage warehouse and the Dawson diesel plant we replaced the older style T12 fluorescent tubes with newer, more efficient T8 fluorescent lights. These new T8s have a much better lighting quality compared to the older T12s and
reduce the wattage of each tube from 40W to 32W. Considering our warehouse had 46 of these lights, the savings really add up!
The two Whitehorse hydro plants needed lights specially designed to provide enough light on the ground from high up in the ceiling. We replaced 250 watt mercury vapour lights and high pressure sodium lights with 162 watt T5 fluorescent tubes. T5s are very bright, making them ideal for high ceilings. They also have better quality light that does not dim significantly over their lifetime. The older lights we removed became darker and more yellow as they aged, meaning they needed to be replaced more often.
Our staff have commented on how much better the light quality is with these recent changes, so it seems to be a win for everyone.
If you have questions about our lighting retrofits, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange to meet with you or at least chat over the phone.
Looking for a challenge? Yukon Energy's president and CEO is retiring, so we are looking for someone to fill that position. You can find details here.
You may have noticed an ad in last Friday's papers seeking a President and Chief Executive Officer for Yukon Energy. David Morrison has announced he is retiring by the end of this year.
David has been President and CEO of Yukon Energy since 2003. Under his leadership Yukon Energy has, among other things, increased its renewable generating capacity by about 15 percent through the Mayo B and Aishihik 3 projects and completed the Mayo to Dawson and Carmacks to Stewart Crossing transmission lines (providing flexibility by allowing our system to be managed as one integrated grid).
We will miss him a great deal and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.
David loved the opportunities he's had over the years to talk to students about electricity. In this photo he is speaking to a grade 11 science class.