Yukon Energy has launched its latest demand-side management program, Peak Smart Home. Born out of a two-year residential pilot program delivered by Yukon Energy, ATCO Electric Yukon, Yukon Development Corporation, and Natural Resources Canada, Peak Smart Home will help shift electricity usage away from periods of peak demand. In doing so, the program will help to reduce the use of diesel in the winter. Funded in part by the Government of Yukon, Peak Smart Home offers Yukoners free thermostats and/or hot water tank controllers. Once installed, Yukon Energy will make subtle changes to the temperature of Yukoners homes or hot water tanks during periods of peak electricity demand. This means pre-heating homes before a spike in electricity use is expected, and then reducing the temperature by a few degrees during hours of peak electricity demand. Yukoners will always have control of the devices installed through the Peak Smart Home program and can choose to override or change the settings of their devices at any time. This program is only available to Yukoners who live in communities connected to the Yukon’s main electricity grid. For additional eligibility criteria, more information and to sign up, Yukoners can visit this page. Quotes “As an isolated grid, we only have ourselves to rely on to generate the electricity we need to meet winter peaks. One way we can each contribute to reducing these winter peaks is through programs like Peak Smart. The interest in our pilot program showed that Yukoners are keen to be a part of solutions to help reduce the use of diesel. Peak Smart Home is a great opportunity for Yukoners to play a role in their energy future and to contribute to a more sustainable Yukon.” - Michael Muller, Vice President of Planning, Environment, Health and Safety -30- Media Contact: Lisa Wiklund Manager, Communications Yukon Energy 867-393-5398 email@example.com
As temperatures start to drop, we’re working hard to complete maintenance on our Whitehorse Rapids Generation Station before water starts to freeze. In the next week, we need to remove the structure that prevents fish swimming upstream from entering our Whitehorse #4 hydro unit. This piece of equipment is put in place every spring and removed in the fall. Taking it out before water starts to freeze is critical to preventing the build-up of ice on the structure and major damage to the hydro unit itself. To do this work safely, we need to reduce the flow of water passing through our hydro units to remove pressure on the structure. Given how wet it was in September, water levels in the Southern Lakes are higher than typical for this time of year and water is flowing fast. This work will be done within the terms of our water licence and with safety and the environment top of mind. We’ve already started to draw more water out of Marsh Lake by opening the gates at the Lewes River Control Structure and lowering Schwatka Lake. Next, when Marsh Lake levels have dropped low enough, we’ll gradually reduce the flow of water downstream of the dam to complete the maintenance. Once the work is done, we’ll gradually increase flows again to the levels needed to maximize the amount of renewable electricity we can generate this winter. All this to say, there will be some noticeable water level changes to Marsh Lake, Schwatka Lake and the Yukon River downstream of our Whitehorse facility over the next week. Know that this is critical planned work and that safety and the environment are being kept top of mind.