Hydro plays a key role in the Yukon’s electricity mix. In 2018, we used water to generate almost 94 per cent of the electricity needed by Yukoners connected to the Yukon grid. Thermal fuel sources like liquefied natural gas (LNG) and diesel were used to generate the other 6 per cent of Yukoners’ needs. Running a hydro operation means being at the mercy of available water. We have three hydroelectric generation facilities in Whitehorse, Aishihik and Mayo. Over the past two winters, warm temperatures and dry conditions in much of the Yukon has resulted in lower than normal snow pack and water inflows at all three of our hydroelectric generation facilities. With less water available to generate electricity, we’ll need to use more LNG this spring and fall to meet electricity demand. We anticipate needing to generate an additional 50 to 100 GWh of electricity using LNG in 2019, depending on the amount of rain we get this year. The more rain we get, the less LNG we’ll need to use. How You Can Help – conserve electricity With every simple conservation choice we make, we reduce the need to use LNG and diesel to generate electricity and save more of Yukon’s resources for the future. Make simple choices – turn off the lights when you leave a room, take a five-minute shower instead of 10, use LEDs instead of incandescent lights. In addition to being good for the environment, these simple acts also save you money each month by lowering your power bill. Electricity conservation makes your life better — in real, everyday ways. Please see the document below for more information about snow pack and forecast inflow levels this year. For more energy conservation tips, visit https://www.inchargeyukon.ca/
Energy efficiency helps families save money, makes businesses more competitive and creates a cleaner environment for future generations. The Government of Canada is taking action by investing in technology that will make our electrical systems more efficient and prepare us for a clean energy future. Member of Parliament for Yukon, the Honourable Larry Bagnell, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, today announced a $650,000 investment for Yukon Energy Corporation to cut energy costs, reduce the use of fuel to generate electricity during high-demand peaks and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The Residential Demand Response Program will make the territory’s electrical grid more efficient by equipping up to 400 homes with smart devices. These devices will allow Yukon Energy to shift participating customers’ energy demand to off-peak hours and meet the Yukon’s growing energy capacity needs in a cost-effective and sustainable way while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This program is a joint collaboration between Yukon Energy Corporation, Yukon Development Corporation and ATCO Electric Yukon. Funding for this project is provided by Natural Resources Canada’s Smart Grid Program, which allows utilities to reduce pollution and optimize electricity use while encouraging innovation. The program is part of the Government of Canada’s more than $180-billion Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. Through Canada’s national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that reliable, affordable clean energy solutions are not a luxury but a necessity for Canada’s low-carbon future. We will continue to support clean energy initiatives that create jobs, support investment and industry competitiveness, advance our clean future and help realize our global climate change goals. Quotes “Affordable and clean energy technology is a must for Yukon’s future. Today’s investment in innovative technology will help families save money and will help move Yukoners down a positive environmental path, for many generations to come.” The Honourable Larry Bagnell Member of Parliament for Yukon “Reducing demand and increasing efficiency is key as we work to reduce Yukon’s carbon footprint. All Yukoners have a stake in the territory’s energy future, and this innovative program will empower individuals to be mindful about consumption while helping us move toward a more economically and environmentally sustainable future.” The Honourable Ranj Pillai Minister responsible for the Yukon Development Corporation Minister responsible for the Yukon Energy Corporation “The Residential Demand Response Program gives Yukoners the opportunity to directly influence and participate in Yukon’s energy future. As the demand for electricity continues to grow in the territory, so too does the need for a reliable mix of new generation sources and energy conservation programs. The Residential Demand Response Program is a critical piece of that mix.” Andrew Hall President and C.E.O Yukon Energy Corporation “ATCO Electric Yukon is a proud provider of reliable energy to the communities we both live in, and serve, in the North. Together with Yukon Development Corporation, Yukon Energy Corporation and Natural Resources Canada, we are committed to providing innovative solutions for northerners to effectively manage their electricity while lowering costs and protecting the environment.” Jay Massie Manager ATCO Electric Yukon Contacts Natural Resources Canada Media Relations 343-292-6100 NRCan.media_relations-media_relations.RNCan@canada.ca Vanessa Adams Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Natural Resources 343-543-7645 Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca Yukon Energy Manager, Communications 867-393-5333 Stephanie.Cunha@yec.yk.ca For a French copy of this announcement, please see the attached.
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