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December 22 - Dawson City Outage

update: 7:25 aM, December 23 Power has been restored to the remainder of customers affected by last night's power outage. Thanks to everyone for their kindness and understanding last night and this morning. UPDATE: 4:15 AM, December 23 Power has been restored to about 95% of customers affected by tonight’s outage. Our additional support team from Mayo will be working on the last area - Front Street between King and Princess next. ETA is still about 8 am. At this time, we’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding tonight, and our crews for their ongoing efforts. We’d also like to thank Fire Chief Masserey, Mayor Kendrick and EMO for helping us share updates with the community; the teams at the Dawson City Arena and Robert Service School who opened their doors to provide warming stations last night; to the RCMP and staff at Tr'ondek Hwech'in and the City of Dawson who provided free rides for people to get to the arena or school; and all the other people and businesses who stepped in to provide updates and warm places for people to go. Dawson is a true community and we are happy to be a part of it. UPDATE: 4 AM, December 23 Power has been restored to 80% of customers. Additional support from Mayo is also on its way to help. The area between York and Judge and Front to 3rd is being worked on now. ETA for that area - about 60 minutes. ETA for Albert Street - about 530 am ETA for customers along Front Street between King and Princess - around 8 am We thank everyone for their patience. We know this has been a long process and that it’s really cold outside. We just don’t want to risk another large-scale outage by turning things on too quickly. UPDATE: 2 AM, December 23 Power has been restored to about 60% of homes affected by tonight’s outage. Crews continue to work on restoring power to homes and businesses between King and Albert Street, and along Front Street. They are hoping to have power restored within an hour. If you have power, please unplug all non-essential appliances and unplug vehicles. This will help in our restoration efforts UPDATE: 1 AM, December 23 We are working hard to restore power to all Dawson residents but are aware some people have lost power again. If possible, please reduce your electricity use so we can get everyone back on the grid as quickly as possible. UPDATE: 12 AM, December 23 To all Dawson residents with electricity, please reduce your electricity consumption by turning off any unnecessary lights and unplugging any non-essential electronics. This will help to speed up restoration. Thank you! UPDATE: 10:35 PM, December 22 Repairs are complete and we have begun the restoration process, however we will be restoring power in small sections due to the cold temperatures. Thank you again for your patience, we know it is cold and our team is working as quickly as it can! ORIGINAL POST: 7:45 PM, December 22 We are currently experiencing a power outage that is affecting some customers in Dawson City. As of 7:45pm, power may be out for another 3 hours. If you or someone you know needs a warm place to go, the Dawson City arena is currently open, and the Robert Service School should be open shortly. Thank you for your patience as our crews work to restore power as quickly as they can.

Oct 31  Comment

Guy Morgan is retiring after a lifetime with Yukon Energy Corporation

Guy Morgan, Vice President of Operations, is retiring after a lifetime with Yukon Energy Corporation. His qualifications did not come the academic school way but the Old School way — literally from the ground up. They had a humble origin with Yukon Electrical Company in 1984.  “I was an 18-year-old student looking for a summer job. When they first saw me, the foreman said ‘Oh, a big one, come with me, genius.’ He put a shovel in my hand and threw me into the back of a truck.” He stayed on for a couple of years, working on a line crew. He left to attend college in Victoria to begin an electrical apprenticeship program. Those studies were interrupted by a job with Yukon Energy Corporation.  “That summer, I was cutting lawns, mopping floors and pulling trash out of the trash racks. By fall, I was working as a diesel operator. I put the electrician plans on hold again when I moved into the Control Centre. A few years later, I was a low-level supervisor.”  Along the way, Guy received a well-rounded education on how Yukon Energy generates and distributes electricity. “I learned that power doesn’t just come out of a hole in the wall without a lot of infrastructure and a whole group of really dedicated people working as a team to put it there.” Guy’s career was on a steady upward trajectory, as he progressed to overall supervisor for the Control Centre, Manager of the Mechanical group, to co-Director, to Director and finally VP.  “And that’s how I spent 35 years.” He’s seen a lot of changes in that time, including the integration of the Mayo and Whitehorse grids and the focus on reducing diesel generation and prioritizing renewable energy. Some of the biggest operational changes came from technology, equipment, and automation. “I’ve toured other control centres and can say that we are equal to or a bit more advanced than most. One of the reasons for that is we’re a huge geographic area with only 100 or so employees. We automate as much as possible, so we don’t have to physically send people all over to check or adjust things.” One of his proudest achievements was the response to the fire in 1997 that took out the Control Centre. “The building was destroyed, but we moved the control Centre into a truck, then into a bathroom then a trailer. We survived without a single outage. That’s down to our quick-thinking team who managed everything manually when the computer went down. We do good damage control here and have good processes and systems in place.” It’s that team and the teamwork itself that he’s most sorry to leave. “Not gonna lie, I’ll miss the people — I can’t say enough about the quality of the staff here. I don’t buy into that whole younger generation negativity either. We’ve got a lot of younger staff and I see a group of very curious, skilled, and dedicated people. We’re much like a family here and we want to see our people grow, progress, take responsibility. It doesn’t take much to say ‘you did good’ and pass on new opportunities to them.”  That pretty much encapsulates the advice he’d give to anyone following in his footsteps: “Delegate. Give people the ability to make decisions and let them grow. Work yourself out of a job.” Reflecting on what he might have done differently, he says he “probably would’ve got that trades ticket, just to say I did it. But seriously, it all kind of worked out in the end for me. No regrets, good friends. Now I need to get out of the way for new guys.” What about his plans for retirement?   “I’m going to Aruba for a month with my wife, and we’ll figure it out from there. Maybe they’ve got a small, isolated grid that needs help…”  

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