Yukon set a new record for electricity demand yesterday. The new record of 104.42 megawatts was recorded at 7:51 a.m. on Thursday, December 16, 2021. The new peak is about half a megawatt higher than the previous record of 103.84 megawatts recorded on January 14, 2020. On average, more than 90% of the electricity generated in Yukon comes from renewable resources each year. However, during periods of high electricity use each winter, Yukon Energy must use its hydro, liquefied natural gas, and diesel resources (both rental and permanent) to generate the electricity Yukoners need. Typically, the greater the peak demand for power, the more diesel is needed to generate electricity. Yukoners can help beat winter peaks and reduce the amount of diesel used to generate electricity during them by reducing the amount of power they use during periods of high electricity demand – typically between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., each day, Monday to Friday. Some easy ways Yukoners can use less electricity during winter peaks include: Using a block heater timer on vehicles Delaying the use of major appliances like the dishwasher and dryer to off-peak times Turning down the thermostat by 1 to 2 degrees -30- Media contact: Megan Yakiwchuk Corporate Secretary 867-393-5337. email@example.com
1:30 p.M UPDATE: Power has been restored to all customers affected by today's outage. Thank you to all Yukon Energy and ATCO Electric Yukon crews that worked to get the power back on. 1:25 p.m. UPDATE: Power has been restored to all areas affected by today's outage except Porter Creek, Tagish and Carcross. We continue to work with ATCO Electric Yukon to restore power to these communities as quickly & safely as possible. 1:15 p.m. update: Yukon Energy and ATCO Electric Yukon crews are onsite working to restore power to all areas affected by today's outage. At this time, crews expect all power to be restored around 2:30 this afternoon. 12:30 p.m.: We're working with ATCO Electric Yukon to restore power to customers in parts of Whitehorse, communities south of Whitehorse and Mayo as quickly and safely as we can right now. At this time, the outage appears to be caused by a trip on the transmission line between Aishihik and Whitehorse. When this happens, we lose access to the power being generated at our Aishihik power plant.