This is my last week at Yukon Energy. After being in the workforce for 40 years, it is time to move on to the next chapter of my life. I have enjoyed receiving your questions and researching the answers. I have tried my best to de-mystify some of the actions we take and the decisions we make here at Yukon Energy. When it comes to the utility business, there are rarely simple answers. Yukon Energy is in the process of hiring someone for my position. We hope to have that person in place within the next month. I am sure they will be happy to answer your questions once they have had a few days to settle into the job. In the meantime, if there is something urgent that you need help with, please call (867) 393-5337. Thank you all. Janet
You may have read an editorial in yesterday’s Yukon News that talked about a recent ruling by our regulator, the Yukon Utilities Board (YUB), in connection with our 2017/18 General Rate Application. The board has told us that it believes governments, and not utilities, should carry out energy conservation and efficiency programs, otherwise known as Demand Side Management (DSM). We continue to believe that DSM is a cost effective means to address Yukon’s future energy and capacity needs. In addition, in the survey that we completed as part of the 2016 Resource Plan we heard clearly from Yukoners that they support us pursuing energy conservation/efficiency programs. The 2017/18 proceeding is not yet complete. We are preparing a response to the YUB which we will submit by the end of next month. We are exploring options to continue with a more focused DSM program that may address the utility board’s concerns. However, at this time we do not know how the YUB will respond and what the final decision will be.