News & Events

Check this section for Yukon Energy's latest news and coming events.

If you have questions about any of the information posted here, please contact:

Stephanie Cunha
Manager, Communications
Yukon Energy Corporation
Phone: (867) 393-5333
Email: Stephanie.Cunha@yec.yk.ca

Nov 23, 2020  Comment

A rate increase with little impact on Yukoners’ bills

Yukon Energy Corporation is taking an innovative approach to its proposed 2021 rate increase. If supported by the Yukon Utilities Board (YUB), the rate increase could end up increasing the average Yukon residential bill by about 70 cents a month — or less than the cost of a cup of coffee. “As a regulated utility, Yukoners pay what Yukon Energy pays to plan, build, operate and maintain Yukon’s power generation and transmission assets,” said Yukon Energy President and CEO Andrew Hall. “When significant investments are needed to meet growing demands for power, electricity rates must go up to help pay for those investments.” The corporation’s General Rate Application (GRA) outlines over $55 million in investments the Corporation expects to make between 2019 and 2021. It asks for an 11.5% rate increase in 2021. This equates to 3.8% a year between 2019 and 2021. The application also outlines a way the rate increase can be implemented so that the impact on Yukoners’ monthly bills is closer to 0%. “What we’re proposing is a “nearly 0” rate increase,” said Hall. “It’s a way for us to make the investments we need to replace aging assets and meet growing demands for electricity, while providing some bill stability for Yukoners, especially those on a fixed income.” “Our Board of Directors recognizes that paying more for electricity can be hard from some Yukoners, especially during the COVID pandemic. That’s why we’ve worked hard to find a way for the rate increase to have little impact on electricity bills.” The increase comes as Yukon Energy is faced with two major challenges. First, peak demands for electricity continues to grow. Between 2018 and 2020, peak demands for electricity increased by 17%. Yukon Energy expects peak demand to rise by another 40% by 2030. Second, Yukon’s electrical system is aging and requires repairs, upgrades and replacement. Supporting future growth will require refurbished infrastructure and investments in new renewable and reliability projects. With its legacy assets, the company finds itself in circumstances similar to that of homeowners. As their families grow, their original home may require an addition. And as the house itself ages, it requires major repairs like a new roof or furnace. “Our house is over 60 years old,” said Hall, “and it needs significant work, and an addition or two.” Yukon Energy’s proposal, subject to support from YUB, is to phase in the proposed 2021 rate increase when two other charges currently on electricity bills are planned for removal next year. If all goes according to plan, the first phase will be in July and the second in December of 2021. “Our ultimate aim is to make the investments needed to support future growth with renewable and reliable sources of electricity, while minimizing the impact to Yukoners’ monthly electricity bills.” Yukon Energy submitted its rate increase proposal to the Yukon Utilities Board on November 20, 2020. Yukoners may view Yukon Energy’s rate application, and register as an intervenor or interested party at yukonutilitiesboard.yk.ca. A public information session about this rate application is being planned for early 2021. Yukoners can visit https://yukonenergy.ca/customer-service/rates/2021-rate-application/ or follow Yukon Energy on Facebook or Twitter for more details. -30- Media Contact: Stephanie Cunha Manager, Communications 867-393-5333 stephanie.cunha@yec.yk.ca

Power Outage Updates, Reliability, Safety
Oct 26, 2020  Comment

Strong Winds Causing Power Outages Across Yukon - October 26, 2020

Strong winds across Yukon are causing power outages in communities across the territory. Always assumed downed power lines are energized. If you see a downed or low-hanging power line, stay at least 10 meters back. UPDATE (3 p.m. Oct 27) Power was restored to all remaining areas affecting by yesterday's power outage at 2:40 p.m. this afternoon. Thank you for everyone's patience and support as we worked to restore power yesterday and today. With snow on the ground now and cooler temperatures on the horizon, yesterday’s wind storm is a great reminder that severe weather can cause prolonged power outages sometimes. Take some time over the next couple of weeks to build your 72-hour emergency kit. Make sure it has everything you need to take care of you and your family for 3 days. Visit the Government of Canada's website for ideas about what to include in your kit https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/yprprdnssgd/index-en.aspx UPDATE (2 P.m. oct 27): Power was restored to the remainder of customers in South Fox shortly after 1:30 this afternoon. We've also been able to energize the transmission line between Whitehorse and Carmacks. The transmission line between Carmacks and Faro will be energized in the next couple of hours after we complete some system checks at the Carmacks substation. We're sorry for the delay and thank everyone for your patience and understanding as we work to get everyone back on. UPDATE (11 a.m. Oct 27): Power was restored to customers in Mendenhall at 9:30 this morning. Crews continue to remove trees like this from the transmission line between Whitehorse and Faro. At this time, crews are optimistic that power can be restored to customers in Drury Creek, Little Fox, Little Salmon and McGundy Creek between noon and 1 p.m. today. More updates to follow as they become available. Update (6 A.M. OCT 27): Yukon Energy crews were able to restore power to an additional 30 customers in Braeburn and South Fox before midnight last night by installing a mobile diesel generator in the communities. Approximately 95 customers in Drury Creek, Little Fox, Little Salmon, McGundy Creek, parts of Mendenhall, and a pocket of South Fox are still without power. Yukon Energy crews will fly-over the transmission line between Whitehorse and Faro at first light this morning and continue with repairs. Estimated time of restoration is still mid-day today. More updates to follow as they become available. UPDATE (9 p.m. Oct 26):  High winds have caused multiple trees to land on the transmission line between Whitehorse and Carmacks, and Carmacks and Faro. With it being so dark and slick out now, crews will not be able to complete repairs to the transmission line before they hour out and must stop working. Customers in the following communities will unfortunately be without power until about mid-day Tuesday, October 27. Additional status updates will be provided in the morning. Areas affected by the power outage: Breaburn, South Fox, Little Fox, Drury Creek, McGundy Creek, Little Salmon and some parts of Mendenhall. UPDATE (7 p.m. Oct 26): Yukon Energy and ATCO Electric Yukon crews are working together to restore outages as quickly and safely as possible in communities experiencing a power outage. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.

News, Media Releases
Jul 13, 2020  Comment

Yukon Energy Signs Agreement to Purchase Solar Power from Solvest Inc.

Yukon Energy Corporation has signed the first Electricity Purchase Agreement with an Independent Power Producer on the Yukon Integrated Electricity System. The agreement signed with Solvest Inc. outlines Yukon Energy’s commitment to purchase the renewable electricity generated by Solvest’s proposed 1.0 megawatt solar project on the North Klondike Highway for the next 25 years. The agreement was signed as part of Yukon government’s Independent Power Production Policy’s Standing Offer Program. Signing the Electricity Purchase Agreement will increase the supply of renewable electricity on the Yukon grid once Solvest’s solar project is complete. The additional source of renewable electricity will help offset Yukon Energy’s use of diesel and liquefied natural gas, particularly between the months of April and June each year when the amount of solar energy generated by Solvest’s solar array is expected to be the greatest. Solvest’s 1.0 megawatt solar project is scheduled to be complete in November 2020. Once constructed, Solvest’s solar project will be the largest solar array in the territory. Solvest will join the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation government in being the second independently developed and operated, utility-scale solar project in the territory. Quotes As demand for electricity grows, it is important that we increase the amount generated from renewable sources. This local renewable energy project creates jobs and opportunities for Yukon businesses, supports energy self-sufficiency, makes us less vulnerable to changing fuel prices and helps us transition to a clean energy economy. Signing this agreement brings certainty to Solvest as a green economy investor and to Yukon Energy and its customers on the price paid for power over the next 25 years. – Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Ranj Pillai Yukon Energy is committed to renewables. By 2030, our goal is to have more than 97% of the electricity generated on the Yukon grid, on average, to come from renewable sources. In addition to the renewable projects we are building on our own, entering into these types of agreements with Independent Power Producers and purchasing locally-owned and generated renewable electricity helps us reach our renewable electricity target and build a sustainable energy future in Yukon. – Yukon Energy Corporation President and CEO Andrew Hall Solvest is pleased to take a leading role in renewable energy development in the Yukon. This project will provide an economically viable example of solar in the north and help encourage further development of renewable energy here and across northern Canada. As a local company, we look forward to working with Yukon government, Yukon Energy and ATCO Electric Yukon to bring this project online and begin supplying Yukoners with renewable energy for decades to come. – Solvest Vice-President Ben Power Quick facts Once constructed, Solvest’s solar array will be the largest solar array in operating in the territory. It will generate approximately 1.84 gigawatt hours of renewable electricity each year – about the same amount of electricity used by 153 Yukon homes in a year. The project is expected to generate most of its solar power between the months of April and June. There are three approaches to developing an Independent Power Production project: the Standing Offer Program for smaller projects that go through an application process, the Call of Power where utilities seek out larger projects and Unsolicited Proposals where projects are submitted to utilities. This agreement is under the Standing Offer Program. Stephanie Cunha Communications, Yukon Energy Corporation 867- 334-7760 stephanie.cunha@yec.yk.ca Anne Huang Communications, Solvest Inc. 867-457-5690 press@solvest.ca Brigitte Parker Communications, Energy, Mines and Resources 867- 667-3183 Brigitte.Parker@gov.yk.ca

News, Reliability
Jun 11, 2020  Comment

Whitehorse diesel engine sound monitoring results

This past April, we had to run company-owned diesel engines in Whitehorse, Mayo, Dawson City and Faro to generate electricity because of low water levels and one of our liquefied natural gas generators in Whitehorse being out-of-service. During that time, we heard concerns from some Riverdale residents in Whitehorse about noise levels coming from the Whitehorse diesel plant, and committed to hiring an independent consultant to monitor sound levels. The consultant’s research is complete and shows that when our four company-owned diesel units in Whitehorse were running this spring, sound levels: At our Riverside substation near homes on Nisutlin Drive (approx. 250 metres from the diesel plant) were higher than levels permitted by the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (BC OGC) and Health Canada; and Near homes on Bell Crescent (approx. 450 metres from the diesel plant) were lower than BC OGC and Health Canada guidelines. The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission’s (BC OGC) Noise Control Best Practices Guidelines and Health Canada’s Guidance for Evaluating Human Health Impacts in Environmental Assessment: Noise are two standards commonly used in Yukon as guidelines to assess sound levels for industrial activities. Specific measurements of the sound levels recorded at each site and the sound thresholds set in each guideline are included in two summary tables at the end of this article. Knowing these results, we will: Look into what it would take to install a permanent sound monitoring device at the Riverside substation on Nisutlin Drive. Our goal is to always be aware of how much noise is being emitted by the diesel generators and for an alert to be sent to us if we are nearing permissible limits. Explore possible ways to reduce noise levels at the Whitehorse diesel plant. This may include adding equipment to the generators to muffle noise, making changes to the building or other options. Thank you to all residents who contacted us about this matter and offered us the use of their yard to do this important work. We apologize for the disturbance these generators caused and are optimistic that as we work to build and integrate more renewables onto the grid, that our reliance on diesel and LNG generators during spring months will be reduced. Table 1.0 Sound Monitoring Levels Compared to BC OCG Guidelines Sound Monitoring Location Measured Daytime Noise (dB) BCOG Daytime Noise Permissible Sound Level (dB) Difference (dB) Riverside substation (Nisutlin Drive) 66.4 61 +5.4 Bell Crescent 52.5 61 -8.5 Table 2.0 Sound Monitoring Levels Compared to Health Canada Guidelines Sound Monitoring Location Calculated % Change in Operating & Non-Operating Sound Levels Maximum % Change Permitted in Operating & Non-Operating Sound Levels Difference (dB) Riverside substation (Nisutlin Drive) 11.4% 6.5% +4.9% Bell Crescent -1.5% 6.5% -8.5%

Apr 21, 2020  Comment

Drought conditions in 2019 means more electricity generated using LNG and diesel this spring

Hydro plays a key role in Yukon’s electricity mix. Historically, we’ve generated over 90% of the electricity in Yukon using water. Running a hydro operation means being at the mercy of available water. We have three hydroelectric generation facilities in Whitehorse, Aishihik and Mayo. Drought conditions and low snow pack levels across much of Yukon in 2019 has resulted in lower than normal water levels at all three of our hydro reservoirs this year. Colder-than-normal temperatures between January and April 2019 also caused inflows to each of the hydro reservoirs to be lower than normal for this time of year and for more hydro power to be needed during those months. As a result, less water is available to generate the power Yukoners need this spring and we are having to use LNG and diesel to fill the gap. Unfortunately, one of our LNG units is also out-of-service for repairs meaning we’re having to use more diesel across the territory. We recognize that our diesel units are louder than our hydro and LNG units, so we are installing noise monitors and continually assessing water levels and inflows to minimize how much we run the diesel units. Please see the document below for more information about snowpack levels this year. 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. For more energy conservation tips, visit inchargeyukon.ca.

News, Media Releases, Billing, Reliability, Safety
Mar 24, 2020  Comment

Yukon Energy taking additional steps to keep employees and Yukoners safe and healthy following two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yukon

Yukon Energy Corporation is putting additional measures in place to keep its employees, customers and communities safe and healthy after the Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in Yukon on Sunday, March 22. The Corporation’s latest actions serve to help flatten the curve and keep the lights on across Yukon. The Corporation’s adjusted business practices were put into place this week and will continue for the foreseeable future. Restricting visitors to all Yukon Energy offices and facilities. Yukon Energy’s customer service office in Dawson City is now closed to the public until further notice. During this closure, customers can continue to make bill payments or general inquiries by calling or emailing Yukon Energy’s Dawson City office where employees continue to work. Customers can call (867) 993-5565 or 1-877-712-3375, or email billing@yukonenergy.ca. Yukon Energy’s Dawson City office hours will continue to be: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All contractors, consultants and visitors are directed not to visit any Yukon Energy office or site. Exceptions will be made to critical services such as fuel delivery, supply shipments, contractors required for emergency maintenance, and mail and janitorial services. Limiting employee presence at sites. All Yukon Energy employees who can work from home continue to do so. Operational staff will now work on a rotational basis in effort to minimize the risk of employees being exposed to COVID-19. Yukon Energy emergency response crews remain available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week to respond to power outages and electrical emergencies in all communities the Corporation serves across the territory. To report an outage, customers are asked to continue to call 1-800-676-2843. Suspending all non-essential travel outside of Yukon and to remote Yukon communities. All non-essential maintenance projects have been postponed. Customer requests for seasonal reconnects and new electrical services will proceed as planned. Electricity meters in Dawson and Mayo will continue to be read by Yukon Energy employees; all other Yukon Energy customer meters will be estimated in the short-term. Previous precautions initiated by the Corporation on March 16, 2020 will also continue, including: travel restrictions and self-isolation requirements; enhanced hygiene and social-distancing protocols; and postponement of community meetings. The Corporation has developed a COVID-19 page on its website, yukonenergy.ca, where updates about the Corporation’s precautionary measures will be posted. The webpage also includes a comment form that Yukoners can use if they have questions. -30- Quote: “As Yukoners ourselves, we are deeply invested in the safety and well-being of our employees, customers and community. The additional precautions we’ve put in place today will help us flatten the curve and help ensure we have the resources in place to keep the lights on across Yukon. We are ready and committed to do all we can to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to support one another through the days and weeks ahead.” Andrew Hall President and CEO, Yukon Energy Contact: Stephanie Cunha Manager, Communications Yukon Energy 867-334-7760 stephanie.cunha@yec.yk.ca

Power Outage Updates
Feb 07, 2020  Comment

Power Outage, Friday, February 7, 2020

Update -  9 p.m: We are aware of outages affecting Dawson City, Mayo, neighbourhoods in Whitehorse, and north and south of Whitehorse. Cause of the outage is unknown at this time. Crews are onsite assessing the scope of the outage and working to restore power as quickly as possible. Updates to follow. Update -  9:20 p.m.: Crews have been able to restore power in Mayo and parts of Dawson. Restoration in Whitehorse and communities north and south of the city will begin shortly. Update -  10:45 p.m. Remaining customers in Dawson have power back as well as the majority of customers in and around Whitehorse. The remainder of customers should have power back on within minutes Update - 11 p.m. All power has been restored. Tonight's outages were caused by a loss in power supply. This means something happened that caused one or more of our power generators to trip. When this happens, the amount of power we can generate and supply to the grid decreases, and the amount of power Yukoners need is more than what is available. That's when the power outage happened. Now, what caused the generators to trip? That's what our team will be working on over the next few days to figure out. Sorry for the trouble tonight's outage caused. Update - February 11, noon:  Following a thorough review of Friday’s outage, we’ve been able to determine that the outage was caused by a communications failure. When the failure occurred, our Whitehorse LNG facility, and our Whitehorse Hydro # 4 and Aishihik #3 units tripped. This communication failure is also the reason why Friday’s outage took a bit longer to restore than normal. Since our communication with each power plant was lost, power plants in Dawson, Mayo, Whitehorse and Aishihik had to be operated manually. Thank you again for everyone’s patience and understanding Friday night.