Aishihik hydro is a key power plant in Yukon’s renewable energy system. Twenty-five per cent of the hydro produced by Yukon Energy comes from the Aishihik plant. In winter, as much as 50 per cent of our renewable energy comes from Aishihik.
Our existing Water Use License (License HY99-011) for the Aishihik hydro facility expires on December 31, 2019.
Given the vital role the Aishihik facility plays in our ability to provide reliable renewable electricity to Yukoners, and the fact that we cannot operate the facility without a water license, we are looking to renew our existing license without any changes to operating conditions for a three-year term (January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022). This is a critical interim solution as we continue to work with the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations on a long-term water license.
The Yukon Water Board has scheduled a public hearing to review our application for the three-year renewal from January 13 to 17, 2020 at The Convention Centre in Haines Junction. In the interim, the Yukon Water Board has granted a 60-day extension to our existing water license so that we can continue to operate the Aishihik Generating Station while our application for the three-year renewal is being reviewed.
Applications are available for viewing on the Yukon Water Board's online registry, WATERLINE at www.yukonwaterboard.ca or in person at the Yukon Water Board office. For more information about the public hearing, please contact the Yukon Water Board Secretariat at: