Our 2016 Resource Plan shows that we have a gap in capacity. Under certain emergency situations, we may not have enough power to ensure uninterrupted service. To address this last winter (2017/18), we rented four portable diesel generators. They were our insurance policy against potential rolling winter blackouts.
This winter (2018/19) we are doing the same. We are leasing six portable diesel generators (two megawatts each) that will be available from December to next April to use if necessary. They will be located in Whitehorse, beside our diesel plant.
We are working with the Yukon Development Corporation and the Yukon government to find more permanent solutions to addressing the capacity gap. However, energy projects can sometimes take five to ten years to plan and build. It is crucial that we have a temporary solutions in place now.