Electrical storage systems allow energy generated at one time to be held for use at another time. There are many types of storage, including compressed air, flywheels, hydrogen cells, and capacitors.
As an isolated grid, one of the largest challenges we face is meeting peak demands for power during winter months. Our 2016 Resource Plan identified battery storage as the most promising for Yukon.
On September 5, 2019, the Government of Canada committed $16.5 million towards our construction of a new battery storage system in Yukon. Once completed, the 8 MW battery will be the largest grid-connected battery in the North, and one of the largest in Canada.
The new battery is a critical investment in our ability to meet growing demands for power and securing Yukon’s energy future. It will also create a more reliable power supply and help reduce the territory’s reliance on diesel fuel. Over the 20-year life of project, the new battery is expected to reduce carbon emissions in Yukon by more than 20,000 tonnes.
A location for the new battery energy storage system has not been identified. We will begin permitting of the project in 2020 with the aim for construction to be complete by mid-2023.
Read the federal announcement.