ten years in the making
The proposed Southern Lakes Enhanced Storage Project would see us storing more water in Marsh, Tagish and Bennett lakes in the fall and early winter each year. to generate more renewable electricity later in the winter, when it’s needed most.
After ten years of research, public engagement and planning on the Southern Lakes Enhanced Storage Project, Yukon Energy’s Board of Directors decided in 2020 to prepare a proposal to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB) to assess the project.
As part of that decision, we also committed to:
Field work and landowner engagement that was originally scheduled for this past summer could not be completed because of high water levels in the Southern Lakes. Because of this, we were not able to submit our proposal to YESAA this summer asking them to assess this project like we originally planned.
For now, we continue to have discussions with First Nations in the project area about their interests and values in the proposed project, and to determine the best path forward to have this project assessed by the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board.
We understand that there continues to be mixed feelings about this project. For now, Southern Lakes residents can be assured that at minimum, the Southern Lakes Enhanced Storage Project will not be implemented before the fall of 2023.