The Whitehorse hydro plant has served Yukoners since 1958. It was developed to supply electricity to a growing Yukon population. It began with two turbines; a third one was added in 1969, and a fourth in 1985. In the summertime, our Whitehorse hydro facilities can produce 40 megawatts of power. In the winter, when flow in the Yukon River is reduced, it can only produce about 25 megawatts. This is why projects that can supply winter generation are so important to us; it’s in the winter, when water is least available, that our demand for power is highest.
Our current water use licence that allows us to use water from the Southern Lakes at the Whitehorse hydro plant is set to expire on May 31, 2025. We are in the process of renewing this licence. Learn more about how you can get involved.
A bird’s-eye view of our Whitehorse generating facilities