Whitehorse Water Use Relicensing Project

Yukon Energy currently has a water use licence to use water from the southern lakes to generate electricity at the Whitehorse Rapids Generating Station (WRGS). We are seeking to renew our water use licence past May 31, 2025. To do this, we will be submitting a proposal to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board to renew our licence.

Why is this water licence important?

  • Hydroelectricity is renewable
  • Demand for electricity is growing
  • While we are building new projects, it is critical we maintain what we have
  • The Whitehorse Rapids Generating Station generates 80% of electricity we use in the summer, and 25% of the electricity we use in the winter

What are the operating conditions under the current water use licence?

Though we own the Whitehorse hydro plant, we do not own the Yukon River or the water the dam uses. The water use licence we are seeking outlines the guidelines and regulations that we must follow to protect the water and the Yukon River.

The existing water use licence contains several rules (“conditions”) that we must follow:

  • Storage range (water levels)
  • Operating restrictions
  • Mitigation actions
  • Adaptive management and monitoring

How do I get involved in the relicensing process?

We will be hosting open houses and distributing material until June 2023. These activities will provide you with the opportunity to provide your feedback.

Open houses

March 7
Best Western Gold Rush Inn


March 8
Lake Laberge area
Hidden Valley Elementary School


March 14
Online via Zoom


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March 16
Haa Shagoon Hidi (Learning Centre)


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