Climate Change

Did You Know...

...that in 2017, we produced fewer than 17 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions per gigawatt hour as a result of our generation. That compares with a net system carbon intensity for the Canadian electrical sector of more than 170 tonnes per gigawatt hour!

...we avoided 785 tonnes of GHG emissions in 2016, and saved 1,530 megawatt hours of electricity, through our external energy conservation programs.

...we avoided 126 tonnes of GHG emissions in 2016, and saved 246 megawatt hours of electricity, through our internal energy conservation programs.

Climate Change Research

Yukon Energy recently worked with the Northern Climate ExChange of the Yukon Research Centre on a multi-year project to gather information about how climate change could affect hydro generation at the Whitehorse dam. Monitoring stations at the Llewellyn Glacier, and the Fantail and Wheaton rivers allowed researchers to record information such as air temperature, precipitation (both rain and snow) and solar radiation. This research was critical to Yukon Energy in terms of helping us plan for climate change and the implications on our ability to generate hydro power at our Whitehorse facilities.

The research indicated Yukoners should expect an increase in average annual temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, and a greater frequency of extreme events such as floods, droughts and storms.

We are now working with the Yukon Research Centre on a similar project in the Aishihik and Mayo areas (the locations of our other two hydro sites).

Reducing GHGs

Yukon Energy, in cooperation with the City of Whitehorse, sponsors Bike to Work Week each spring. It's an initiative aimed at encouraging people to park their vehicles and bike to work or school. In 2018, 275 people took part, biking more than 6,900 kilometres and reducing GHGs by almost 2,300 kilograms.