Yukon Energy’s New Fossil Fuel Generation
Yukon's electrical load is growing, and Yukon Energy feels that more fossil fuel generators are necessary to meet peak loads and for emergency situations.
The Yukon Conservation Society has explored the situation in-depth and we recognize Yukon Energy's concern about providing reliable electricity in the case that one of the major hydro dams experiences a failure.
Unfortunately, Yukon Energy has decided that purchasing fossil fuel generators is the only solution to this challenge. Our research at YCS indicates that rather than purchasing generators with a 40-year lifespan, Yukon Energy should rent diesel generators as an interim solution. With the rentals in place, an ambitious demand side management program should be implemented to reduce winter demand peaks, thus reducing the number of rental generators needed over time.