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Mar 24  1

Electric Vehicle Study

As part of the work we are doing to update our 20-Year Resource Plan, we had a study done looking at how many electric vehicles (EVs) we may see in Yukon over the next two decades.  Key findings are that: Plug-in electric vehicles has the potential to reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions… 

As part of the work we are doing to update our 20-Year Resource Plan, we had a study done looking at how many electric vehicles (EVs) we may see in Yukon over the next two decades. 

Key findings are that:

Plug-in electric vehicles has the potential to reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions dramatically, However there are a few challenges that at the moment make it difficult for Yukon to widely adopt EV technology.

  • Currently, manufacturers are focussing on electric cars and not on electric trucks. In Yukon, 62 percent of the vehicles are trucks, and only 30 percent are cars.
  • Current battery technology has some limitations in terms of performing well in cold climates. Batteries typically perform less than half as well as those used in temperate climates.
  • Yukoners tend to drive long distances, and again, there are currently technological limitations in this regard. However, electric vehicles - particularly plug-in hybrid electric vehicles - are still a viable transportation option for the average Yukon commute to and from work.

Taking all these things into account, it does not appear at this time that there will be a high percentage of Yukoners purchasing EVs over the next 20 years. That being said, technology can change rapidly, so we will be closely watching the EV market for new developments. 

Feb 22  Comment

Dates for Community Meetings

We have scheduled several public meetings to talk to you about our work to date on our resource plan. We hope you can join us for one of the sessions. You can find the full list of meetings here.  

We have scheduled several public meetings to talk to you about our work to date on our resource plan. We hope you can join us for one of the sessions. You can find the full list of meetings here

Oct 08  1

Receiving Your Feedback

We always appreciate hearing your feedback on what you feel is important when it comes to planning our electricity future 20 years out. We are posting a link to this CBC Yukon on-line article because we want to capture the comments made at the end of the article. We encourage… 

We always appreciate hearing your feedback on what you feel is important when it comes to planning our electricity future 20 years out. We are posting a link to this CBC Yukon on-line article because we want to capture the comments made at the end of the article. We encourage you to share your views in the Participate section of this website.

Sep 28  4

What Do You Value?

At the heart of any good plan is the fact that it reflects the values of the people it is affecting. That’s why we have decided to focus on Yukoners’ values during this resource planning process. Instead of asking you about specific energy options (although we are certain there will… 

At the heart of any good plan is the fact that it reflects the values of the people it is affecting. That’s why we have decided to focus on Yukoners’ values during this resource planning process. Instead of asking you about specific energy options (although we are certain there will be ample discussion about individual electricity sources), we think it is key to understand your dreams and aspirations when it comes to the future of electricity in the territory. What kind of a legacy should be left for our children and grandchildren? What are the key issues we need to consider? What’s most important to you – climate change? Preservation of fish and wildlife? Wild spaces? Affordability of electricity? Reliability of service? And how do we find a balance among all those things?

Early next year, watch for a values-based survey that we will ask you to complete. It will be an important tool to ensure you are heard, and your core values are reflected in the resource plan. We’ll provide more details about the survey in the weeks and months ahead.

Sep 28  3

We Can’t Do This Without You

Planning for the territory’s future electricity needs is no easy task. It takes careful thought and research, and a balancing of values. It also takes help from you. Yukoners are all stakeholders in the territory’s electricity future, which is why Yukon Energy is looking for your input throughout this planning… 

Planning for the territory’s future electricity needs is no easy task. It takes careful thought and research, and a balancing of values. It also takes help from you. Yukoners are all stakeholders in the territory’s electricity future, which is why Yukon Energy is looking for your input throughout this planning process. The result will be a comprehensive plan to meet Yukon’s electricity needs between 2016 and 2035.

There are essentially four steps to Yukon Energy’s resource planning process:

  • We must determine what the electricity needs are expected to be over the next 20 years;
  • We must look at our current energy supply and determine how much of a shortfall will need to be made up;
  • We must look at all the possible generation and transmission energy options and combinations available to us, analyze each one based on some consistent criteria, and determine which ones make the most sense for Yukon; and
  • We must write a plan that will be reviewed by Yukoners and then submitted to the Yukon Utilities Board for its review.

You will have a chance throughout this process to ask questions and tell us what you envision for Yukon’s electricity future. We want to understand your values so they can be reflected in our resource plan. Let’s begin!

Sep 28  2

Welcome!

We’re excited to launch this new interactive website. You will find lots of information here about our 2016 resource planning process. However the key goal of this site is to allow for meaningful conversations among all of us regarding what Yukon’s energy future should look like. We encourage you to… 

We’re excited to launch this new interactive website. You will find lots of information here about our 2016 resource planning process. However the key goal of this site is to allow for meaningful conversations among all of us regarding what Yukon’s energy future should look like. We encourage you to take full advantage of the interactive features built into this site, including opportunities to raise issues, comment on topics posted by other Yukoners, and participate in polls and surveys. If you have ideas on how to make this website even better, let us know.