Demand Side Management

Demand Side Management uses a combination of energy efficient products and technologies, and energy conservation/education on the part of customers to reduce the amount of electricity needed.

Process

Studies

In 2011 a study was done looking at how much electricity could be saved by installing various energy efficiency technologies in Yukon homes and businesses.

ICFI updated the study for the 2016 Resource Plan. The update considered current electricity use, the population forecast, and recent changes in technology.

It also took into account some of what the utilities have learned since operating the Yukon-wide electricity conservation program inCharge, which was launched a few years ago.

Technical and Financial Findings

Technologies by Cost of Conserved Energy Conserved Energy 2016 Conserved Energy 2035 Coincident Peak Production Dependable Capacity Levelized Cost of Capacity Project Life In-service Lead Time
GWh GWh MW MW $/kW yr Years Years

Option #1

<$0.10/kWh

1 2.8 1.5 0 N/A 5–20 2

Option #2

<$0.20/kWh

1.41 12.8 2.9 0 N/A 5–20 2

Option #3

<$0.30/kWh

1.6 17.2 3.72 0 N/A 5–20 2

Option #4

<$0.40/kWh

1.84 20.5 4.76 0 N/A 5–20 2

Option #5

<$0.50/kWh

1.85 21.1 4.91 0 N/A 5–20 2

Energy

Capacity

Evaluation

Aquatic environment Most favourable
Terrestrial environment Most favourable
Air quality Most favourable
First Nation lands Most favourable
Traditional lifestyle Most favourable
Heritage resources Most favourable
Tourism/recreation/other land uses Most favourable
Cultural/community well-being Most favourable
Local economic benefits Most favourable
Climate change risk Most favourable
  •  Most favourable
  •  Somewhat favourable
  •  Least favourable

Notes

This study focused on technology-based conservation. There may be additional conservation potential using change-behaviour programs, although these are more complex.

Typically there are four ways used to change customer behaviours, i.e. reduce electricity use:

  • Financial (taxation, incentives)
  • Regulations (for example, insulation requirements for new buildings)
  • Persuasion (education, information)
  • Market-oriented regulation (quotas, credits)

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Initial key findings

Pros

High potential for cost-effective conservation programs in both the residential and commercial sector

Still opportunities for simple, low-cost programs

Opportunities to reduce demand peak

Cons

Relies in part on customers being willing to change behaviours