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Diesel fuel is burned inside an engine. The combustion process causes the engine shaft to move, driving the generator to produce electricity.
We hired Stantec to complete an inventory of possible new diesel and LNG sites. The study looked at potential 5, 10, and 20 MW plants.
Stantec identified four sites for consideration (two within Whitehorse and two just north of the city) and of those, two were chosen for further investigation: one at the Whitehorse landfill and the other next to the Takhini substation on the Mayo Road.
The zoning on both sites allows for public utilities, both are accessible from a highway, and both are close to transmission infrastructure.
|Annual Energy||Firm Energy||Installed Capacity||Dependable Capacity||Levelized Cost of Energy||Levelized Cost of Capacity||Project Life||In-service Lead Time|
|Aquatic environment||Most favourable|
|Terrestrial environment||Most favourable|
|Air quality||Least 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||Somewhat favourable|
|Local economic benefits||Least favourable|
|Climate change risk||Most favourable|
Diesel and LNG serve different purposes in terms of back-up electricity. Diesel engines tend to be better at picking up load quickly, such as in the case of a sudden power outage. However, natural gas engines are more efficient, and are better for running over longer periods of time.
Inexpensive to build
Reliable energy and capacity available all year
Produces GHG emissions