How much more are you prepared to pay for green electricity?
Thanks to everyone who participated in our first round of public meetings in February and March. Watch this space for notification about Round 2 meetings, planned for sometime this summer. For those of you who were not able to attend any of the public meetings from Round 1, here is a link to our presentation.
"The 'participate' portion of this website is skewed to avoid legitimate disagreement. My property will be adversely affected by the plan to raise water levels in the Southern Lakes but I have been advised that I won't qualify for full remediation. If my assets are protected I would be in full support of this option."
"In terms of the Southern Lakes Enhancement proposal, without adequate and reasonable remediation for property owners raising the late summer level of the Southern Lakes will be fraught with litigation. Yukon Energy representatives have downplayed ramifications and costs."
"It is good to see that YEC has a current strong focus on Demand Side Management."
Yukon's energy needs are already close to 100% renewable. What is the problem? Why are we proposing spending money on a non-issue?
Raise Marsh Lake by two feet to help store hydro energy for the winter peak usage.
Small-scale nuclear power should be part of the discussion. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north-mulls-nuclear-solution-to-rising-power-costs-1.1045157
We have to think in terms of there being no "silver bullet" solution, but rather approach our energy needs in terms of assessing our consumption, conservation, and multiple areas from which we can draw environmentally friendly and sustainable energy such as solar, geothermal, etc.
We don't inherit the world from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. This is something to remember! I'm all for green electricity, even if it means paying more. In the long run it's so worth it.
Conservation and reducing consumption must the the number one priority along with "green" sources of energy. Blocking more rivers should come as the last "renewable" resort. Building capacity for mining projects is folly as they should be dealt with on an individual basis. Temporary power sources can be removed from the landscape while dams destroy rivers and fish stocks forever. All Yukoners to put energy back in the grid. Encourage and subsidize small scale solar and wind at the house and neighbourhood level.
"How much money can I spend? I need to know this before I make a suggestion."
"Prepare Yukon for the fossil free energy future now. Mix renewables, small and larger scale, promote and subsidize private installations, electrify highway corridors for future transportation needs, get all communities off fossil fuel power."
The comments here are all very positive and there are some very good suggestions that Yukon Energy is and should be supporting/pursuing. However many of the comments suggest that people do not have a great understanding of the larger context of energy use in Yukon. For example, Yukon Energy produces virtually all of the territory's electricity in the form of renewable energy. The rest, used by us (all Yukoners), comes from fossil fuels (equivalent to 12 B train trucks a day arriving in Yukon every day, 365 days a year). In other words, for every one unit of renewable energy that a Yukoner buys from Yukon Energy, they also buy just over four units of fossil fuel energy from an oil and gas company. Yukon Energy only produces a little over 400 GWhs of renewable energy every year. To put this number in context, 540 GWhs per year of fossil fuel energy is used just to heat our buildings. If we wanted to “energy switch” this with clean renewable energy, the proposed NEXT GEN Hydro project would likely still not be adequate. In summary, we are highly dependent on fossil fuels. Home heating and transportation are massive pieces of the “dirty” energy pie in the territory. Instead of sitting around talking about Yukon Energy’s energy forecast and all the variables that go into it, we should be talking about the larger context and how we can get off fossil fuels. I’m afraid this is because it’s easier to point the finger at Yukon Energy and have them lead the process. It is much harder to mobilize all Yukoners to step up, take ownership for their fossil fuel usage, and make some hard decisions about seriously reducing GHG emissions and impacts to the planet. In my opinion we have grossly underutilized our local Yukon natural resources and I think it’s time for Yukoners to look into their own back yard and come up with some serious ways to get off of fossil fuels.
Take off peak energy storage seriously. See energy efficiency and conservation as the cheapest form of 'generating' kilowatt hours (KWhs) of power. Become an energy services group, not a KWh sales culture. No new dams, we need to use what we have smarter.
"I want to see demand controlled, and reduced before any new power generation strategies are put in place. The more power that is generated, the more demand there is. Let's address power consumption and waste first rather than just planning more and more power generation. I do not support more damming of rivers; it isn't "green" and has huge impacts on environment on all levels. I do not support a carbon tax but I do support austerity measures to curb demand and unsustainable lifestyles.
"Do not include any mining potential in forecasts. Isolate all industrial loads and deal with them independently."
"Recycle waste to produce electrical and thermal byproducts of incineration."
"Start having the carbon recapture credit conversation."
"Yes to: conservation first, micro-generation, off-peak rates, electro-thermal storage, smart grid, distributed/diverse generation, community solar/wind/geothermal, small pumped hydro, wind and solar, S.E. Alaska small hydro. No to: LNG, big hydro."
It would seem seem other areas think that the alternatives to hydro development are viable. http://www.internationalrivers.org/...
"Use natural gas from the Eagle Plain deposit in the Whitehorse LNG plant."
"Look seriously into micro-grid management to better utilize existing power generation facilities and renewable energy. Off Peak rate structure is making inroads into many regions; why not implement it and make electric thermal storage heaters a very viable way to heat Yukon homes."
"Liquid fluoride thorium reactors (LFTR) are a very good answer to Yukon's broad range of electrical and thermal needs."
"Invest in micro-hydro and run-of-river before we look to flood entire valleys."
"Develop significant new hydro resources. Build economic and management partnerships with First National governments. Connect to southern pan Canadian grid. Look to building a future sustainable Yukon - culturally, environmentally and economically."
"When we have surplus hydro, use it to turn water into hydrogen, compress it, and store it in tanks. Then use it as fuel in the LNG plant instead of natural gas."
Government rebated, either partially or fully, residential battery energy storage to store energy during times of hydro generation. Then usage of this stored energy during times when diesel is required.
Extend the grid to all Yukoners, including Watson Lake, Burwash/Destruction Bay, Beaver Creek, etc.
"Make the LNG plant obsolete."
"We need to balance 100 percent renewable energy with protecting wildlife and fish. We must all think about how to do that."
"Embrace micro-power generation. Reward Yukoners for returning power to the grid, which will help reduce our carbon production."
"We have to think about the kind of world we want to leave our grandchildren."
"Focus on conservation and energy efficiency first."
"100 percent renewable energy!"