Yukon: Clean electricity snapshot

Overview of electricity in the Yukon.

Yukon primarily relies on hydropower to generate its electricity. More northern and remote communities, however, rely heavily on diesel. That’s why there is ongoing effort to bring local, renewable energy resources to these communities for a cleaner, more sustainable future.

A clean electricity grid can have several benefits

In addition to cleaner air and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, a clean electricity grid can provide several benefits:

Electricity generated

As of 2022, Yukon had 0.8 megawatts (MW) of wind installed on its grid.

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Figure 1: Percentage of electricity sources by type
Natural gas: 9%
Hydro: 83%
Other: 8%
Total Generation: 0.53 Terawatt hours

Economic opportunities and key projects

Following the historic investments made in Budget 2023, the Government of Canada has now committed over $40 billion to support the clean electricity sector, including with below-market financing through the Canada Infrastructure Bank, grants and contributions such as the Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program, and a new Clean Electricity Investment Tax Credit. These investments being made alongside the Clean Electricity Regulations will help drive significant economic opportunities in the province through the construction of new power sources and retrofitting of existing plants.

The Government of Yukon is establishing laws to govern the extraction of geothermal energy in the territory. The territory has potential to become a major producer of geothermal energy.

Keeping electricity affordable

The Government of Canada is supporting households with their energy switching, through home retrofit programs, zero-emission vehicles purchase incentives and more, to help Canadians save on their energy bills.

$40 billion in new Government of Canada measures to meet the growing demand for electricity can minimize future cost impacts being passed down to Yukoners.

The Government of Yukon offers up to $5,000 in rebates for a residential renewable energy generation system and up to $1,200 to install a solar domestic hot-water heating system.

Through the micro-generation program and the Independent Power Production program, homes and businesses can sell unused electricity back to the electricity grid.

Recent announcements

In April 2022, $300 million of federal clean energy funding was directed to the Wah-ila-toos partnership for clean energy projects in Indigenous, rural and remote communities in Canada.

In November 2022, the Government of Canada announced a $164,000 grant to Affinity North to support the advancement of Indigenous leadership in the clean energy sector.

The Government of Canada has invested around $15.5 million in the Copper Niisüü Limited Partnership to help build the Beaver Creek Solar Project, a 1.9 megawatt solar panel farm with 3.5 megawatt hours (MWh) of battery storage. It is expected to cut White River First Nation’s diesel consumption by 55 per cent.

Through the Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity (REACHE) program, the Government of Canada is providing funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Canada’s north. The goal of the program is to reduce Northern communities’ reliance on diesel heating and electricity generation and increase the use of sustainable, local, and clean energy.

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