Our Clean Future actions

Energy production

Demand for electricity will grow as Yukoners invest in electric vehicles and heating technology. We're supporting reliable and renewable electricity sources through Our Clean Future and the Yukon Energy Corporation’s 10-year renewable electricity plan. Additionally, we are supporting sources that add winter capacity to our grid. 

The charts below explore where we're: 

  • making progress to increase our renewable energy capacity, and;
  • ensuring that energy infrastructure is resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Electricity generation from renewable resources  

We need to increase the amount of electricity we produce from renewable sources, such as wind, wood, solar and geothermal. The Yukon is increasing its ability to generate electricity from renewable sources year-over-year. 

Micro-generation program

The Micro-generation program allows you to sell the surplus energy you generate if you:

  • add a solar photovoltaic (PV) or another renewable energy system to a site; and
  • are connected to the electrical grid.

The Our Clean Future target for this action is to reach 7 megawatts (MW) of installed renewable electricity capacity by 2030. This target was met at the end of 2022. 

Community based renewable electricity projects

The Innovative Renewable Energy Initiative and the Arctic Energy Fund support  various projects:

  • wind power;
  • solar power;
  • geothermal;
  • biomass; and 
  • infrastructure upgrades. 

The number of community-based renewable energy projects we’re supporting is growing year-to-year. 
 

There are currently 15 actions that support energy objectives. To learn more about these actions and where we’ve made progress, scroll through the tabs below. 

Complete

  • Action E5: Evaluate the potential to generate renewable electricity at remote historic sites co-managed by the Government of Yukon and Yukon First Nations by 2022.
  • Action E8: Increase the limit of the Standing Offer Program under the Independent Power Production Policy from 20 gigawatt hours (GWh) to 40 GWh by 2021 to support additional community-based renewable energy projects on Yukon’s main electrical grid.
  • Action E10: Continue to deliver the Micro-generation Program in collaboration with Yukon’s public utilities, targeting 7 megawatts (MW) of installed renewable electricity capacity by 2030.
  • Action E13: Improve modelling of the impacts of climate change on hydroelectricity reservoirs by 2021 and incorporate this information into short, medium, and long-term forecasts for renewable hydroelectricity generation.
  • Action E14: Develop a climate change adaptation plan for the Yukon Energy Corporation by 2022 that will identify risks and appropriate responses to ensure Yukon’s main electrical grid is resilient to the impacts of climate change.
  • Action E15: Implement a glacier monitoring program in 2020 and continue to work with academic partners to improve our ability to track the impacts of glacier melt on hydrological systems and hydroelectricity generation. Revised 

In progress

  • Action E1: While aiming for an aspirational target of 97 per cent by 2030, develop legislation by 2023 that will require at least 93 per cent of the electricity generated on the Yukon Integrated System to come from renewable sources, calculated as a long-term rolling average.
  • Action E2: Require some of the diesel used to generate electricity on the Yukon Integrated System and in off-grid communities to be substituted with clean diesel alternatives like biodiesel and renewable diesel beginning in 2025, aiming for around 20 per cent.
  • Action E3: Update the Public Utilities Act by 2025 to ensure an effective and efficient process for regulating electricity in Yukon.
  • Action E4: Install renewable electricity generation systems in 5 Government of Yukon buildings in off-grid locations by 2025 to reduce reliance on diesel-generated electricity.
  • Action E9: Develop a framework by 2022 for First Nations to economically participate in renewable electricity projects developed by Yukon’s public utilities.
  • Action E11: Develop legislation by 2023 to regulate geothermal energy development in Yukon.
  • Action E12: Research the potential to use geothermal energy for heating and electricity, with a focus along Yukon fault systems, by 2025.

Ongoing

  • Action E6: Continue to provide financial and technical support for Yukon First Nations, municipalities and community organizations to undertake community-led renewable energy projects.
  • Action E7: Work with Yukon’s public utilities to continue to implement the Independent Power Production Policy that enables independent power producers, including Yukon First Nations and communities, to generate and sell electricity to the grid.

New in 2023

  • Action E16: By the end of 2025, an updated development plan and alternatives analysis for the Yukon-British Columbia grid connect project will be completed.
  • Action E17: Research a green hydrogen fuel demonstration project with a construction start of 2027 and operating timeframe of 2029.
  • Action E18: Continue to support development of micro-generation capacity in collaboration with Yukon’s public utilities.
  • Action E19: In collaboration with Yukon Energy Corporation, by 2027, undertake a study to improve understanding of groundwater in the Upper Yukon River Basin to inform decision-making related to hydro-electric generation. 

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