The Government of Yukon has implemented its Independent Power Production policy, allowing First Nation governments, communities and entrepreneurs to generate renewable energy and feed it into the electrical grid to help meet local demands.
Renewable energy sources listed include hydro, solar, geothermal and biomass. Natural gas does not qualify as a renewable energy source under the Independent Power Production policy.
As of 2018, the electrical system in Yukon was comprised of:
- 1 large hydro-based grid called the Yukon Integrated System;
- 1 medium-sized diesel-based grid serving Watson Lake; and
- Three smaller isolated communities with diesel generation (Old Crow, Beaver Creek and Destruction Bay/Burwash Landing).
The new implemented policy provides clarity and regulatory certainty for the utilities and independent power producers while ensuring rates remain stable for utility consumers.
Paired with its sister program, the Micro-generation policy, the Independent Power Production policy encourages new energy generation to increase Yukon’s electricity supply and assists utilities in meeting the demand for affordable, reliable, flexible and clean electrical energy.