Canada’s Renewable Power Landscape – Energy Market Analysis

Aurora borealis over downtown Whitehorse during winter


In 2015, Yukon generated 94% of its electricity from renewables, almost exclusively from hydro. Although a 5 to 10 MW windfarm site was selected in late 2014, Yukon has less than 1 MW wind capacity.

While Yukon generates the majority of its electricity from hydro, diesel and LNG are required to meet peak demand.

Two regulated Yukon utilities generate and distribute electricity. Yukon Energy Corporation owned by the territory generates most of the power and owns and operates most of the territory’s transmission infrastructure. ATCO Electric Yukon is a privately owned distributor, which also generates power.

Yukon’s government announced plans in 2009 to increase renewable energy by 20% by 2020. Since then, it has implemented a biomass energy strategy for district and home heating, adopted an Independent Power Production policy, and introduced a micro-generation program which allows individuals to produce and sell electricity to the grid.

Increasing renewable capacity on a larger scale requires infrastructure investments, and the Yukon government plans to upgrade key transmission lines in 2017 if it has sufficient funding.

TABLE 13 Renewable Electric Capacity and Generation in Yukon
  Capacity in MW and % Generation in GW.h and %
  2005 2015 2005 2015
Hydro 77 95 320 422
70% 76% 93% 94%
All renewable sources 77 95 320 422
70% 77% 93% 94%
All sources 110 124 343 448

This table shows Yukon's electric capacity and generation from renewables in 2005 and 2015. The share of hydro in total capacity increased from 70% to 76% while its share in total generation increased from 93% to 94%.

Detail of the treeline along the edge of Emerald Lake, Yukon

FIGURE 25 Renewable Resources and Capacity in Yukon

FIGURE 25 Renewable Resources and Capacity in Yukon

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This map shows the location and approximate capacity of renewable power plants with a capacity of at least 1 MW across Yukon. There are three hydroelectric plants in south and central Yukon. There are no wind, biomass or solar resources with a capacity of at least 1 MW.

FIGURE 26 Electric Generation Capacity in Yukon

FIGURE 26 Electric Generation Capacity in Yukon

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This bar graph shows Yukon’s total electric capacity in 2005 and 2015 for all fuel sources. Capacity increased from 110 MW to 124 MW, with renewables increasing from 70% to 77% of total capacity.

Autumn colours in the northern mountains



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