Energy Strategies - Yukon
Ministry of Energy
Published in January 2009, Energy Strategy for Yukon outlined a set of “principles” (outlined below) and priorities, which include improving energy efficiency and conservation, producing more renewable energy, meeting electricity needs, responsibly developing oil and gas and making good energy choices. The strategy is lighter on contextual information than other provincial and territorial documents — at 28 pages it is also relatively short — and mainly presents actions that relate directly to its priority areas. Proposed actions include pilot studies for wood-fuelled home heating systems, implementing an agreement with the federal government for sharing offshore oil revenues, as well as increasing energy efficiency in Yukon by 20 per cent and increasing renewable energy by 20 per cent, both by 2020. With an estimated 76 per cent of the energy consumed in Yukon coming from refined petroleum products, the energy strategy’s assertion that Yukon will seek “strategic opportunities to replace imported diesel fuel with Yukon’s oil and gas resources” and its exploration of renewable energy sources provides an important shift for the territory’s approach to energy.
Energy Strategy for Yukon is explicitly intended to complement the Yukon Government Climate Change Action Plan, which was released in February of the same year. While Yukon’s climate change action plan includes a section on climate change adaptation, which is not directly related to energy consumption, it does include greenhouse gas emission reduction targets whose related actions would change the territory’s approach to education, carbon offsets, alternative energy and other energy decisions.
As of February 2010, the Government of Yukon concluded its consultation on independent power production — which can be undertaken by citizens or businesses— and net metering.
One of the Government of Yukon’s current energy programs is its Good Energy, which provides rebates for energy-efficient products purchased between April 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011. Eligible products include large appliances, heaters and outboard motors.
Energy Strategy for Yukon includes seven principles that guide the territory’s actions on energy. These principles, in turn, correspond to common themes found throughout Canada’s other provincial and territorial energy strategies.
- Energy security
- Optimize benefits
- Climate change coordination
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