The Narwhal discusses how, after snowpack hits near-historic low, Yukon Energy looks to diversify hydro-heavy grid.
The territory says unpredictable weather is prompting efforts to not only increase efficiency but to also modernize the grid with wind, solar, biomass and potentially even geothermal energy sources.
Some discomforts of the Yukon winter don’t last long — a car that just won’t start, a parka that’s frozen stiff. Others, however, carry over to following years.
The 2018-19 winter in Yukon was dry and frigid. Snowpack hit a near-historic low as a result, leading to low water levels in the reservoirs that drive the territory’s hydro electricity plants.
Because the territory’s grid is heavily reliant on hydro, Yukon Energy has been forced to use more diesel fuel this year.
Now, with climate change expected to make weather patterns even more volatile, the utility said it’s making moves to diversify the grid.