Vancouver’s Midgard Consulting Inc. has received a $782,000 contract for initial technical work on Yukon’s next hydro plant.
“This is another important step in implementing the hydroelectric directive work plan,” said Scott Kent, minister responsible for the Yukon Development Corporation, in a news release. “This work will ultimately help inform a recommendation about where to locate one or more of Yukon’s next generation hydro opportunities”.
Potential new hydro sites have been outlined in Yukon Energy’s 20-year resource plan. Those options will be reassessed to determine which are the most viable.
The consultants have promised to produce two documents, a viability options study and a business case.
Those reports are due in November 2015.
In order to complete this work, the company will complete technical studies on forecasts for Yukon’s economic growth and future energy demand, as well as the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of proposed hydro projects.
The Yukon government has allocated $2 million in this year’s budget for the planning of new hydro.
It is also, in a separate project, looking at the possibility of connecting Yukon’s grid to a proposed hydro facility near Skagway, Alaska.