Premier pushes for new hydroelectric dam

Premier pushes for new hydroelectric dam The Yukon government has formally instructed the Yukon Development Corporation to start planning to build a new hydroelectric dam.

The Yukon government has formally instructed the Yukon Development Corporation to start planning to build a new hydroelectric dam.

“A substantial increase in Yukon’s power supply will be necessary over time to foster responsible and sustainable economic development in the territory,” said Scott Kent, the minister responsible for the corporation, in a news release.

The government asked the development corporation to identify a new hydro project that will be sufficient to meet the anticipated growth in demand.

Interim Liberal Leader Sandy Silver asked in the legislature Thursday if a site has yet been picked for the new dam.

It has not, and it will be up to the Yukon Development Corporation to figure that out, replied Premier Darrell Pasloski.

Silver said that the government has dragged its heels on building new hydro, resulting in the current situation where the territory has no excess hydro power.

“We are at an energy cliff, because the Yukon Party spent a lot of time trying to sell our energy corporation instead of figuring out how to expand out hydro capacity.”

He also asked how the government plans to pay for it.

Kent replied that he expects at least some of the money will come from the federal government.

Just Posted

Yukon COs kill 3 bears attracted to ‘waste’ stored at Whitehorse junkyard

‘If it can smell like food (a bear is) on it, and it’s happening all over the place.’

YG bars Dawson City’s retired dentist from providing emergency services

Government can’t get its story straight over why Helmut Schoener can’t use hospital dental suite

Fox family in Whitehorse neighbourhood could face removal this fall

‘The foxes have been here a lot longer, and we’re the invader’

Kaska Dena Council in court over hunting licences

‘Consultation is not a “the more the merrier” proposition’

Great Northern Tournament returns for fourth medieval combat event

‘Every year it grows a little more and we get a little better at it’

Chilkat Challenge Triathlon holds second race

Dozens of racers paddled, biked and ran from Mosquito Lake to Chilkat State Park

YESAB report urges traffic lights at Alaska Highway intersection

Lower speed limits suggested ahead of new gas station construction

Yukon government denies it owes substitute teachers unpaid wages

The Department of Education filed responses July 5 to five lawsuits launched against it by substitute teachers

Some women won the marriage lottery in the Klondike

Others did not fare so well in love

The wonderful world of Airbnb Whitehorse

Wonderful for tourists and homeowners at least. Renters? Not so much

Yukon researcher contributes to climate change adaptation report

‘We really worked to weave consideration of different ways of knowing through the report’

Whitehorse singer Sarah MacDougall’s new record sounds like scenery

‘Just getting out of town slightly, you can see a lot of beauty’

Most Read