Yukoners’ electricity use was sizzling
Yukon Energy hit a record high this week for power generation as the territory continued to grapple with freezing temperatures.
Chairman Andrew Hall said output this morning peaked at 111 megawatts, beating the previous record of 104 MW.
Hydroelectric generation contributed between 65 and 67 MW of generation, with the remaining over 50 MW being generated by LNG and diesel.
The previous record was set on December 16 and in January 2020 before that.
“It’s not always a given when it’s so cold that we’re going to peak, because it depends on what the mines are doing,” Hall said.
“But certainly, earlier this week we hit some records.”
Although operating mines are contributing to the load, Hall said, demand from the residential and commercial sectors is driving the record.
Long-term population growth is a factor, as is the preference for electric heat in new construction, he explained.
Hall said whether it’s a downtown multi-family housing development or new single-family housing in the Whistle Bend subdivision, the new buildings are all electrically heated.