The Yukon generates most of its electricity from four hydroelectric facilities. During winter, when the peak demand occurs and there is less hydroelectricity generating capacity, the Territory relies more on diesel power generators and natural gas. These fossil fuels are also used year round in the more remote communities. The Yukon’s population is distant from other jurisdictions, so there are no transmission lines that allow for trading electricity. In order to provide reliable and affordable electricity while supporting renewable sources, the territory is building a grid-scale battery storage system. This system will allow for renewable electricity to be stored for use in the winter months, thus lowering the demand for fossil fuel sources. Furthermore, a recent solar project being carried out by the company Solvest will connect 4000 panels to the grid, making it the largest solar project in northern Canada. The Yukon Energy Corporation is the primary producer of electricity in the Yukon, but independent power producers also contribute to the system.
Budweiser Canada Renewable Energy Commitment
Did you know that globally by 2025, all Budweiser will be brewed with 100% renewable energy? Budweiser Canada recently announced an exciting new agreement and is purchasing 51% of the electricity generated from Capital Power’s 75-megawatt Enchant Solar facility in Taber, Alberta. The Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from this partnership will cover 3x the electricity needed to brew Budweiser in Canada.