Energy Efficiency Programs See All

Energy efficiency programs secure energy savings through various strategies such as audits, retrofits, training for building tradespeople, “people-centred” or behavioural efficiency strategies, and customized industrial programs.

Energy Efficiency Program Administration

Yukon Energy and the Yukon Electrical Company partner to deliver efficiency programs through the inCharge brand. These utility based programs are overseen by the Yukon Utilities Board. The Yukon Electrical Company serves primarily the Whitehorse area and two thirds of rural communities. The Yukon Energy Corporation is the primary generator of electrical energy and distributes power to rural communities not served by the Yukon Electrical Company.

The Yukon Government Energy Solutions Centre and the Yukon Housing Corporation also offer energy efficiency programs.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Energy Efficiency Targets

Yukon’s energy strategy, released in 2009, has a target to increase energy efficiency in Yukon by 20% by 2020.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Energy Efficiency as a Resource

No activities identified. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Efficiency Potential Study and Energy Planning

A Yukon Electricity Conservation and Demand Management Potential Review was conducted on January 9, 2012.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Cost-Effectiveness Testing

The Yukon Five Year Demand Side Management Plan (2013) screened each program using the total resource cost test, program administrator cost test, participant cost test, and rate impact measure.

Last reviewed: August 2019 

Evaluation, Measurement and Verification

No activities identified.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Program Innovation

No program innovation funding identified. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Support for low-income energy efficiency programs

No requirements or mandates for energy efficiency programs for low income or hard-to-reach populations identified.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Enabling Policies See All

Enabling policies refer to policies, regulations, and other activities that build supportive infrastructure and policy frameworks to advance energy efficiency in a province. 

Support for Financing

PACE Finance
Yukon pioneered the use of Local Improvement Charges to assist residents living in rural areas to extend electrical grid and telephone services to rural properties in 1984. This was later used to fund on-site renewable energy systems.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Research and Development

There was a study from 2011-2017 on the thermal performance and durability of vacuum insulated panels building envelopes in Canada’s north.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Lead by example

Buildings
The 2009 Energy Strategy calls for new construction funded by the government to meet energy efficiency standards.

Vehicle Fleets
In 2016, the Yukon government added an electric vehicle to its fleet as a pilot project to test the vehicles range and recharge times at winter temperatures.

The 2009 Energy Strategy calls for targets for vehicle use and fuel consumption in the government’s vehicle fleet.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Grid Modernization

Advanced metering
No advanced meter roll-out in the territory. In 2010, the Yukon Electrical Company proposal to install advanced meters was rejected by the utility board.

Non-wires alternatives
No information available.

Conservation voltage reduction
No information available.

Rate design
Rates vary by service area. Inclining block rates with higher energy charges above a consumption threshold are prominent for residential and general service customers classes.

Yukon Energy industrial customers can receive a peak shaving credit.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Carbon Pricing

Yukon has voluntary opted into the federal government carbon pricing system. An output-based pricing system will be implemented for large industry in July 2019 (alongside the other territories). A charge on fuel producers and distributors will start applying in July 2019. Aviation fuels will be exempt, and relief is provided for diesel-fired electricity generation for remote communities.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Buildings See All

Buildings are a significant and often neglected component of Canada’s infrastructure, and high-performance buildings are important for our quality of life, physical and mental health, and economic productivity

Building Codes

Housing and Small Buildings
Yukon adopted the 2015 National Building Code, including energy efficiency provisions related to section 9.36 with some modification, through a regulation to the Building Standards Act made on April 1, 2016. The 2015 National Building Code came into force on April 1, 2017.

The City of Whitehorse regulates new construction under its Building and Plumbing Bylaw. Requirements under this bylaw include thermal insulation values of R28 walls, R60 attics, and a maximum of 1.5 air changes per house (@ 50 Pa), heat recovery ventilator systems shall be done by a certified Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada designer. The exceptions are residential accessory buildings and cold storage buildings.

Large Buildings
Yukon has not adopted any version of the National Energy Code for Buildings or other energy efficiency standards for large buildings.

The City of Whitehorse’s Building and Plumbing Bylaw (section 86(3)) requires all commercial construction to “adhere to the current edition of the National Building Code or the National Energy Code”. This means the 2017 National Energy Code for Building is enforced within Whitehorse.

Stretch or Step Codes
No formal adoption of a stretch or step code across the Territory. Yet the City of Whitehorse, where 3/4th of the territories population lives, has adopted a much more stringent building code under its Building and Plumbing Bylaw that applies to both large and small buildings. Requirements under this bylaw include thermal insulation values of R28 walls, R60 attics, and a maximum of 1.5 air changes per house (@ 50 Pa), heat recovery ventilator systems shall be done by a certified Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada designer. The exceptions are residential accessory buildings and cold storage buildings.

Net-zero energy ready commitment
No commitment to net-zero energy ready codes.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Building Code Compliance

No code compliance activities identified.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Home Energy Rating and Disclosure

Mandatory home energy rating and disclosure: Yes (new homes in Whitehorse)
Home energy labelling voluntary or pilot program: No 

The City of Whitehorse Building and Plumbing Bylaw requires an EnerGuide rating system label on all new homes, as of April 1, 2014.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Building Energy Rating and Disclosure

Mandatory large building energy rating and disclosure: No
Voluntary building benchmarking and transparency program: No

Last reviewed: August 2019

Appliance and Equipment Market Transformation

The Yukon government has provided support for cold-climate heat pump monitoring project (see Yukon, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Update, Jan 2016-June 2018, p. 10.)

Last reviewed: August 2019

Appliance and Equipment Standards

Yukon harmonizes with federally regulated energy-using products.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Efficiency Requirements for Government Supported Housing

No requirements identified.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Transportation See All

Policies tracked in the transporation area reflect the potential energy savings of closer integration of private transportation with buildings and electricity grids. 

Zero-Emission Vehicles Mandate

No information available.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Electric Vehicle Charging Program

As of November 2018, the Yukon has three charging stations, for the estimated 12 EVs in the territory. This includes a government purchased vehicle as part of an electric car pilot project.

Last reviewed: August 2019 

EV and PHEV Financial Incentives

No information available. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

“EV Ready” Building Code

No information available. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Industry See All

In recognition that the industrial sector is highly varied across Canada, this database tracks policies that are broadly applicable to all industrial subsectors and provinces.

Energy Management

No information available. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Co-generation / Combined Heat and Power

No information available. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

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