Energy, Mines and Resources

Energy Branch / Energy Solutions Centre

Independent Power Production

The Yukon government has adopted a policy for independent power production. The goal of this policy is to support the participation of independent power producers in the development and expansion of environmentally sound and affordable electrical supply for customers while respecting the integrity of the existing electrical system.



The Government of Yukon released the Energy Strategy for Yukon in January 2009. The strategy sets out government’s energy priorities, strategies and actions. The draft Independent Power Production Policy is part of the strategy’s priority action to “update and develop a policy framework for electricity that emphasizes efficiency, conservation and renewable energy.” The policy facilitates purchase of electricity from independent power producers, and calls for the replacement of imported diesel fuel with Yukon’s oil and gas resources.

A discussion paper [  136KB] on net metering and IPP was released for public consultation between November 2009 and February 2010. Through that consultation, the public indicated clearly that there should be separate policies for net metering and IPP (read the summary of comments [ 81 KB]). The final version of the net metering policy, now called the Micro-generation Policy, was released on October 29, 2013. You can learn more on the Micro-generation page.

IPP is not about privatizing public utility assets; it is about providing opportunities for non-utility entities to generate new power that can assist the utilities in meeting the demand for affordable, reliable, flexible and clean electrical energy.

More background information can be found in the draft policy [ 339 KB]. This draft policy was distributed for review during a public consultation held from May 22 to August 29, 2014. This included a consultation open house held on June 25, 2014 in Whitehorse. Participants were asked to complete a response form [ 375 KB]. A summary of comments received during the public review of the draft Independent Power Production policy is found in the What We Heard document [ 1.4 MB].


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