I am pleased to present the 2017 Yukon Energy Annual Report.
This was a year of highs and lows for the Corporation. On the positive side, we celebrated our 30th anniversary, marking this milestone with a series of public events. We were also honoured to become the first northern utility, and only the fifth in Canada, to receive a Sustainable Electricity Company™ designation from the Canadian Electricity Association.
However it was also a difficult year for us, after the sudden deaths of two of our employees and a third former staff member who had only recently retired. While none of the deaths occurred on the job, it does not make the loss any less tragic.
Through it all, our team of professional and dedicated employees and Board of Directors continued to work extremely hard to serve Yukoners every day. We strive for excellence in everything we do…from delivering affordable, reliable and sustainable power to attracting and retaining a skilled and engaged workforce and to our respect for the environment and for the communities and people we serve.
We hope you see these values reflected in this 2017 annual report.
President and CEO
In 2017, Yukon Energy staff, management, and board members were involved in an exercise to update the company's mission, values, and vision. We believe these statements better reflect our philosophy, goals and aspirations.
To establish a sustainable legacy for Yukon's future
To enable Yukon's prosperity with sustainable, cost-effective and reliable electricity
Good Corporate Citizenship
Kells Boland, Chair
2017 Board of Directors members. Christian Kuntz Photography
Erin Stehlin, Chair
Human Resources and Compensation Committee
Wendy Shanks, Chair
Planning and Governance Committee
Kells Bolland, Chair
1 of a few isolated grids in North America
3 hydro stations
1 backup LNG plant
4 backup diesel generating stations
1,100 kilometres of power lines
12,000 power poles
Longest wooden fish ladder in the world
$45.0 million in 2017 sales
133 megawatt generating capacity
2017 Generation by Month
92.69 megawatts, new all-time peak set on December 30, 2017
Total Power Outages
Outages per Customer
66 employees received close to 2,000 hours of training in 2017
2 people completed apprenticeships
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
Heavy Equipment and Truck and Transport Technician
1 person completed his apprenticeship equivalent
Systems Control Centre Operator
6 retirements in 2017
9.5 years is the average length of service
Sadly, there were three sudden (non-work-related) deaths in our Yukon Energy family. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Justin Kolla, Rick Falbo, and Sulem Darami.
Achieve All Injury Frequency Rate of 1.0 or less
For 2017 Yukon Energy had an All Injury Frequency Rate of 5.1, compared to 6.1 in 2016 and 6.2 in 2015. We are trending in the right direction and striving to do better in 2018.
Achieve Motor Vehicle Accident Frequency Rate of 4 or less
For 2017 Yukon Energy had a motor vehicle accident frequency rate of 13.4, up from 5.0 in both 2015 and 2016. We are concerned about this statistic and are working with our staff to make significant improvements in 2018.
Achieve 10 or less controllable outages
We had 16 controllable outages in 2017, compared to 9 in 2016 and 16 in 2015.
Achieve a Return on Equity of 8.82 percent
Goal achieved. We expect a Return on Equity for 2017 of 9.15 percent.
Confirm funding and construction plan of Stewart Keno Transmission Line Project
Target federal funds were identified and funding applications are planned for 2018.
Complete major overhaul of our Whitehorse Hydro #4 unit on time, on budget ($4.3M)
Goal achieved. This project was completed on time and below budget.
Develop and launch updated Asset Management Program
Place order for 3rd engine to expand capacity of LNG backup power plant
Goal achieved. The engine was ordered in September 2017.
Launch Independent Power Producers Standing Offer Program in collaboration with ATCO Electric Yukon
There was a delay as we worked with the Yukon government on this program. The target is to launch the initiative in early 2019.
Achieve an All Injury Rate of 1 or less
Achieve a Motor Vehicle Accident Rate of 0
Achieve 10 or fewer controllable outages
Achieve a Return on Equity of 7.35 percent
Complete LNG 3rd Engine Project on time and on budget
Complete 2018 scope of Transmission Refurbishment Project on time and on budget
Develop and implement Generation Resource Management process
Complete key deliverables for Year 1 of the Asset Management Program
Confirm path forward for addressing long-term energy capacity requirement
Develop expanded Demand Side Management Program
Submit Aishihik Relicensing YESAB application with support from the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
Completed a major overhaul of our largest Whitehorse hydro unit (known as the Fourth Wheel)
Developed an updated Asset Management Program, which is allowing us to manage our assets and systems in an integrated and optimized way, and is providing a key link between operational requirements and strategic decision making.
Completed Year 1 of electrical and controls upgrades at our Aishihik hydro facility.
Placed order for 3rd engine to expand capacity of LNG backup power plant.
Finalized 2016 Resource Plan and submitted to the Yukon Utilities Board for review.
Received continued positive response to our inCharge rebate programs. In 2017 Yukoners received more than 3,600 rebates on LED lights and block heater timers. We also provided 30 smart learning thermostats to customers with central electric heating systems, and distributed 500 energy saving kits to customers. The inCharge website was translated into French.
Provided more than 270 safety orientations to staff and over 100 contractors
67% of our employees participated in our corporate wellness program
Began work with the Village of Mayo to install an early warning siren in the community to alert residents in the event of a dam breach
Participated in a test of our LNG emergency response plan
There was a participation rate in 2017 of 88% among employees attending safety meetings
Provided safety education as a part of school tours at our facilities
Presented with a Sustainable Electricity Company™ designation; only the fifth utility in Canada to receive this recognition and the first in Northern Canada
Filed an application to our regulator, the Yukon Utilities Board, for the first rate increase since 2013.
Signed an agreement with Victoria Gold for the supply of grid power to the Eagle Gold Mine near Mayo. The agreement was filed with the Yukon Utilities Board in November for review.
Secondary sales: customers connected to our SCADA system include the Yukon Law Courds, Holy Family School in Whitehorse, and J.V. Clark School in Mayo.
stewardship and biodiversity
First Nation partnerships
Continued to work with the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) to co-manage the Aishihik re-licensing process. The relationship between Yukon Energy and CAFN was strengthened when six staff members participated in an Aishihik culture camp in August.
Continued engagement with Carcross/Tagish First Nation (CTFN) and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) on the proposed Southern Lakes Enhancement project. CTFN has indicated its support to move to the next phase of planning and to prepare a Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board project proposal.
Worked towards completion of a First Nation Recruitment Policy, a First Nations Engagement Register, and a First Nations Procurement Policy. With support of the Yukon Chamber of Commerce and individual First Nations, Yukon Energy launched an online First Nations business directory.
Continued to work with the First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun (NND) to secure a Project Agreement for the Stewart to Keno City Transmission Line project. This includes a Trappers Compensation Agreement that is awaiting signature by NND.
Continued to engage with various First Nations as they work towards becoming potential Independent Power Producers.
Provided $85,000 to more
than 40 community groups
(money taken from profits; rates are not impacted).
Forty-five staff and board members raised more than $10,000 for the 2017 United Way Campaign. Yukon Energy was the largest business contributor this year.
Long-time supporter of the Association of Yukon Communities Sustainability Award.
Our staff volunteered at the Whitehorse Food Bank, Yukon River Trail Marathon, Yukon Energy Dempster to Dawson Solstice Run, and the Faro Sheep and Crane Festival among others
Provided scholarships to three deserving Yukoners:
Alex Hanson - $3,000
Aiden Bradley - $3,000
Sean Balsillie - $3,000