FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2021
WHITEHORSE – While the Liberal government throws away millions of dollars – $6.65 million last year alone – on renting diesel generators in the hopes of transitioning to more renewable energy sources, they are doubling-down on their addiction to diesel by spending tens of millions of dollars on permanent diesels.
Earlier this week, the Liberals confirmed they would be spending $45 million on permanent diesel generators.
From Hansard on November 2, 2021:
Mr. Dixon: Just to confirm, as I may have missed the last piece there, the total cost there was $45 million that the government is investing in permanent diesels in the Yukon?
Hon. Mr. Streicker: Yes, Deputy Chair; again, the Yukon’s grid is not connected to any of the provincial grids. We have what is referred to as an “islanded” grid. What that means is that we have to be ready, should some of our infrastructure go down — either the transmission line or one of our large hydro facilities — and that’s why we have backup diesels on hand. This is referring to those backup diesels, yes.
Those backup diesels — the cost for the project over the next several years — for all of that replacement and/or refurbishment — is in the range of $45 million.