Sell electricity as an Independent Power Producer

Businesses who generate electricity using renewable energy sources can sell it to Yukon’s utilities under the Independent Power Production Policy.

Projects can become independent power producers, also known as IPPs, through the Standing Offer Program.

Program overview

Under the Standing Offer Program, the project's capacity must be between 30 kilowatts and 2,000 kilowatts.

There is an annual limit of electricity purchased by the utilities from independent power producers. Your project must fit within the available yearly allotment of electricity generation:

  Annual limit Currently available Price
Yukon Integrated System (grid) 20,000 megawatt hours per year 9,600 megawatt hours per year $0.1584 per kilowatt hour
Watson Lake 2,100 megawatt hours per year 2,100 megawatt hours per year ​$0.2268 per kilowatt hour

Due to the small size of their electrical load, projects located in Old Crow, Burwash Landing/Destruction Bay, and Beaver Creek are not eligible for the Standing Offer Program. These projects could be eligible under other government renewable energy programs. Contact the Energy Branch to discuss options.

Become an Independent Power Producer

Establishing your business as an independent power producer under the Standing Offer Program includes major steps including:

  • preliminary eligibility and feasibility assessment;
  • Yukon Environment and Socio-economic Assessment Board approval, if required;
  • system interconnection study;
  • applying for and signing an Electricity Purchase Agreement with the utilities; and,
  • obtaining any required permits for development.

The Standing Offer Program Rules outline the full process.


The first step is to meet with the Energy Branch to discuss your project and ensure you understand the process before you begin your application.​

Contact the Energy Branch to arrange a meeting:
In person: 206A Lowe Street (across from Riverside Grocery), Whitehorse, Yukon. We are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
By phone: 867-393-7063 or toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 7063.
Email: IPPAdministrator@gov.yk.ca

Forms and additional information

There are several forms and additional information you will need to apply to become an independent power producer. These documents are also available on the Yukon Energy and ATCO Electric Yukon websites:

Standing Offer Program limits

There is an annual limit of electricity purchased by the utilities from independent power producers. The available generation changes as projects are approved or confirmed or as energy demand changes.

For the Yukon Integrated System (grid) as of July 8, 2019:

Total annual limit: 20,000 megawatt hours per year
Projects confirmed: 10,600 megawatt hours per year
Projects awaiting approval: 0 megawatt hours per year
Available: 9,400 megawatt hours per year

For Watson Lake as of July 8, 2019:

Total annual limit: 2,100 megawatt hours per year
Projects confirmed: 0 megawatt hours per year
Projects awaiting approval: 0 megawatt hours per year
Available: 2,100 megawatt hours per year

 

Other ways to develop an independent power production project

Under the Independent Power Production Policy, there are 2 additional ways to develop an independent power production project:

Unsolicited proposals
The unsolicited proposal process is primarily for projects outside of Whitehorse. Generation projects can be proposed to the community’s utility at any time. The utility decides if they accept the project based on discussions with the proponent. The Government of Yukon can assist in these discussions.

Call for power
In the future, if there is a need for new electrical generation above the Standing Offer Program limits, Yukon Energy may release a Call for Power to incorporate large-scale projects into Yukon’s electrical system.

Read the Independent Power Production Policy to understand more about these processes.