Learn about geothermal energy in the Yukon

Geothermal energy refers to heat generated inside the Earth. We can use the heat as a source of energy. Geothermal energy is underground because the Earth’s core radiates heat deep beneath the surface.

Geothermal energy is also called:

  • Earth energy; or
  • green heat.

Harnessing geothermal energy

There are a variety of uses for geothermal energy, such as:

  • spas;
  • greenhouses;
  • aquaculture systems;
  • building heating systems; and
  • generating electricity.

We're developing legislation to administer and regulate the Yukon's geothermal resource sector.

We've engaged with the public on developing geothermal resources legislation. To find out more, go to the engagement page.

Geological research on geothermal energy

Yukon Geological Survey is responsible for geological research in the territory, including research to understand the Yukon’s geothermal potential.

Find geology publications and data, including information about geothermal research.

See renewable energy data in the Yukon.

Using other sources of ground heat

While the Earth is heated from within, the ground can also absorb and store heat from the sun. This leaves the ground a consistent temperature in the summer and winter.

You can use this to heat and cool your home or building. The system used to do this is called a ground-source heat pump. It’s easier to access than geothermal energy as it’s closer to the Earth’s surface. Ground-source heat pumps are sometimes referred to as geoexchange systems.

You can apply for Good Energy rebates to install a heat pump in:

You must complete an energy assessment of your home or building to qualify for the Good Energy rebates. The energy assessment will provide you with recommendations on which heating system will work best for your home or building.