December 16, 2014 - The Yukon government is introducing a new energy incentive program to help Yukoners improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions: the Good Energy Residential Incentives Program.
By Anthony Capkun
“The Yukon government is actively contributing to incentive programs in order to encourage energy conservation and efficient energy use,” Scott Kent, minister of energy, mines and resources. “The new [program] helps Yukoners make their homes more comfortable, improve energy efficiency and make household energy bills more affordable.”
The program builds on the ongoing Good Energy Rebate programs, and will offer an incentive to the cover capital costs of micro-generation projects. Products qualifying under this new program include:
• heat-recovery ventilators
• Energy Star windows and doors
• solar, wind, hydro, biomass
• geothermal energy generators
This new program is a three-year pilot project in effect from January 1, 2015, to March 31, 2017. $1.4 million from the Northern Housing Trust will enable the new initiative.
The Good Energy Rebate program will continue to provide incentives for the purchase of high-efficiency home heating systems and appliances. The government says that, since 2007, the Good Energy Rebate program has delivered over 10,000 rebates to Yukon residents, saving 17 million kWh of energy and resulting in a cost savings of $15.3 million.