Governments Celebrate Completion of Carmacks-Stewart Transmission Line Project

Whitehorse, Yukon, June 17, 2011 — With the push of a button, the Governments of Canada and Yukon and the Yukon Energy Corporation officially joined Yukon's two major transmission grids today. This marks the completion of the second stage of the Carmacks-Stewart Transmission Project and a major phase of the overall Yukon Green Energy Legacy Project.

"With Stage 2 of the Carmacks-Stewart Transmission Project complete, Yukoners will benefit from access to additional sources of renewable power," said Mr. Ryan Leef, MP for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "Our government is proud to support projects such as this, which improve the quality of the environment and lead to more sustainable economies."

"Yukon's partnership with the federal government led to the Carmacks-Stewart Transmission Project becoming a reality," Premier Darrell Pasloski said. "This clean energy project brought jobs and investments to Yukon, while its completion will mean long-term economic growth and environmental improvements."

"This project would not have been possible without the support of the federal and Yukon governments," Yukon Energy president David Morrison said. "Their financial contributions are integral to our goal of finding energy sources that are reliable, affordable, environmentally responsible, and flexible enough to meet the changing needs of Yukon."

Stage 2 of the Carmacks-Stewart transmission line connects the Whitehorse-Aishihik-Faro and Mayo-Dawson grids. It enables Yukon Energy Corporation to manage its assets as one integrated system, creating greater efficiencies and allowing for better use of hydro resources.

In addition to the Carmacks-Stewart transmission line, the Yukon Green Energy Legacy Project also includes enhancements to the Mayo B hydro generation facility. Scheduled for completion by the end of this year, it involves building a new powerhouse downstream from the existing one and significantly reducing greenhouse gases from energy production.

The estimated cost of the entire Yukon Green Energy Legacy Project is $160 million. The Government of Canada has committed up to $71 million through the Green Infrastructure Fund. The remainder is being provided by the Yukon government through the Yukon Development Corporation and the Yukon Energy Corporation. The project also offers investment opportunities to the local First Nations.

This investment also supports the Government of Canada's integrated Northern Strategy that is focused on strengthening Canada's sovereignty, protecting our environmental heritage, promoting economic and social development as well as improving and devolving governance.

The Green Infrastructure Fund supports sustainable energy generation and transmission, along with municipal wastewater and solid waste management infrastructure.

Across all of its funds, Infrastructure Canada has now committed $11 billion toward approximately 6,400 infrastructure projects as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. When combined with the contributions of our funding partners, there is over $31 billion committed to infrastructure projects across the country.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit Canada's Economic Action Plan. For more information on Government of Canada investments in infrastructure, visit Creating Jobs.

For further information contact:

Vanessa Schneider
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
613-991-0700

Janet Patterson
Supervisor, Communication
Yukon Energy Corporation
867-393-5333
janet.patterson@yec.yk.ca

Brianne Young
Cabinet Communications
Government of Yukon
867-633-7949
brianne.young@gov.yk.ca

Infrastructure Canada
613-948-1148
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154

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