The Atlin Hydro Expansion Project in Canada is set to benefit from a $32.2 million investment from the Canadian Government through the Low Carbon Economy Fund.

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, announced the funds had been awarded to Tlingit Homeland Energy Limited Partnership for the project, which will expand the existing Indigenous-owned and operated 2MW hydropower facility in Atlin British Columbia by an additional 8.5MW of winter energy, and export this new power to Yukon’s grid through a new transmission line.

“Investing in clean energy reduces pollution, creates jobs, and supports energy independence for communities across Canada,” said Minister Wilkinson. “The Government of Canada is committed to working with the provincial and territorial governments to deliver clean energy in every region across Canada.”

Natural Resources Canada has committed up to $50 million through the Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program, and will continue working with Tlingit Homeland Energy LP to advance their project application. In the Government of Yukon’s 2022 Budget, the Yukon government has committed $50 million over the next five years toward the Atlin Hydro Expansion Project, including $15 million for the project this year. 

“The Atlin Hydro Expansion Project is a priority for the Yukon government and is a significant step in moving the Yukon and Northern British Columbia toward a sustainable, greener energy system,” said The Honourable Sandy Silver, Premier of Yukon. “I look forward to establishing a reliable and diverse supply of renewable winter energy made in the North that will advance our climate goals as a territory and provide Yukoners with affordable energy for generations to come.”