Yukon Energy's diesel generators too loud, says Whitehorse woman


A jet engine. That’s what Yukon Energy’s diesel generators sound like, if you ask Jane Maxwell.

The Whitehorse resident has lived in the city’s Riverdale neighbourhood for three years. She didn’t notice the noise until the pandemic hit and she found herself working from her home, close to the river where Yukon Energy’s dam, and generators, are located. 

Andrew Hall, president and CEO of Yukon Energy, says low water levels that spring meant the company relied more heavily on its generators. He says resident complaints triggered a noise assessment in 2020. 

Maxwell says the noise is annoying, but she understands the need for it. 

“We love our neighbourhood. We love being close to the river,” she said.

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