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Yukon Energy boss to retire by year’s end

Yukon Energy president David Morrison plans to retire by the end of the year.

By Chuck Tobin on January 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm

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DAVE MORRISON

Yukon Energy president David Morrison plans to retire by the end of the year.

Yukon Energy spokeswoman Janet Patterson sent out notice of Morrison’s pending retirement on Friday, in advance of a newspaper ad inviting applications to serve as president and CEO of the publicly owned electrical utility.

Morrison was recruited in 2003 by the Yukon Party early in the party’s first of three consecutive mandates.

He arrived as the new Mayo-to-Dawson City transmission line inherited by the Yukon Party from the short-lived Liberal government was mired in delays and legal issues.

In her notice, Patterson points out that during his tenure so far, Morrison has increased Yukon Energy’s renewable generating capacity by 15 per cent with the construction of the Mayo B facility and the addition of a third turbine at the Aishihik hydro plant.

It was under his leadership that the transmission line was extended from Carmacks to Pelly Crossing to provide a link to the Minto Mine.

The second phase saw the extension carried on to Stewart Crossing, resulting in a unified grid by tying the Mayo-Dawson line to the Whitehorse-Aishihik-Faro system.

Under Morrison’s direction, on the other hand, Yukon Energy has been accused of being shortsighted by not putting more emphasis on new alternative forms of energy, particularly wind generation.

The Crown corporation’s current proposal to begin switching its old diesel generators for new units powered by natural gas has also sparked the ire of many.

Some have suggested Yukon Energy’s $34-million move to natural gas fits nicely with a hidden agenda by the Yukon Party to advance the oil and gas industry in the territory and develop a local supply of natural gas.

A corporate recruitment agency has been retained by Yukon Energy’s board of directors to handle the application process. The deadline is Feb. 14.

Applications for Morrison’s job are being sent to a corporate recruitment company. The deadline is Feb. 14.

By Chuck Tobin
Star Reporter

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