With new records for power use being set every year, and increasing demand for power by customers, SaskPower is continuing to plan for the future supply of electricity in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.
Recently, two major steps in that future plans were announced: the beginning of a competitive procurement process to add wind power to the mix, and site considerations for a possible natural gas plant.
“We’re committed to making sure our province has the power it needs, when it needs it,” said Gordon Wyant, Minister Responsible for SaskPower. “The addition of wind projects will help us reach our goal of up to 50% of power from renewable sources by 2030.”
SaskPower has begun the competitive process to buy up to 200 MW from independent power producers. The Request for Qualification Stage is underway, with the Request for Proposal stage beginning later this year. The Ministry of Environment’s recently released Wildlife Siting Guidelines for Saskatchewan Wind Energy Projects will be used to help proponents identify suitable sites.
It’s expected the project will be in service in late 2020. This new wind generation will support SaskPower’s goals of increasing the amount of power in the generation mix from around 5% today to up to 30% in 2030.
More information on the province’s Renewable Roadmap can be found here.
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