SaskPower has committed to reducing electricity sector emissions by 40% through reaching 50% renewable electricity capacity by 2030. SaskPower is planning to move forward with utility scale solar power generation, which would include at least 60 MW of solar, with a competitive procurement beginning in 2016. This will be done through a series of 10 MW requests for proposals for solar, in order to reach 60 MW of solar by 2021. These RFPs will alternate between partnerships with First Nations, and with other communities. SaskPower estimates total solar could reach 100-300 MW by 2030.
Additonally, SaskPower has implemented several initiatives to reduce emissions from fossil fuel electricity generation and enhance the supply of renewables:
SaskPower 20+ Year Supply Plan (2012)
SaskPower’s current plan is to replace five conventional coal-burning generating units with either clean coal technology or natural gas generation, either of which would meet the established 420 t/GWh standard for new coal generating units.
Programs include flare gas power generation, small scale power production (biomass, landfill gas).
Customer Service Program
SaskPower Demand Side Management promotes energy efficiency.
10-year Wind Plan (2007)
SaskPower’s plan is to implement wind power by 100MW segments in 2019, 2021 and 2023.