Growing Saskatchewan’s Renewable Energy Portfolio
Saskatchewan has a tremendous untapped wind energy resource, a fact the provincial government recognized in 2015 when it unveiled a plan to significantly expand wind energy in the province. The province’s plan is driven by the recognition that wind energy is a low-cost, emission-free way to meet demand and diversify Saskatchewan’s supply mix.
The Saskatchewan government’s commitment to renewable resources was reaffirmed in December 2017, when the province released its Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy which targets cutting power sector greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.
The province currently has 221 megawatts (MW) of installed wind energy capacity, about three per cent of installed generation capacity. In 2018, the Ministry of Environment approved the 177 MW Blue Hill Wind Energy Project and SaskPower announced that it had signed a power purchase agreement with Potentia Renewables for its 200 MW Golden South Wind Energy Facility. Both facilities are expected to be operational in 2021 and will more than double Saskatchewan’s installed wind energy capacity.
Saskatchewan’s most recent procurement was a highly competitive process, which attracted widespread interest from the wind energy industry. The average price of all 29 bids was $37.50 per megawatt hour, with the winning bid coming in well below that. This ensures low-cost electricity supply for Saskatchewan ratepayers and creates significant economic benefits for the province and for communities that host wind energy projects.
Support for wind energy in Saskatchewan
Public opinion polling in Saskatchewan in 2018 showed overwhelming support for the development of wind energy with 84 per cent of respondents supporting policies that encourage the development of wind energy in Saskatchewan and 78 per cent supporting the development of wind farms near their communities.
Wind by the numbers in Saskatchewan (August 2018)
Number of installations: 7
Number of Wind Turbines: 143
Total Installed Capacity (MW): 221 MW
Average Turbine Capacity (MW): 1.55 MW
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- In October 2018, SaskPower announced the successful proponent for the province’s latest utility-scale wind power project. Check out CanWEA’s News Release: SaskPower contract award confirms the value of wind energy as the province moves to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the economy.
- Learn more about Saskatchewan’s specific standards and guidelines that wind energy developers must undertake as part of the environmental assessment process in CanWEA’s blog: Protecting wildlife and their habitats the goal for Saskatchewan’s new wind energy adaptive management guideline.
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