Sask. looking for power generation partners

Bailey Sutherland, Daily Herald

Between October 23 and November 1, Saskpower will be seeking applicants for their second year of the Power Generation Partner Program. The program is for customers who would like to generate renewable or carbon-based electricity and sell it to Saskpower. Different types of acceptable energy include solar, biomass, biogas, hydro, and geothermal, with projects ranging from 100 kW to 1 MW. Eligible carbon-neutral, non-renewable technologies include flare gas and waste heat recovery, with projects ranging from 100 kW up to 5 MW. There is an annual cap of 10 MW per year for renewable technologies and 25 MW per year for carbon neutral non-renewable technologies.

“In addition to incentivizing renewable technologies, the PGPP helps SaskPower’s oil and gas customers to reduce their emissions and reduce their exposure to a federal carbon tax,” said Dustin Duncan in a press release, minister responsible for SaskPower. “The PGPP is yet another element supporting government’s Prairie Resilience climate change strategy and SaskPower’s goal of reducing carbon emissions 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.”

Projects are first categorized by location, than priority is given based on bid price, starting with the lowest bid. In case of a tie, order received will be used to decide.

“We were encouraged by the response to the first call for applications in 2018, which resulted in the approval of 38 customer self-generation projects through the PGPP,” said Shawn Schmidt in a press release, SaskPower’s Vice-President of Distribution and Customer Services. “For this year we have updated the selection criteria to ensure the program is cost-effective and generation facilities will be located where they can be accommodated by existing substations.”

More information regarding the Power Generation Partner Program can be found at

This is a corrected story. The original dates provided by SaskPower were incorrect.