SaskPower's recent call for 15 MW of "environmentally preferred" generation has prompted nearly 170 MW of project proposals, including 58.7 MW of wind. "The response to this program has been remarkable," says Frank Quennell, the Saskatchewan government minister responsible for the Crown utility. SaskPower released a request for expressions of interest in the autumn and received 52 wind, biomass, biogas, solar, low-impact hydro, flare gas and heat recovery projects that met its criteria. The utility expects to issue a formal request for proposals early this year. Projects will be chosen by spring, with power deliveries to start in 2005. It plans to release similar solicitations each year for the next two years for a total of 45 MW of new generation projects in the 25 kW to 5 MW range. The initiative is part of the utility's plan to meet new load growth over the next few years with green power, part of its climate change strategy. SaskPower currently produces half of its electricity with coal and another 28% with gas generation sources that together account for one quarter of all CO2 emitted in the province.
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