Wind dominates SaskPower tender for 32 MW

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Wind power projects dominate the list of proposals in SaskPower's call for 32 MW of small scale "environmentally preferred" power. The government-owned utility issued a request for proposals last May for low-impact generation projects in the 25 kW to 25 MW size range. A total of 17 project proposals were submitted totalling just over 241 MW of potential electrical generation, including 13 wind power projects with a combined capacity of 224 MW. The utility expects to sign contracts with the winners by the end of 2006. The request for proposals is the second phase of SaskPower's Environmentally Preferred Power program (EPP), designed to add up to 45 MW to its supply mix. Two wind power projects, 3.6 MW and 4.5 MW in size, were among three winning projects selected in the first phase. For the second phase, the size limit was increased from 5 MW to 25 MW after developers argued that larger projects bring better economies of scale. "The EPP program is not only helping to fulfil our objective to meet projected load requirements in an environmentally responsible way without adding additional greenhouse gases, it is proving that we can diversify our generation mix, incorporating smaller and privately owned projects," says SaskPower CEO Pat Youzwa.

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