Calls to supply 32 MW of small scale projects in Saskatchewan

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Saskatchewan's government-owned monopoly utility has launched a request for expressions of interest to supply 32 MW of small-scale "environmentally preferred" power. The call is the second phase of SaskPower's plan to add 45 MW of low impact generation projects in the 25 kW to 25 MW size range to its supply mix. The utility plans to shortlist eligible projects and issue a formal request for proposals to their proponents this spring. Two wind power projects, 3.6 MW and 4.5 MW in size, were among three winning projects selected last year in the program's first phase. The third was a 5 MW heat recovery project. The utility is negotiating power purchase agreements with the three. The environmentally preferred power program is part of SaskPower's plans to meet new load growth with green power over the next few years. The utility is also constructing its 150 MW Rushlake Creek Wind Power Project in the southwest part of the province, which is expected online by the end of the year. The focus on renewables is part of Saskatchewan's climate change strategy. SaskPower produces half its electricity with coal and 28% with gas, generation sources that account for one quarter of all CO2 emitted in the province.

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