Saskatchewan demo project

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Publicly owned Saskatchewan Power Corporation (SaskPower) of Canada says it will go ahead with a 3 MW demonstration wind plant later this year, despite the provincial government's unwillingness to sponsor other non-utility power projects. The utility expects to issue a revised request for proposals for 3 MW of wind power soon, with selection in the fall, says wind power project manager Ramaiah Divi. The RFP will be sent only to those proponents who competed in SaskPower's previous wind power solicitation, which was terminated after bids closed in February 1992.

In late February, plans to select a 25 MW non utility generation (NUG) project were postponed by the government. But SaskPower is following the example of Hydro Quebec, which says it will continue wind power development even while down-sizing or cancelling other independent power projects. Saskatchewan minister Doug Anguish argues that the province does not need more generating capacity. But Jake Brooks of the Independent Power Producers' Society of Ontario says: "When will utilities realise that non utility generation reduces consumer cost exposure and helps ensure that an indigenous industry will thrive?"

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