SaskPower has announced its new Power Generation Partner Program (PGPP), replacing its previous Small Power Producers program and the Flare Gas Power Generation program.
The new program will provide SaskPower with additional sources of electricity and contribute to the province’s climate change strategy, while also offering the province’s industrial and resource sectors another way to reduce their environmental footprint.
“This program will help SaskPower achieve its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 by adding up to 105 megawatts of renewable and carbon-neutral electrical generation,” said Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan’s Minister Responsible for SaskPower, in a media release. “This is part of our commitment in Prairie Resilience and is another example of real action on climate change without imposing a harmful carbon tax on the people and the industries in Saskatchewan.”
The PGPP allows customers to develop power generation projects to sell electricity to SaskPower.
Every year, the PGPP will accept up to 10 megawatts (MW) of renewable generation, like solar, and 25 MW of carbon neutral non-renewable generation, such as flare gas. Maximum project sizes are now 1 MW for renewable projects, up from 100 kilowatts, and 5 MW for carbon neutral non-renewable technologies, up from 1 MW.
The PGPP is a two-year program, with the option to extend it to three. Applications will be accepted on an annual basis. This year’s application window runs from November 15 to 30.
“We know there is a rapidly growing interest in customer self-generation and we also know that our oil and gas customers are keenly interested in finding ways to harness flare gas and improve their emissions profiles,” SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh said in the release. “This is the result of extensive consultations with both the solar and oil and gas industries. I thank everyone who participated for helping us ensure this program better reflects the needs of our customers.”
For more detailed information on the Power Generation Partner Program, as well as consultation summaries and the full solar consultation report, visit www.saskpower.com.