SaskPower plans more wind, solar, geothermal to boost renewable power sources
REGINA – SaskPower says it’s going to develop wind, solar and geothermal power so that 50 per cent of power will come from renewable sources by 2030.
SaskPower CEO Mike Marsh calls it a directional target and says details about where wind or solar facilities might be located still have to be worked out.
About 30 per cent of power capacity could come from wind by 2030, but that doesn’t necessarily mean wind will produce 30 per cent of Saskatchewan’s power.
Marsh says wind is an intermittent power source and can only be counted on about 40 per cent of the time.
Bill Boyd, minister responsible for SaskPower, says the utility will still use coal and look to carbon capture to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Just three per cent of Saskatchewan’s power was wind generated last year, while 44 per cent came from coal.
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