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SaskPower to develop wind, solar and geothermal power to meet up to 50% renewable target

November 23, 2015

SaskPower is committed to reducing emissions for a more environmentally sustainable future, and today, Minister responsible for SaskPower Bill Boyd joined SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh to announce that the corporation has set a target to double the percentage of renewable electricity generation capacity in Saskatchewan by 2030. “An objective of 50 per cent […]

SaskPower launches new mobile training lab

November 16, 2015

Power Engineers are critical to the electricity industry across the country, and these specialized positions are difficult to recruit. SaskPower, in partnership with the Prairie South School Division, has launched a new tool to help young people in the province get the experience they need to fill these important roles. On Nov. 9, SaskPower launched […]

SaskPower completes $525 million expansion of Queen Elizabeth Power Station near Saskatoon

October 22, 2015

Today, SaskPower officially unveiled its newly commissioned “D Plant” at Saskatoon’s Queen Elizabeth Power Station. The $525 million project, delivered on time and on budget, adds 204 MW of capacity, or enough electricity to power more than 200,000 homes. Natural gas plays an important role in generating power in Saskatchewan, and with today’s announcement, it […]

Large piece of SaskPower equipment makes its way from Saskatoon to Estevan

September 14, 2015

From Sept. 14 to 18, a large piece of SaskPower equipment will be moved by truck from Biggar to Boundary Dam Power Station near Estevan, using secondary highways as much as possible. The move will also require several power lines to be temporarily lifted. Where possible, power will be rerouted to avoid outages. Localized power […]

BHP Billiton and SaskPower partner to accelerate CCS development

September 10, 2015

BHP Billiton and SaskPower today announced a partnership to accelerate the global development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology by sharing access to the data, information and lessons learned from SaskPower’s Boundary Dam facility – the world’s first full chain power sector CCS project. Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two […]

SaskPower to implement full 2015 rate increase effective September 1

August 21, 2015

Effective September 1, SaskPower is implementing the remaining two per cent of the full five per cent rate increase (system-wide average) for 2015 that was asked for and granted during the most recent rate application. The increase will amount to an additional $1.70 per month for residential customers. “Rate increases are needed to fund investments […]

Work underway to inspect wooden poles in the Yorkton, Humboldt and Melville areas

July 14, 2015

Inspection and maintenance of nearly 70,000 power poles will take place until September SaskPower has begun annual inspection and maintenance on its wood power poles in several areas of the province. This helps extend the life and maintain reliability, while curbing replacement costs in urban and rural areas. Work crews plan to inspect nearly 70,000 […]

SaskPower reducing outages in Regina with $10 million investment

July 10, 2015

The Albert Park Substation, critical power infrastructure which serves customers in south Regina, is now back in service after receiving a $10 million upgrade. The substation, which has been offline since Feb. 23, is expected to help reduce the size and duration of outages in south Regina, including the Harbour Landing, Albert Park, Lakeview and […]

Spam calls circulating to small businesses

July 2, 2015

SaskPower reminds customers to be suspicious of telephone callers who threaten to disconnect a customer’s power within the hour if they don’t transfer money immediately. Scam calls from a 1-800 or 1-866 prefix are currently circulating and seem to be targeting small businesses. In all cases the caller states that shutting off the power is […]

SaskPower launches Carbon Capture Test Facility

June 18, 2015

Unique lab offers direct access, practical data to global scientists and engineers SaskPower’s Carbon Capture Test Facility (CCTF) was officially launched today in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada. The launch was attended by representatives from approximately 20 countries that are part of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, a global group of policy-makers who meet biannually to discuss […]

New power plant site selected for province's southwest

June 12, 2015

The location for SaskPower’s next natural gas power plant has been chosen after an extensive site selection process that began in 2012. A 158-acre site near Swift Current will see the construction of an approximate 350-megawatt combined cycle natural gas plant when the project is complete in late 2019. “In our province, overall growth continues […]

SaskPower awarded top electrical industry honour

June 8, 2015

SaskPower’s Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage (CCS) project has won the 2015 Edison Award, the international electrical industry’s top honour. The award, given by the Edison Electric Institute, celebrates “distinguished leadership, innovation and contribution to the advancement of the electrical industry for the benefit of all.” ‟This honour belongs to everyone who has helped […]

SaskPower kicks off Environment Week

June 1, 2015

SaskPower is highlighting Environment Week (May 31-June 6) with activities to help customers save power, learn how we can continue to produce power in an environmentally sustainable way and dispose of their old appliances. ‟We know that power production can have an impact on our air, water and soil, and we work hard to reduce […]

SaskPower Regina Powerhouse recognized as a Historic Civil Engineering Site

May 29, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015 – The 101-year-old powerhouse on Wascana Lake, now home to SaskPower’s research facility and the Saskatchewan Science Centre, has been recognized by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) as an Historic Civil Engineering Site. “We’re equally excited and honoured for this recognition of a special piece of SaskPower and the […]

SaskPower kicks off free Fridge Recycling Program

May 19, 2015

SaskPower’s Fridge Recycling Program is back to help homes across Saskatchewan get rid of power-hungry appliances. Now in its fifth year, the program has collected more than 27,000 fridges and freezers, which can be replaced with updated appliances that consume up to four times less electricity. ‟Over the last five years, customers have helped us […]

Planned Power Outages – Regina

May 12, 2015

In order to improve the reliability of our power lines, SaskPower is doing maintenance to extend the life of underground cables over the next several weeks. This work will be happening in Regina, as follows: • Sherwood Estates – Monday, May 11 to Friday, May 15 • Argyle Park – Tuesday, May 12 to Tuesday, […]

Be safe working around power this spring

May 4, 2015

Saskatchewan’s farmers are starting to seed the land across the province, home improvement projects are underway and construction worksites are headed into full swing. At this busy time of year, SaskPower reminds everyone to follow job site safety requirements when working near power lines: Look up and live: Plan your work in advance and take […]

SaskPower investing in the environment and nature conservation

April 22, 2015

This Earth Day, and every other day of the year, SaskPower invests in environmental initiatives and nature conservation programs across Saskatchewan, from wetland conservation in the south to recycling in the north. “It’s really a part of everything we do here at SaskPower. Every project that generates or brings power to a home or business […]

SaskPower invests to support demand growth, renew aging grid

April 14, 2015

SaskPower made significant investments – $1.279 billion – into the province’s electrical grid in 2014, as aging infrastructure, increasing demand and changing environmental regulations continue to challenge the Crown corporation. SaskPower tabled its 2014 Annual Report in the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly today, reporting an operating income of $43 million in 2014 on over $2 billion […]

SaskPower makes list of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers

March 31, 2015

2015 marks 8th consecutive year on national list Today, SaskPower joined the list of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2015 for the eighth consecutive year. The grouping of well-known corporate names recognizes employers that have championed workplace diversity and inclusiveness through a range of programming and initiatives for five employee groups: women; members of visible […]

Congratulations Saskatchewan! Electricity use dropped approx. 9% for Earth Hour

March 29, 2015

Province saw 110 megawatt reduction on Saturday night SaskPower is pleased to report that people across the province combined their efforts during Earth Hour to bring an average drop of 110 megawatts (MW) in electricity consumption on Saturday night. “Every watt of electricity that the people of Saskatchewan save is a watt we don’t have […]

SaskPower and Saskatoon Police join forces to tackle problem of copper theft from electrical sites

March 26, 2015

There’s a growing appetite in Saskatchewan for stolen copper, and the demand is a worry for both SaskPower and provincial police forces. “SaskPower continues to see cases of copper theft from our substations and other facilities,” said Sean McKim, Director of Enterprise Security at SaskPower. “Thieves are placing themselves and SaskPower employees at serious risk. […]

SaskPower encourages Saskatchewan to power down lights this Earth Hour

March 24, 2015

SaskPower encourages residents to conserve power during Earth Hour this Saturday, and every day with our energy-saving tips and programs. “Saskatchewan people clearly recognize the value of taking steps to reduce their power consumption and as a result, pay less on their bills,” said Janson Anderson, Director of Customer Programs. “Our numbers show that customers […]

New wind power ready to add to SaskPower grid

March 10, 2015

SaskPower is ready to connect 23 new megawatts of wind power to the grid after completing a 14-kilometre transmission line and a new substation in southwest Saskatchewan. The completion of the power line near Morse means that SaskPower is ready to deliver power from Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. when the company’s independent wind power […]

CCS performance data exceeding expectations at world-first Boundary Dam Power Station Unit #3

February 11, 2015

Today, SaskPower released preliminary performance numbers for the operation of Unit #3 at Boundary Dam Power Station, the world’s first coal-fired commercial power plant equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. Named one of National Geographic magazine’s 10 Energy Breakthroughs of 2014 That Could Change Your Life , the plant now has over 130 […]