It’s all about balance
We’re committed to a diverse mix of supply options that include renewable and non-renewable sources. We understand that the development of cleaner generation is essential to the long-term success of our province, as is having the right mix of generation to ensure we can power the province efficiently.
To ensure our system is balanced, we have an appropriate mix of these types of electricity generation:
- Baseload — The minimum amount of electric power delivered or required over a given period of time at a steady rate. Baseload generating units provide electricity 24/7.
- Intermediate — These power plants meet demand during peak business hours of the week and colder months of the year.
- Intermittent — These facilities cannot be turned off and on to meet demand. Rather, they produce power when the fuel source is available, such as wind.
- Peaking — These generation units only operate at times of peak system demand, such as suppertime. They start up and shut down quickly.
Some supply options are best suited to meet baseload requirements, while others can be used to meet peak demand or serve as intermediate or intermittent generation sources. As we develop our plans for the future, we also consider potential partnerships, new technologies and efficiency programs as we develop a diverse power system for Saskatchewan. The right mix of generation options gives us the security of electricity supply that we all depend on.