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Hydro is our largest renewable energy source. We have 8 power plants throughout Saskatchewan.
 

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Hydro's made by flowing water that turns turbines to create power. Power production relies on water flow. Low water years can affect the power supply.

There are 2 types of hydroelectric power plants:

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Reservoir stations store and manage water flow with a dam. Water flows through the dam and can be adjusted like a tap to generate the amount of power needed.

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Run-of-River stations have little or no storage. The water flows through a tube and produces electricity that’s sent back to the river. The amount of power that’s produced depends on the river flow.

Dependability

High reliability

Hydro is a reliable source of energy as it uses flowing water as fuel.

Cost

Medium cost rating

As a renewable energy source it’s a cost-effective way to power our province.

Emissions

Low environmental impact

With no direct waste and lower greenhouse gases, hydro has a low impact on the environment. But, special care must be made for wildlife habitats and aquatic ecosystems.

Now

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20% of our total power capacity in Saskatchewan comes from hydro.

Future

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We’re looking into more ways to expand how much hydro we have in the system, including imports.

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