SaskPower seeking applicants for 2019 Power Generation Partner Program
July 09, 2019
Between October 23 and November 1, 2019, SaskPower will accept applications for the Power Generation Partner Program (PGPP). Now entering its second year, the PGPP allows customers to generate renewable or carbon-neutral electricity and sell it to SaskPower.
“In addition to incentivizing renewable technologies, the PGPP helps SaskPower’s oil and gas customers to reduce their emissions and reduce their exposure to a federal carbon tax,” said the Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister Responsible for SaskPower. “The PGPP is yet another element supporting government’s Prairie Resilience climate change strategy and SaskPower’s goal of reducing carbon emissions 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.”
Eligible renewable technologies include solar, biomass, biogas, hydro and geothermal, with projects ranging from 100 kW up to 1 MW. Eligible carbon-neutral, non-renewable technologies include flare gas and waste heat recovery, with projects ranging from 100 kW up to 5 MW. There is an annual cap of 10 MW per year for renewable technologies and 25 MW per year for carbon neutral non-renewable technologies.
“We were encouraged by the response to the first call for applications in 2018, which resulted in the approval of 38 customer self-generation projects through the PGPP,” said Shawn Schmidt, SaskPower’s Vice-President of Distribution and Customer Services. “For this year we have updated the selection criteria to ensure the program is cost-effective and generation facilities will be located where they can be accommodated by existing substations.”
Projects will be placed into different “priority buckets” based on their location. Within those “priority buckets”, the projects will be prioritized based on the bid price starting with the lowest price. Order received will be used in the case of a tie-breaker.
More information about the Power Generation Partner Program can be found here.
At a glance...
- The window for applications into the PGPP is open from October 23 to November 1, 2019
- The PGPP will add 70 to 105 megawatts of renewable and carbon-neutral electricity to Saskatchewan’s generation mix over the next two to three years
- Visit SaskPower.com for more information
July 12, 2019 - Editor’s note: This news release has been updated to correct the dates for the application window.