SaskPower Partners with First Nations Power Authority to Engage on Future Supply Options to Achieve Net-Zero by 2050

July 28, 2021

SaskPower has partnered with the First Nations Power Authority (FNPA) to build on their longstanding partnership to engage with Indigenous peoples and communities across Saskatchewan on the future of the power system as SaskPower works to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

“SaskPower is beginning extensive engagement and consultation on its power future, a future that has SaskPower achieving net-zero emissions by 2050,” said Mike Marsh, President and CEO of SaskPower. “SaskPower is on track to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 and is now preparing for a future beyond 2030. Engaging with Indigenous peoples of Saskatchewan is critical to this future.”

As part of this transition, SaskPower is engaging on existing and emerging power supply options and the role they could play in achieving net-zero emissions in Saskatchewan by 2050. Options being considered include natural gas, hydro, wind, solar, large scale battery storage, coal with carbon capture and storage (CCS), electricity imports, geothermal, biomass, and nuclear power from small modular reactors (SMRs).

Federal legislation requires that conventional coal-fired generation be retired by 2030, creating an opportunity to move SaskPower into a new era of supply options for electrical generation.

“We are proud of the long history FNPA has had with SaskPower,” said Guy Lonechild, President and CEO of First Nations Power Authority. “Saskatchewan’s power future is very exciting, and it’s crucial that the Indigenous peoples of Saskatchewan have a voice in this future – and we look forward to helping capture that voice.”

FNPA will facilitate multiple engagement sessions on the future of Saskatchewan’s power system, which will include discussions about all potential supply options. These sessions will begin on September 8 and run through to September 30. All interested Indigenous peoples and communities are encouraged sign up.

For more information about these engagement sessions, and SaskPower’s plans for a sustainable power future, visit saskpower.com/futuresupply

At a glance...

  • SaskPower has partnered with First Nations Power Authority (FNPA) to engage with Indigenous peoples about Saskatchewan’s power future
  • SaskPower and FNPA have a long history of working together
  • Engagement sessions begin September 8 and run until September 30
  • More information is available at saskpower.com/futuresupply

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