We built our power grid over 50 years ago. But as technology changes and the need for cleaner power increases, our aging system won't be able to keep up.
Our current power grid uses one-way communication. This means we send power to your home or business and rely on you or our staff to read your meter. We also rely on you to tell us when there’s a power outage in your neighbourhood.
One day, in the future you may want to generate your own power from solar or wind. Smart grid technology will make it possible to connect a lot more solar and wind to the grid. It'll help us know where our power's coming from and where more’s needed. It will also tell us when there’s an outage in your area and let us fix it faster.
Smart meters are one of the building blocks of a smart power future. With them, our customers will see benefits right away. Smart meters are like regular digital meters, but they allow two-way communication. This means your meter will no longer have to rely on meter readings for accurate bills.
You’ll also have more access to information about your power consumption. And, you'll be able to make better conservation and budgeting decisions as a result.
Saskatchewan’s future is bright! We’re committed to increasing renewable generation in the province. A smart grid will ensure we can support it.
What’s happening right now
Our commercial and industrial customers have been asking for smart meter technology - and we're giving it to them. To date, we’ve successfully completed two pilot projects. The result? There are more than 8,000 smart meters on over 700 businesses throughout the province.
Our next phase is beginning in 2019, where we’ll install another 20,000 meters. About half will go to our largest industrial and business customers. The remaining meters will go to select small- and medium-sized businesses. We’ll be in contact with these businesses directly. If they choose, they can defer their smart meter to a later date.