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SaskPower eyes waste heat, wind

The Saskatchewan government and SaskPower, the Crown power company, plans to expand the province’s “green power” portfolio with more wind power and new projects within the next three to five years.

On top of a proposal to expand wind generation in the province by another 100 megawatts (mW) by 2012, the province said it plans to have another 50 mW generated from waste heat recovery projects, and 20 mW from biomass forestry projects, both by 2010.

The province also plans a “net metering” program that would allow SaskPower customers to generate their own electricity and send excess electricity generated to the provincial power grid for a credit toward their energy costs.

Also on tap is the third phase of the province’s Environmentally Preferred Power Program, to solicit more renewable power projects from the private sector. The province expects to release more details on all these programs in the coming months.

The province’s “green power” portfolio so far includes a number of energy efficiency and conservation initiatives, plus the 150-mW Centennial Wind Power Facility, southeast of Swift Current.

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