The future of Sask. energy


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July 21, 2016 12:00 AM

What does the future of energy look like for Saskatchewan?
Sask Power’s Power to Grow demonstrations, of which its’ done 230 across the province in the last two years, including a stop at this year’s Colonial Days Fair, gives curious minds a glimpse of what the company has in store for the next couple of decades.
“The Power to Grow is an interactive experience and it’s intended to educate people about power and the province’s power challenge and Sask Power’s plans for the future,” said Guy Bruce, vice president of planning, environment and sustainable development.
“It’s meant to be a fun interactive thing where folks can go through it at their own place and learn about where electricity comes from, how it’s delivered, and what they can do to maybe save some money on their power bill.”
Power to Grow is setup in an inflatable tent, fitting about 20 people at a time, and is complete with interactive guides that lead participants through, giving them the opportunity to visit computer stations where they can learn which power sources are used in their homes.
There are also pedal bikes where people can see how much power they can generate through pedalling and other features that help Saskatchewan residents learn about electricity. Bruce said one of the messages the company wants to put out is that there’s a growing demand for power in the province and it’s Sask Power’s goal to introduce 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.
“That’s our target and that’s part of our plan for reducing greenhouse gas emission by about 40 per cent from 2005 by 2030,” he said.
“There’s some information there about programs that are available to help customers conserve power and use power more efficiently.”
The increased demand for power isn’t necessarily a problem, he said, but with more people moving to Saskatchewan. and the overall continued growth of the province, it’s important for the utility company to keep up.
Other information put out at the Power to Grow experience involves old infrastructure in Saskatchewan, much of it built in the 60s, 70s, and early 80s, and the amount of new investment being put toward modernizing it—and also adding new infrastructure to keep up with that growth.
This is why the demonstrations have a feature on the “power grid of tomorrow” and the changes that will be made to make power use and distribution more efficient.
“It’s a little bit of a glimpse into the future of what’s possible; you hear a lot of people talking about maybe some customers who want to generate some of their own electricity, maybe putting solar on their roof, that type of thing,” Bruce said.
“And we’re looking at modernizing and updating our grid to make it more reliable and make it more efficient.”
Some of these modernizations will include finding other cleaner ways of generating electricity while also continuing to provide reliable and cost effective service.
This will be achieved by using large scale wind generation, biomass and geothermal energy, complimented by fire generation from natural gas.
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