We have developed a Demand Response program as a cost-effective option to supplement the province’s electricity system. Demand response is used when the province is experiencing high electricity demand, at times of system constraint, or when it provides an economic benefit for SaskPower.

Through the program, we pay our largest industrial customers to reduce or shift their electricity use.

Why Demand Response?

The Demand Response program is one of the ways we are meeting the growing need for electricity in Saskatchewan in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible way.

The program provides SaskPower with a list of customers that can be called upon to reduce or shift their electrical use. This allows us to be more responsive to peak demands so that power is there when you need it. In return for shifting or reducing their power consumption, customers enrolled in the program receive financial compensation.

Another benefit of the program is the cost savings resulting from deferral of the construction of new power stations and associated transmission lines.

Program Criteria

Large industrial customers with suitable (or consistent) load characteristics and that are able to reduce their electricity load by a minimum of five megawatts (MW) per event from a single location are eligible for this program.

To participate in this option, customers must be able to meet the main program criteria listed in the charts below. In addition, we evaluate each customer’s potential on a case-by-case basis.

Component Program Offer 1 Program Offer 2
Demand Response Program Offers
Event notification period 12 minutes 2 hours
Hours per event 4 hours  4 hours 
Maximum number of events/year 15 15 
Maximum hours/year 60 60 
Fixed payment ($/MW-year) 


($70,000 if more
 than 4 events called
 in a year) 

Variable payment ($/MWh curtailed) N/A $150
Penalties for non-delivery  Yes  Yes 
Contract length One or two years  One year
Program capacity target (MW) 85 40 
Minimum customer contribution (MW) 

If you would like to participate in this program, please Contact Us.

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