Hydro's made by flowing water that turns turbines to create power. Power production relies on water flow. Low water years can affect the power supply.
There are 2 types of hydroelectric power plants:
Reservoir stations store and manage water flow with a dam. Water flows through the dam and can be adjusted like a tap to generate the amount of power needed.
Run-of-River stations have little or no storage. The water flows through a tube and produces electricity that’s sent back to the river. The amount of power that’s produced depends on the river flow.
Hydro is a reliable source of energy as it uses flowing water as fuel.
As a renewable energy source it’s a cost-effective way to power our province.
With no direct waste and lower greenhouse gases, hydro has a low impact on the environment. But, special care must be made for wildlife habitats and aquatic ecosystems.
20% of our total power capacity in Saskatchewan comes from hydro.
We’re looking into more ways to expand how much hydro we have in the system, including imports.