SaskPower Investing $8 Million to Support Growth, Improve Reliability in Yorkton-Melville-Canora Area

November 23, 2016

SaskPower continues to make significant investments in the province's electrical system to keep up with a growing demand for power, meet environmental commitments and renew and grow our grid. The work includes upgrading portions of the power grid in the south area of the province, including: Yorkton, Melville, Canora, Waldrun, Churchbridge, Killaly, Theodore, Good Spirit Provincial Park and surrounding areas.

"SaskPower is facing an ongoing power challenge," says Tim Eckel, Vice President of Transmission Services. "As the demand for power continues to grow, we not only need to build the grid, but we need to maintain our existing assets, including our power poles, transformers and stations. We're investing approximately $1 billion dollars annually throughout Saskatchewan to make sure homes, farms and businesses have the power they need, when they need it."

Eckel noted this region's power demands have been increasing. So far in 2016, residential and commercial customers in the area have made 137 new connection or reconstruction requests.

SaskPower's work in the area includes increasing the capacity of the Canora substation, worth over $3 million, to support an increased power demand. Substations are important parts of the electrical system because they transform electricity from high to low voltage before delivering power to customers. Construction is underway and we expect this work to be in-service in early 2017.

An additional $5 million in system maintenance work in the region includes relocating and upgrading overhead power lines out of the middle of farmers' fields, remediating power structures located in water-logged areas, replacing and upgrading protective relays in our stations, upgrading rural power lines, and trimming trees near power lines.

In order to safely complete ongoing system improvements, planned outages may be required. Customers will be notified in advance. Planned power outages are listed on saskpower.com and on Twitter@SaskPower. #PowerToGrow

At a glance...

  • Around $8 million in the area is part of SaskPower's $1 billion investment in the province's electrical system this year.
  • This year, 42 per cent of your SaskPower bill will go toward electrical infrastructure.
  • Aging infrastructure causes approximately 34 per cent of unplanned outages in Saskatchewan.

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