How power is supplied depends on what resources are locally available. We’re lucky in Saskatchewan because when it comes to power sources … we have options. Take a few minutes to explore the many ways we can produce electricity for our province. We’ve listed the pros and cons of each based on availability, cost, dependability and emissions.
There’s no one source that can meet all our province’s needs. It will take a combination of sources to provide reliable, sustainable, cost-effective power into the future.
It's All About Balance
The most balanced system would include a mix of these types of electricity generation:
These are sources that can be available all day, every day.
These options are kind of like backup plans that boost power when demand increases, like during the cold winter months.
Intermittent options are available only when conditions are right, for example: wind and solar are power sources, but aren’t available when it’s not windy or sunny.
These are options that can kick in for a short time when power use spikes, like during dinner time or in the morning when people are getting ready for their day.
Some supply options are ideal for our day-to-day requirements, while others might be used only when we need more power. The right mix will be a blend of a few sources of energy, along with new technologies, and reminders for us all to use only the power we need and to unplug electronics when they’re not being used.
Talking with Customers About the Future Power System
Hitting a target of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is one of the things we’re thinking about as we plan the future power system.
We're evaluating a range of ways to generate cleaner electricity. Each has pros and cons. As we plan, we’re engaging in new ways with:
- Indigenous rights holders
We’re hoping to learn 4 key things as we plan the future power system:
- What do people need or want to know?
- What do they want us to consider?
- What do they know that can help?
- How do they want to engage with us?
We’ve agreed to consider this feedback as part of our planning. It’s about listening and using what we learn to make better decisions.
We’re looking for opportunities to collaborate. If you’re interested, let us know. Get in touch with us!