SaskPower, a utility that provides power to the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, is launching two programs that will enable the corporation to more than double wind power production in the province. The Green Options Plan and the Green Options Partners Program is expected to add another 200 MW of wind power to SaskPower's generation capacity.
Under the Green Options Plan, SaskPower will undertake a competitive process to procure up to 175 MW of wind power from one or more independent power producers (IPPs).
Under the Green Options Partners Program, SaskPower will introduce a standing offer program to purchase up to 50 MW of renewable power from private-sector developers, with up to 25 MW of the total coming from wind power.
When the new wind generation is brought into service, wind power will make up about 8.5% of SaskPower's total generating capacity. Currently, the corporation has 172 MW of wind power on its system and has signed an agreement with an IPP for another 25 MW to be in service in 2011.