February 28, 2005

SaskPower seeks EOIs for second phase of clean power program

SaskPower has issued a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for environmentally low-impact generation projects in the second phase of its Environmentally Preferred Power (EPP) program. At the same time, SaskPower has made some changes to the program designed to better meet the needs of independent electrical generators in the province. Interested parties will have until March 22, 2005 to submit projects that meet the program's environmental criteria and fall within the expanded capacity guidelines of 100 kilowatts (kW) to 25 megawatts (MW). SaskPower will then shortlist those projects that meet the initial criteria and issue a formal Request for Proposals to the project proponents this spring.

"The Environmentally Preferred Power program is an important part of the government's Green Power Portfolio and its commitment to a green and prosperous economy," said Frank Quennell, Minister responsible for SaskPower said. "We have listened to feedback and evaluations from the first phase of the program and have changed it to allow for slightly larger projects."

SaskPower remains committed to seeking a total of 45 MW of environmentally preferred generation. Last year, three project proposals totalling approximately 13 MW were selected, and power purchase agreements are currently being negotiated for each of the three first-phase projects. The second phase will select the remaining 32 MW.

The EPP program was designed to provide an opportunity for SaskPower to form partnerships with independent power producers to build and operate smaller-scale generation projects. These projects will help SaskPower accommodate new load growth to the year 2010 with environmentally low-impact generation that produces no new greenhouse gas emissions.

The program also provides a means of evaluating technologies currently available for smaller-scale generation. Part of the process in implementing the EPP initiative involved listening to what independent power producers were saying, to be flexible and to revise the program so as to improve it.

In addition to the first phase of the EPP program, the Green Power Portfolio includes community energy efficiency pilot projects, last year's expansion of the Cypress wind power facility and SaskPower International's 150 MW Rushlake Creek wind power project now under construction in southwest Saskatchewan.

More information is available from senior engineer Brian Mohr, who is project lead for the EPP program, 306/566-3379. The EOI may be downloaded from SaskPower's Web site, www.saskpower.com/environment/initiatives/initiatives.shtml.

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