SaskPower agrees to purchase power from Alliance Pipeline heat recovery project
SaskPower has signed a power purchase agreement with Alliance Pipeline for a project selected in the first phase of the Environmentally Preferred Power (EPP) program. The agreement will result in SaskPower's purchase of approximately five megawatts (MW) of electricity from a heat recovery project to be built by Alliance Pipeline at its compressor station near Kerrobert.
With the agreement signed, Alliance Pipeline will purchase state-of-the-art equipment needed to build the heat recovery system. Construction of the project is tentatively scheduled for the summer and fall of 2006. Alliance Pipeline is a 3,713-kilometre pipeline running from northeastern British Columbia and northwestern Alberta through Saskatchewan to the Chicago market hub.
In the second phase of the EPP program, SaskPower has received Expressions of Interest for additional EPP projects. These are currently being evaluated to identify those projects that meet the environmental objectives for the program. SaskPower plans to issue a formal Request for Proposals to those proponents with qualified projects. SaskPower will select the remaining 32 MW of the 45 MW program from the formal proposals submitted later in the year.
The EPP program is a component of SaskPower's Green Power Portfolio, designed to ensure that Saskatchewan's electricity needs over the next four to five years will be met from environmentally friendly sources which do not increase greenhouse gas emissions. The 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 on the EPP program is available from Larry Christie at SaskPower 306/566-3167 or on-line at www.saskpower.com.