Saskatchewan's per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the power generation sector is easily the worst in Canada. Although it looks grim - things are improving: read on.

 

Source: Canada National Inventory Report 1990-2013 - Part 3.  A11 2013 GHG Emission Summary by Province. StatsCan - Population by Year & Province.

 

For the data hounds out there: here are the numbers;

 

Source: Canada National Inventory Report 1990-2013 - Part 3.  A11 2013 GHG Emission Summary by Province. StatsCan - Population by Year & Province.

 

That is not all: check out Canada's top-10 GHG emitting power stations - in 2013 Saskatchewan could proudly lay claim to three of the ten.

What happens if the GHG savings arising from SaskPower's Boundary Dam Carbon Capture project (BD3 - commissioned in October 2014) are included. Those savings will obviously not be seen until a full year of operational data is included. However and since Saskatchewan's population is around 1 million, it is easy to see that even with Boundary Dam GHG savings of 1 million tonnes annually, Saskatchewan would have power generation emissions of 13.1 tonnes: still the worst in Canada.  

 

...but SaskPower is addressing its dismal climate record

 

All is not as bleak as it may seem at first blush.

With a new CEO at SaskPower's helm (appointed in April 2015) and a bold new renewable energy strategy, things are changing rapidly.

Is this new strategy enough to deliver the new Federal GHG targets (30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030)? We looked at this in December (the bottom of this post). The short answer, 'yes': but considerable work is still required. 

We'll be watching with interest to see how SaskPower's new renewables strategy is developed in the coming months: next step - SaskPower is due to announce RFP's for wind and solar in late summer/early Fall.