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.
For the data hounds out there: here are the numbers;
That is not all: check out Canada's top-10 GHG emitting power stations - in 2014 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 per capita power generation emissions of 13.1 tonnes: still the worst in Canada.
...but SaskPower may be addressing its dismal climate record
All may not be as bleak as it seems at first blush.
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 the Fall of 2016.