Saskatchewan Party MLA Report from the Legislature
A large-scale wind energy project was recently approved in our province. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019, with possible service as early as 2021.
Located south of Herbert, the wind energy project will be developed and operated by Algonquin Power Co. (a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.) and is expected to add 177 megawatts of wind energy for SaskPower customers – enough to power more than 70,000 average Saskatchewan homes.
The Blue Hill Wind Energy Project is the first large-scale wind energy project approved under The Environmental Assessment Act and demonstrates our government’s commitment to renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions, both clear goals in our provincial climate change strategy.
The Blue Hill Project will be the seventh privately developed wind power generation project in Saskatchewan.
Prairie Resilience, our made-in-Saskatchewan climate change strategy, is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prepare for changing conditions, and protect people and communities through resilience and readiness. It includes a target to reduce emissions from electrical power generation by 40 per cent by 2030, with a significant focus on wind energy.
The plan will lead to a real reduction in greenhouse gas emissions without introducing a carbon tax that could cost our province’s energy-intensive, export-oriented economy $16 billion from 2019 to the end of 2030. It is an approach that is proving to be popular with a growing number of provinces, most recently Manitoba, that once accepted the idea of Justin Trudeau’s forced federal carbon tax.
Saskatchewan industries are already more environmentally responsible and operate more sustainably than many of their competitors around the world.
Saskatchewan has invested more than $1 billion in the first fully integrated post-combustion carbon-capture power plant in the world— Boundary Dam 3. This has captured more than two million tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking 500,000 cars off the road.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been identified as a crucial technology to reduce emissions by the United Nations, the International Energy Agency and a number of environmental groups. Saskatchewan is a world leader in advancing this important technology.
Our province is also in the process of increasing our renewable power generating capacity, in part by working with First Nations on innovative projects.
Now that more and more provinces are abandoning the federal government’s carbon tax plan, perhaps it’s time for the Trudeau Liberals to reconsider their approach and consider what the provinces are actually doing to combat climate change.