Saskatchewan Party MLA Re­port from the Leg­is­la­ture

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Saskatchewan - Jim Reiter, Rose­town-El­rose MLA Of­fice: P.O. Box 278, 215 Main St. Rose­town, SK. S0L 2V0 Phone: 306-882-4105

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.

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