“We’re committed to managing emissions as we rebuild the electricity system to meet the needs of our growing province. We’ve set a target of 50% of generation capacity from renewables by 2030. To achieve this goal, we will double the percentage of renewables in our supply mix in just 15 years.”
See Renewables Roadmap – SaskPowerIn planning a drive across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba I’ve been struck by the limited number of charging stations in sparsely populated regions of these prairie provinces. There’s certainly no shortage of land that is less suitable for farming or other industries. Why is not solar and wind generation seen as a legitimate farming activity? Alberta, Saskatchewan and some parts of Manitoba are remote from abundant hydroelectric power but they have large regions which already convert sunshine into food. Why not energy? Some regions have high unemployment. Some have employment in coal/oil extraction industries and power generation. Surely more could build the electrical infrastructure.
It’s good to see Saskatchewan has a plan to ramp up wind/solar. It’s a windy and sunny place with lots of land and only a million or so people. They could easily meet their needs by renewable. They can still sell their coal and oil to whomever wants it. A combination of renewable energy and electric vehicle charging stations would promote an entirely new industry, the EV, and the wealth could be spread around from the oil companies and automakers to everyone else. Now there are 100+km per charging station along many of our highways, or more. The world would be a better place if there were 1 charging station per square kilometre instead.