Manitoba Hydro to sell hydroelectric power to SaskPower

Manitoba Hydro announced it is selling 100 MW of hydroelectric power to SaskPower, as part of a memorandum of understanding signed in 2013.

The 20-year agreement — from 2020 to 2040 — will allow SaskPower to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and increase the renewable portion of its power portfolio. The hydropower purchased will cost roughly the same as natural gas-fired generation, according to SaskPower.

Electricity provided under this agreement will come from the 695-MW Keeyask hydro station currently under construction.

In July 2014, HydroWorld.com reported that the two companies finalized a deal under which Manitoba Hydro would supply 25 MW of power to SaskPower from November 2015 to May 2022. The story said that while Manitoba Hydro regularly exports electricity to Saskatchewan, this was the first long-term firm sale between the two provinces “in recent memory.”

According to SaskPower, in 2014 3% of its power supply came from imports like this agreement. The company has total power capacity (including purchases) of 4,300 MW.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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