Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Provincial utilities agree on hydro deal

  • Print

MANITOBA Hydro has inked a deal to sell more power to Saskatchewan.

The Crown utility said in a statement Tuesday it will supply 25 megawatts of electricity to SaskPower from November 2015 to May 2022.

When combined with a previously announced short-term sale, the export deals are now worth more than $100 million, Hydro said.

"This 25-megawatt deal represents the first long-term firm sale between the two provinces in recent memory," Scott Thomson, president and CEO of Manitoba Hydro, said in a news release. "It demonstrates that the demand for renewable hydroelectricity from Manitoba--demand that we are working to convert into long-term export sales--is growing, not just in the United States, but in Canada as well."

Hydro also said it and SaskPower signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) a year ago to discuss the additional purchase of up to 500 MW of power starting in approximately 2020. That power would come from the estimated $6.5-billion Keeyask generating station, now under construction on the Nelson River.

"We want to ensure that we are able to meet the growing demand for power across the province, and keep power reliable, affordable and sustainable," Robert Watson, SaskPower president and CEO, said in a statement.

SaskPower serves more than 500,000 customers in Saskatchewan through three coal-fired plants, seven hydroelectric and six natural-gas generating stations and two wind farms.

Energy purchased under the 25-MW contract will be sent to SaskPower over existing transmission lines between the two utilities.

Manitoba Hydro says since 2003, its export sales have totalled $5.6 billion and the utility forecasts its total export revenues, mostly to the U.S. utilities, will be $16 billion over the next 20 years and $29 billion over the next 30 years.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 23, 2014 B5

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Key of Bart: NDP Self-Destruction

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • JJOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Local-Postcard  Day-Horror frost and fog created a most beautiful setting at Assiniboine Park Thursday morning in WInnipeg- Enviroent Canada says the fog will lifet this morning and will see a high of -7C-  JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- Feb 18, 2010
  • A water lily in full bloom is reflected in the pond at the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden Tuesday afternoon. Standup photo. Sept 11,  2012 (Ruth Bonneville/Winnipeg Free Press)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Would you visit Dalnavert Museum if it reopened?

View Results

Ads by Google