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WINNIPEG — The Manitoba and Saskatchewan governments will spend the next six months studying how best to more than double their capacity to ship power back and forth between the two provinces.
Rosann Wowchuk, minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro, signed a co-operation agreement this morning with Saskatchewan Energy Minister Bill Boyd in Winnipeg.
The two governments want to be able to move an additional 150 megawatts of electricity between their two jurisdictions. That's the equivalent of powering 150,000 homes. Currently, there is only 105 megawatts of transmission capacity between the provinces on four separate lines.
The decision to co-operate on electricity came out of a joint cabinet meeting of the two governments in February.
The ministers said a working group will be given six months to report back on how to proceed with transmission upgrades. The upgrades themselves may take years to complete, they said.
The group will also look at other ways to co-operate in increasing renewable energy development in the two provinces.
Larry Kusch didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he attended a high school newspaper editor’s workshop in Regina in the summer of 1969 and listened to a university student speak glowingly about the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa.
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