SaskPower Delay of Game

SaskPower is frustrating. I’m going to send their President a message, because it should not have taken four months for them to get out to a home to do a little inspection and hookup, when they’d been pestered by a (decades) longtime customer, and also a business to do it. There were also several people in the Eneraction office trying to speed up the process too.

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That photo is of many thousands of dollars worth of solar panels generating electricity that had no where to go for months, because SaskPower doesn’t make it a priority to hook up green power to their grid. They talk about having programs, but don’t support them.

One possible explanation for a short delay in hookup could be that the flooding that destroyed homes in Maple Creek, Yorkton, and elsewhere this Summer has crews working overtime. But surely they have enough staff to manage a single installation that adds electricity to the grid?

Speaking with another person who hooks up solar PV panels for people’s homes, he said he was aware of new PV panel owners that hook up the power without inspection, then disconnect it before SaskPower arrives, so they aren’t left in the situation my parents were in. This is of course less safe, and SaskPower should not be putting people in such a position where they face paying for panels they cannot safely/legally use.

Recent stats from a SaskPower magazine indicate there are only about 130 customers in the entire province adding power to the grid in the way my parents are. By the end of this year, there should be about 170 customers/producers like them. There are obviously more than 100,000 SaskPower customers. 170 is a totally unacceptable low number.

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Saskatchewan needs a feed-in tariff to support faster adoption of green power production. The current power purchase options are not going to encourage investment in methods better than coal and natural gas burning.

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A fictional TV oil tycoon is a booster for solar panels now.

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14 responses to “SaskPower Delay of Game

  1. My parents installed a wind turbine about a year ago. It took SaskPower a month to get out and inspect it, but they had it hooked up already. Other than that, they’ve not had any problems with SaskPower. They get reimbursed for anything they feed into the grid that they don’t use themselves.

  2. I know someone who works in the oil patch near Weyburn, and his company can’t get a straight answer from SaskPower and the government about setting up a windfarm. Right now, they only have one big windmill, because they can’t afford to get into more if SaskPower won’t assure them of being fairly compensated or being subsidized ideally.

  3. I definitely agree that more has to be done to encourage alternate sources of power. Saskatchewan is the sunniest province in Canada, and there’s no shortage of wind either.

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  5. http://www.saskpower.com/customer_service/greenpower.shtml

    I noticed this stopped coming off my bill maybe a year or three ago.

    “We have temporarily stopped taking new applications for the GreenPower program, which lets customers purchase a 100 kilowatt hour block of green power for a rate of $2.50 a month.

    Support of the GreenPower program has exceeded expectations—customers have now exhausted our EcoLogo certified green power!

    We are reviewing a number of renewable supply options to ensure we are able to continue to meet the growing demand for our GreenPower program. This review will help us to better understand customer demand for renewable power sources.

    If you currently support the GreenPower program, the green power you have purchased continues to be supported by EcoLogo certified wind power facilities such as the Cypress Wind Power Facility and the SunBridge Wind Power Project.

    Thank you for your support and patience!”

    • Please tell me if I’m wrong here…

      100kWh for $2.50 represents a payment of 2.5 cents/kWh correct? Under ideal circumstance the producers of said kW will be paid about 13 cents/kWh correct?

      Where does the loss of 10.5 cents/kWh get paid from? Do the working poor have to subsidize this loss also? Isn’t this difficult for them? After all they are poor aren’t they?

      • I think so also… but can you point out exactly where I’m wrong?

        Please use math, thank you!

        PS… perhaps in the liberal arts you didn’t need to read the whole question, but, in engineering you did. The prof’s insisted you learned that way.

      • I’m still waiting to see where I’m wrong. Seriously. I MUST BE. Here in Ontario our wholesale cost of electricity generation is 2.6-2.8 cents per kWh. That would mean $2.60 per 100 kWh. My electricity costs MIN 6 cents per, and in PRIME TIME 10 cents per kWh.

        If everybody in Ontario had the choice to pay $2.50 for 100kWh they WOULD!!!! So would I !!!!!!!! Hell I’ll pay for it in my taxes ANYWAY! That’s how McGuinty here did it!!!!!

        The price difference for solar production, here in Ontario, can be as much as $0.79/kWh.

        Who pays??????????

        PS…. Seriously I would like to know my error… I HAVE to be wrong. If not this is the WORST deal for renewables i’ve ever heard of. WORLD wide.

      • “I’m still waiting to see where I’m wrong. Seriously. I MUST BE.”

        Yes, you seriously must be wrong. You’re not worth the time to respond, when we know you’re seriously wrong.

      • I understand I’m wrong, but how? Seeing as how you Greenlibdipps literally leap at the chance to show the error of conservative ways, I challenge ANY ONE to show my mathematical error.

        Problem is you can’t. Instead, with a wave of the hand, it’s dismissed. That doesn’t take the reality away. beacause you don’t want to deal with it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to be dealt with.

        Ultimatly it shows the ‘ostrich principle’ of Greenlibdipp Alliance thinking… full steam ahead, damn the torpedoes.

        Even liberal arts math can’t polish this turd.

        Come on humanity’s saviors… show me I’m wrong.

  6. Oh and by the way Saskie, do you know what the term grid-capacity means? If no access to the grid is present, do you know how much electric lines cost per foot? Are you just assuming and taking for granted that variable base load supply to the power grid doesn’t cause MASSIVE problems for constant voltage supply based equipment… like IT computers?

    This is the reality for many Ontarians. Not Saskie’s fantasy world.

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