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The wind energy potential of southwest Saskatchewan is attracting the attention of independent power producers that are competing for contracts under SaskPower’s procurement process for wind power generation. ENGIE Canada hosted public open houses in the area for two wind energy project proposals that will be submitted to SaskPower.
Saskatchewan hometowns, as represented by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA), resolved earlier this year to lead on carbon reduction strategies. SUMA and our members welcome the Government of Saskatchewan’s strategy on climate change, released this week.
“At Convention 2017, our members clearly acknowledged the leadership role of Saskatchewan towns, cities, villages, and northern communities,” said SUMA President Gordon Barnhart. “SUMA members play a vital role in climate change adaptation, from resilient infrastructure to energy efficiency, and finding innovations to green our municipal operations.”
After a resolution at our annual convention in February, SUMA began tracking members green efforts. Our website currently lists more than 30 projects, such as:
• retrofitting municipal buildings for energy efficiency;
• renewing contaminated sites in energy efficient ways;
• using solar power for facilities and new revenue streams;
• converting landfill gas into a power source; and
• aligning asset management plans with green goals.
“These examples show that SUMA and our members recognize how important adaptation is,” said President Barnhart. “They also highlight the importance of working with our neighbours and other orders of government on planning and funding. We look forward to consultations with the provincial government to create a plan that works for
everyone, and to help hometowns access infrastructure funding for adaptation.”
Resolution on carbon tax and urban municipal leadership (February 2017)
SUMA Climate Change Adaptation Policy (November 2015)
Today (Dec. 5) Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced a targeted incentive program to encourage the continued sale of cultivated and formerly cultivated agricultural Crown land in Saskatchewan. The new, targeted program offers current lease-holders a 10 per cent purchase incentive on the sale of eligible land until March 31, 2018. “This focused incentive program supports our government’s consistent approach to putting land in the hands of producers in cases where there is no higher public good from an ecological, environmental, heritage or economic perspective,” Stewart said. “Saskatchewan producers are the best stewards of the land and should have the opportunity to realize the benefits of ownership.” Lessees may continue leasing if they do not wish to purchase.