SaskPower open house in Estevan on March 23, outlining solar, transmission line and nuclear projects for the area. Photo by Brian Zinchuk

Dear Editor:

While I don’t disagree with this piece (Op-Ed: Saskatchewan Coal Transition Centre: Sabotaging our future: How SaskPower’s $1 billion scheme to import power from the U.S. will devastate Estevan and leave Saskatchewan’s economy vulnerable), it is clear that SaskPower and the Saskatchewan government are forging ahead with transitioning out of coal. In all the open houses, in any of the engagement with public the discussion has been managed to not include discussion on coal and CCS. The most recent example was with the open houses held in Estevan. They came here to showcase what will happen next. When asked about coal and CCS they couldn’t answer the questions. In my opinion, not because they don’t have the information, it is because they are not proceeding with it and they don’t want it. Again, my opinion, it’s a way to silence the noise around it. They have no plans on answering those questions until they need to. Their goal is to manage talent, keep some here so they can transition as needed. This transition, this plan, is not new for SaskPower. They undoubtedly had to have been working on transition plans for many years. These projects don’t just come up overnight.

Ultimately what can the public do about it? Not a lot, other than be informed, prepare as they see fit and transition themselves. It’s happening wether we like it or not.
The only way I see a change could be made is if the majority of the province is onside with keeping coal going and the legislation changed to allow coal-fired power generation. Unfortunately I don’t see either of those happening.
With that all said, if we do get small modular reactors in Estevan, and it has 4 reactors, someone said each one employs approximately 180 people. If that is true, with four of those, that would provide some employment opportunities for the area.

Cory Casemore

Estevan

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Op-Ed: Saskatchewan Coal Transition Centre: Sabotaging our future: How SaskPower’s $1 billion scheme to import power from the U.S. will devastate Estevan and leave Saskatchewan’s economy vulnerable

‘Why don’t you fight for what we have, and what works?’ SaskPower holds open house in Estevan on $1 billion interconnect with US, solar and nuclear

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