A string of power lines can be found along side almost any road in Saskatchewan. Sask Power continues to work to improve their power grid, updating and growing their infrastructure province wide.
Media Relations with Sask Power, Jordan Jackle, said in 2018 the crown corporation invested about one billion dollars to accomplish that goal, "This is something that we're very strategic about and we know it's very important."
He noted that they focus on improving or replacing their existing infrastructure, "The power upgrade comes as a lot of our infrastructure out there is from the 50's or 60's and approaching the end of it's life so we're working to upgrade and replace a lot of that infrastructure."
Sask Power also continues to grow, as more and more people move and live in Saskatchewan. "When it comes to the growing the grid aspect, we are seeing new power demands hit every single year. That's due to the number of new customers online and people using more power than they used to."
In a media release, Sask Power outlined a few projects they focused on in 2018.
The corporation is doing a lot of work just south of the west central region, near Swift Current. The $680.5 million natural gas-fired Chinook Power Station is on-budget and on-track for commissioning in fall 2019. Construction on two new transmission lines will bring power from the Chinook Power Station to customers across the province.
The Transmission Wood Pole Replacement Program and Distribution Wood Pole Remediation Program will help minimize outages caused by storms, particularly for rural customers. An estimated 112,000 wood power poles were inspected in 2018.
The Underground Cable Injection Program will extend the life of underground lines by up to 25 years, meaning more reliable service for customers.
The company also contributes around $1.8 billion each year to the economy, split between payments to Saskatchewan suppliers and power producers, as well as salaries for employees.