SaskPower’s Cypress Wind Power Facility, located near Gull Lake, is helping to increase the development of wind power in Canada, thanks to a 10-year agreement with the Government of Canada, valued at CAD$2.6 million (US$1.8 million).Saskatchewan, Canada – March 21, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The Government of Canada’s Wind Power Production Incentive (WPPI) means SaskPower can reduce the price of its GreenPower product by more than 25 percent on April 1, making this environmentally advantageous form of electricity more affordable for its customers. “Increasing our use of emerging Renewable Energy is part of Canada’s plan to address climate change and improve air quality,” said Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, on behalf of Herb Dhaliwal, Minister of Natural Resources Canada. “WPPI will help the industry in the marketplace and give consumers the option to choose cleaner energy sources, thereby building on our commitment to ensuring quality of life in communities, a healthy environment and continued economic prosperity.” “Saskatchewan’s leadership in development of wind power is bringing real benefits to SaskPower customers across the province. Reducing the monthly premium for GreenPower from CAD$3.50 (US$2.36) to CAD$2.50 (US$1.70) improves the ability for customers to support the continued development of clean, renewable electrical generation in our province,” said Maynard Sonntag, Minister of Crown Investments Corporation, Government of Saskatchewan. “Judging by the enthusiastic response to date from customers who have purchased GreenPower, I am confident this new, lower price for GreenPower will generate even greater interest.” The lower price also means that the provincial government will now be supporting enough GreenPower to meet about 20 percent of the electrical needs in provincial buildings, as part of its long term support for GreenPower – an increase of 5 percent compared to the old price. The Government of Canada first announced WPPI in the December 2001 federal budget. Based upon its commissioning date of October 18, 2002, the incentive for the production from the Cypress Wind Power Facility is valued at 1.2 cents/kilowatt hour. GreenPower has been available to all SaskPower customers since April 2002. A 100 kWh block is about enough electricity for 20 loads of laundry, or to operate two farmyard lights for a month. The premium offsets the higher costs to produce GreenPower, compared to coal or natural gas electrical generation.