Moose Jaw power station

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Moose Jaw power station (also known as Great Plains Power Station)[1] is a proposed 350-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada.[2]


The map below shows the approximate location of the proposed power station in Moose Jaw, the province of Saskatchewan, Canada.

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SaskPower announced in December 2018 that they will build the combined cycle Moose Jaw Power Plant, which will be nearly identical to Chinook Swift power station.

In April 2019, SaskPower agreed to anchor the new Moose Jaw Industrial Park, located southeast of the city, with the power plant.[3]

The following June, the Canadian government announced new regulations that the plant would not conform to. The current federal regulations exempt plants producing 420 tons of CO2/per gigawatt hour from the federal Carbon Tax. The Moose Jaw plant is proposed to be 370 tons of CO2/per gigawatt hour, but by 2021, when the regulations go into effect, all carbon emissions will be taxed.[4] According to the blog MJ Independent, SaskPower told the Moose Jaw Chamber of Commerce in July it was reassessing the project due to the effect of the new regulations. The blog reported:

"At present the carbon tax is $20 per tonne but will rachet up by $10 each year to $50 per tonne in 2022. Due to this increase SaskPower is expecting to pay $500 million as a result by 2022."[5]

Moose Jaw's mayor campaigned with the federal government that the power plant be grandfathered under the old regulations.[6]

In November 2019, after reviewing the new regulations, SaskPower decided to proceed,[7] even though the plant will not be grandfathered in.[8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: SaskPower[2]
  • Parent company: Government of Saskatchewan[9]
  • Location: Moose Jaw, the province of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Coordinates: 50.368567, -105.495630 (approximate)[2]
  • Gross capacity (proposed): 350 MW
    • Combined-cycle unit[2]: 350 MW[2] (start up 2024)[2]

Articles and Resources


  1. Great Plains Power Station, SaskPower, accessed May 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 SaskPower Annual Report (2018-19): Navigating a Changing Energy Landscape, Saskpower website, accessed Nov. 21, 2019
  3. Matthew Gourlie, City excited about the potential of industrial park, Moose Jaw Today, Apr 17, 2019
  4. Mayor Lobbies Trudeau To Save Proposed Power Plant, MJ Independent, Aug 17, 2019
  5. Chamber Members Told Final Decision On Power Plant Months Away, MJ Independent, July 22, 2019
  6. Moose Jaw mayor asks federal government to grandfather power plant under old regulations, CBC News, Aug 15, 2019
  7. Theresa Simon-Worobec, SaskPower Power Plant Gets Green Light, Discover Moose Jaw, Nov 7, 2019
  8. Minister Dustin Duncan Comments on SaskPower Announcement, Discover Moose Jaw, Nov 8, 2019
  9. SaskPower, Wikipedia, accessed May 2020