Annual goal is 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide; captured 626,000 last year.
Technology worthwhile but low cost of natural gas makes it a more viable option.
Province’s next natural gas plant could be needed as early as 2022.
Facility has eliminated emissions equal to taking 200,000 cars off the road in the last 12 months.
Jim Carr tours SaskPower’s Boundary Dam 3 project in Estevan, Sask.
But government says it’s on track to capture 800,000 tonnes of CO2 this year.
The Crown utility plans to have up to 50% of power come from renewable sources by 2030.
Manchin, a supporter of carbon capture, is now critical of Saskatchewan project.
Questions costly promotional trips when the utility can’t sell the technology.
Considered “fully operational” even if its operating between full and half capacity.
Energy Minister says it’s not acceptable. SaskPower aims for 100% efficiency by the end of 2016.
Penalty for not providing captured carbon dioxide starting in April 2014; may owe $6 million more.
Will reduce the province’s reliance on coal for electricity.
NDP government plans to move away from what it sees as costly, ineffective technology.
More than 100,000 newer devices removed after fires.