The Government of Canada is seeking to purchase renewable energy from new power projects in Alberta for the needs of federal government buildings, vehicle fleets and other operations.
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) announced on Thursday the launch of the request for proposals (RfP) for clean power and also said the government wants to buy Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) from new projects in Canada to offset consumption in regions where new renewable sources are not yet available.
These competitive procurement processes support the government’s plan to source 100% clean electricity by 2022, where available. The Canadian government’s combined power demand currently includes about 532 GWh annually from greenhouse gas-emitting sources. Federal buildings in Alberta account for 31% of this, and an additional 23% is consumed in regions of Canada where local clean power will not be available in the near term.
The new power purchase agreements (PPAs) to be signed as a result of the RfP are expected to result in greenhouse gas emission reductions of roughly 133 kilotonnes, or 56% of total real property emissions in Alberta. They will additionally offset 41 kilotonnes of emissions from electricity use in the rest of Canada.
Each RfP incorporates mandatory requirements for Indigenous participation.
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