Geothermal power plant to be built with $25.6 million from feds

Photo courtesy of DEEP

A major geothermal power generation facility is set to be built in Estevan, SK, Treaty 4 territory.

Deep Earth Energy Production (DEEP) aims to generate five megawatts (MW) of electricity with the geothermal plant, enough to power 5,000 homes by 2021. For comparison, existing individual coal and natural gas plants in the province have generating capacity ranging between 44 to 634 MW. Total capacity in the provincial system (including imported electricity) is 4,493 MW. Geothermal and other renewables will need to scale up fast if they’re going to displace fossil fuels.

The federal Liberal government announced $25.6 million in funding for the project in January. Asked whether the funding is a grant or loan, Natural Resources Canada spokesperson Alison Reilander tells the Sask Dispatch by email, “The $25.6 million in funding contributed by the ERPP [Emerging Renewable Power Program] for this project has been granted in a way which would make it repayable in part or in full when the project generates profits above a certain threshold over a defined period; otherwise, it is not repayable.”


David Gray-Donald is a settler media worker in tkaronto (Toronto). He was the publisher of Briarpatch from 2017-2019, is the current publisher of The Grind magazine in Toronto, and is a co-author of the new book The End of This World: Climate Justice in So-called Canada. He worked as a climate campaigner at Environmental Defence from 2022 to March 2023.