The provincial government has passed regulations on coal-fired electricity which is part of the Made-In-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy.
In November, an equivalency agreement was announced in principle between the federal government and Saskatchewan. If it goes through, Canada would accept that Saskatchewan meets federal standards and therefore would be able to regulate its own emissions from SaskPower's coal-fired power plants. Without this agreement, federal regulations would require all coal-fired units that don't meet a stringent performance standard to close at the end of their economic life, or by 2030, whichever comes first. The Ministry of Environment explains that under pending federal regulations, SaskPower would have to regulate emissions on a unit-by-unit basis, but with the equivalency agreement, SaskPower would be able to operate the coal plants by passing requirements fleet wide , instead of by individual plant.