SaskPower has announced plans to generate half of its power through renewable sources in 15 years.
The crown utility says it's going to develop wind, solar and geothermal power to double the percentage of electrical renewable energy -- although details about where wind or solar facilities might be located still have to be worked out.
Speaking in Ottawa on Monday at the first ministers meeting, Premier Brad Wall says plans to reduce emissions must also reflect the importance of the oil and gas sector.
"We need to do better in record and climate change our province needs to be better but we cant forget the economy, we can not forget the jobs that quite literally are at stake in a sector that's undergoing a lot of stress right now due to $40 oil, we've gotta find that right balance because that economy and those jobs are broadening that tax base and paying for the quality of life that we want for all Canadians."
Under the new plan, SaskPower will still use coal and look to carbon capture to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Wall says commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must take into account the importance of the oil and gas sector.
"Whatever it is we agreed to going into Paris, whatever we have agreed to as a country and some nationals and whatever the province has agreed to we need to make sure we understand what impact that is gonna have on jobs, what additional impact will that have on the energy sector that is already suffering massive layoffs in our country."
On Sunday, Alberta announced it would introduce a carbon tax across the board, joining British Columbia in phasing in a $30 per tonne price on carbon emissions, while phasing out coal-burning power plants within 15 years.
Premier Wall says Saskatchewan already has a levy for heavy emitters of greenhouse gases. SaskPower will develop wind, solar and geothermal power to double the percentage of electrical renewable energy, although details about where wind or solar facilities might be located still have to be worked out.