Non-hydro Renewable Power Capacity Rises in Canada


Nations all over the world are pushing ahead with their renewables projects with a lot of gusto in order to supplant highly polluting fossil power. Canada is one such nation, whose non-hydro renewable power capacity expanded more than 8.0% in 2016. Put together, solar, wind, and biomass added about 1300 MV, reveals a report by National Energy Board’s (NEB) 2017.

In 2016, 66.0% of electricity generated in Canada was renewable, with non-hydro renewables contributing 7.2 per cent and hydro contributing 58.8%. If one added nuclear energy to the mix, an impressive 80.6% of electricity generated was clean and did not emit greenhouse gases.

Wind Plays a Key Role in Renewables Mix

Among the non-hydro sources of renewable electricity, wind contributed the most. Wind capacity to the tune of 830 MW was added in the nation in 2016 and total biomass and solar capacity added was 463 MW.

In fact, Canada has been placing a lot of emphasis on limiting the use of highly polluting coal in power generation. Since 2005, the advanced North American nation has been focusing on power generation through wind and natural gas for their low carbon footprint.

However, in 2016, electricity production from natural gas actually plummeted because of decreases in production in the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Manitoba. The decline was somewhat offset by higher production in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick – provinces that have been making consistent efforts to do away with coal.

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