Canada generates two thirds of electricity from renewables thanks to hydro

In 2015 about two thirds of Canada’s electricity was generated using renewable sources, with hydropower accounting for approximately 60 percent, according to a report from the nation’s National Energy Board (NEB).

The report was released on Thursday and it said that electricity derived from hydropower that year had, for the most part, come from large facilities with reservoirs.

This type of hydropower was described as being “a valuable part of Canada’s generation mix, since it economically stores energy and moderates fluctuations from more intermittent renewable sources.”

Hydropower is “the largest single renewable electricity source today”, according to International Energy Agency.

In regards to other sources, the NEB stated that Canadian wind power capacity increased twenty fold between the years 2005 and 2015, while biomass managed to help provide just about two percent of electricity generation in 2015. Solar was viewed as being a “relatively small” part of Canada’s electricity makeup.

In 2015, over 600 terawatt hours of electricity were produced, according to the NEB, with only one terawatt hour seen as being enough to provide a year’s electricity to 80,000 homes.

“Canada’s hydro generation has allowed the country to be one of the global leaders in renewable energy for years,” Shelley Milutinovic, the NEB’s chief economist, said in a statement.

“Now, as solar, wind and other technologies become more cost competitive, we expect to see a continuing increase in their adoption in the future,” Milutinovic added.

Article written by HEI contributor Lydia Ezeakor.

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