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Canada's non-hydro renewable power capacity continues to increase

Power News - Published on Mon, 25 Dec 2017

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According to the National Energy Board's 2017 update of the Canada's Renewable Power Landscape report, Canada's non-hydro renewable power capacity grew by more than eight per cent in 2016, adding nearly 1,300 megawatts of solar, biomass and wind-generated power.

In 2016, Canada's electricity generation was 66% renewable, with non hydro renewables accounting for 7.2% and hydro accounting for 58.8%. When nuclear power generation is added, a total of 80.6% of Canada's electricity was non-emitting in terms of greenhouse gases. The long term trend in Canada since 2005 has been increased power generation from natural gas and wind, and decreased generation from coal.

In 2016, total Canadian natural gas-fired power generation actually dropped due to decreases in British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Manitoba, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador. However, in Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, natural gas generation increased as part of these provinces' ongoing transition away from coal.

The NEB monitors energy markets and assesses Canadian energy requirements and trends to support its regulatory responsibilities. This report is part of a series of publications on energy supply, demand, and infrastructure that the NEB publishes regularly as part of its ongoing market monitoring.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Mon, 25 Dec 2017
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