May 2, 2011
Canadian Renewable Energy Market Overview (OT)
I found this on Renewable Energy World’s site;
Canada — Renewable energy’s fortunes in Canada lean heavily on government support, making 2011 a particularly crucial year in places like British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario where political leadership changes are underway and elections are scheduled.
As in the United States, renewable energy in Canada depends largely on public policy goals set not at the federal level but at the provincial and territorial levels. And on that score there’s a mixed bag of support and initiatives across Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories.
“The federal government has an extremely limited role,” said Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association.
Canada’s dominant energy resource (renewable or otherwise) is hydroelectric power, much of it generated in the sparsely populated and water-rich north for transmission to the more urbanized south and, in the case of Quebec especially, exported to the U.S.
Playing a smaller but growing role in the country is wind, solar, biomass and geothermal. By the numbers, Canada’s installed generating capacity in 2009 was 125,485 MW with 60 percent derived from renewable resources, most of it hydro. In British Columbia and Quebec, hydro generation meets around 90 percent of electricity demand. But BC is a net importer of electricity while Quebec is a net exporter. Alberta and Saskatchewan are rich in oil and natural gas resources while coal is an abundant natural resource in Manitoba and northern Ontario. Nationally, nuclear generation comprises 20 percent of installed capacity, coal 15 percent and natural gas 5 percent.