Thursday, May 29, 2014

Canada to Get 90% Electricity from Non-Emitting Sources by 2020

The Chaudiรจres hydroelectric dam in Toronto.
I was doing some research on national sustainability policy today and ran across a fascinating statistic.  Canada's sustainability planning has them on track to get 90% of their electricity from non-emitting sources by 2020.  Right now, they are at a staggering 79% of electricity from non-emitting sources.  Most of this energy is in the form of hydroelectric power (63.7%) and most of the rest from nuclear power (15%).  Wind energy makes up just 0.6% of the electricity produced.

In contrast, in the U.S. we get 19 % of our electricity from nuclear, 7% from hydroelectric, and 3.5% from wind.  Certainly Canada's vast river systems suitable for hydroelectric power development give that nation an advantage for the production of non-emitting energy. But we have a long way to go in the USA.

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