The In­di­ca­tor: 63 per­cent

Alberta Oil - - OBSERVER -

THAT’S HOW MUCH OF CANADA’S ELEC­TRIC­ITY COMES

from hy­dro power, putting us near the top of the hy­dro league ta­ble world­wide. Canada is also one of the world’s old­est pro­duc­ers of hy­dro­elec­tric­ity, pro­duc­ing power across three cen­turies ever since the Niagara River first pow­ered an elec­tric rail­way in 1893.

Largely due to hy­dro power, EY ranks Canada ninth on its Re­new­able En­ergy Coun­try At­trac­tive­ness In­dex. Yet, in the heated de­bate over low- ver­sus high-car­bon en­ergy sources, hy­dro—clean power’s un­sung cham­pion—of­ten slips un­der the radar among re­new­ables boost­ers.

Canada is also the world’s ninth largest wind pro­ducer. The coun­try’s first com­mer­cial wind farm was built in Al­berta in 1993. Still, wind pro­vides just 4 per­cent of Canada’s power sup­ply, with the top wind gen­er­a­tors be­ing En­bridge and Tran­sCanada.

The Niagara River pro­vides the driv­ing force that gen­er­ates nearly two gi­gawatts of elec­tric­ity from power plants on the Cana­dian side of the border

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