The Power of Diversity
When it comes to diversity, you
can’t beat Canada’s electricity industry’s power sources, which are as diverse as our geography and people. Nova Scotia launched its fledgling tidal power project this winter, a promising sign for a country with the world’s longest coast line. Saskatchewan is still fiercely defending its right to burn coal—the hydrocarbon that powered the nationbuilding railway in the 19th century and has helped turn us into a 21st century leader in carbon capture technology. In the North, communities that truck diesel fuel across ice roads at great cost are studying wind power and converting abandoned oil wells to geothermal systems, while Alberta prepares to swap out coal powered electricity for natural gas and renewables. Since the 19th century, rivers have thundered through turbines making hydro power the nation’s main muscle of electricity generation, which the East exports to the U.S. while the West is a net importer of electricity.