The Power of Di­ver­sity

Alberta Oil - - OBSERVER -

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.

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