04 May Two thirds of Canada’s electricity provided by renewables
Canada produced around 66% of its electricity from renewable sources, largely as a result of its booming hydroelectric sector.
According to a recent National Energy Board (NEB) report, around 60% of Canada’s electricity originated from hydro energy, with a further 6% coming from wind, solar and biomass.
The North American nation is the second largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world, accounting for 10% of hydro generation worldwide.
Shelley Milutinovic, chief economist at NED, said: “Canada’s hydro generation has allowed the country to be one of the global leaders in renewable energy for years.
“Now, as solar, wind and other technologies become more cost competitive, we expect to see a continuing increase in their adoption in the future.”
The report added that Canada’s wind power capacity had risen 20-fold in the decade leading up to 2015.
Energy from biomass projects provided around 2% of Canada’s electricity, while solar power contributed just 0.5%.
The report said: “Other renewable technologies, such as offshore wind, tidal power, and geothermal energy, have not experienced significant uptake in Canada, but still have potential.”