Priority 8: Hydro-Super-Power

Priority 8: Hydro-Super-Power

Eighth in a series on the ‘Now or Never” report of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (ENEV).

With Priority 8 we move away from oil and gas and to another giant on the Canadian energy scene:  hydropower.

Hydropower accounts for nearly two thirds of Canada’s electricity production. Hydropower is a low emissions resource and Canada is fortunate enough to have the geography to support it. All provinces and territories have available hydropower to develop. So what does this mean for Canada’s energy future? Well, it is pretty simple actually, more hydropower. As basic as that seems, that is really all there is to it.

So today’s lesson is short but sweet. And fun. Here’s Rick under Niagara Falls running Big Becky. Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Niagara Tunnel project is currently Canada’s biggest infrastructure project. When completed (2013) OPG will be able to generate a further 1.6 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually –enough to meet the electricity needs of about 160,000 homes for a hundred years or more.