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Renewable Energy


Canadian electricity use is one of the highest in the world, with about 16,000 kWh.

Harnessing the natural and renewable energies of the sun, wind, moving water, earth and biomass improves the sustainability of energy production and delivers benefits to the environment and to human health. These forms of energy are renewable for future generations and do not increase carbon dioxide levels or other pollutants in the Earth’s atmosphere. Renewable energy technologies are one of the fastest growing energy markets in the world today.



Leading scientists are developing innovative technologies that can use energy from wind, solar thermal, solar, earth and bioenergies to fulfill energy requirements for electricity, heating and cooling. Improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of emerging hydro technologies is also being investigated. Specialists are exploring potential technologies that will harness energy from wave, tidal, and water currents while considering the full scope of impacts associated with marine energy extraction.

Statistics Canada reported that although electricity generation from wind, solar and tidal sources is rising, they represented less than 0.5% of total generation in 2007. Statistics Canada also noted that wind generation capacity rose 28.5% during 2007, which indicates enormous growth opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

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This interactive piece allows users to select from a menu to learn details on Canada’s energy consumption, including such forms as Solar, Geothermal, Biodiesel, and wind power.













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