A number of countries have realized that fossil fuel is unreliable as well as harmful, and that the future is with renewable energy. Canada is one of the first few countries to make the shift away from fossil fuel and harness renewables. The country has widespread exploration and extraction activities currently underway and they have been adding to their capacity to generate power from solar, wind, and biomass at a rapid rate too.
And while this shift has been happening, Canada seems have diverted their focus off hydro energy, which has been proven to hinder the ecological system and hence is losing traction. Since 2005, the country has put strong emphasis on natural gas and wind energy.
As per the updates provided by the National Energy Board, Canada generated 66% of its electricity from renewables in 2016, in which hydro constituted for 58.8% while non-hydro accounted for merely 7.2%. A substantial chunk of power came from nuclear that year, amounting for 80.6% of the total energy generation by the country by the means of non-emitting greenhouse gases.
Wind Energy Generation Overhauls Solar and Biomass Put Together
The report highlights that wind energy is turning into a strong trend in the country, with 830 MW of new capacity added in 2016 as opposed to a collective 463 MW of power produced from biomass and solar. It must be noted that overall in 2016, the energy generation capacity of Canada decreased in 2016 as a result of shutting down of the Burrard Thermal Generating Station in B.C, which had a capacity of about 900 MW.