What is Let's Talk Energy?

Let's Talk Energy is a national program that aims to enhance energy awareness and literacy among Canadians to contribute to a sustainable energy future.


Canadian Energy 101


(Picture Credit: Sean Tudor)
  • Bioenergy is the second largest form of renewable energy in Canada, with a total electricity generating capacity of 1,700 megawatts in 2012
  • Canada has a growing fuel ethanol industry, producing about 1,400 million litres per year


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  • Canada’s coal reserves amount to close to 10 billion tonnes, capable of producing more energy than all other fossil fuel reserves combined
  • Canada produced close to 67 million tonnes of coal in 2012. 31 million tonnes was metallurgical (steel-making) coal and 36 million tonnes was thermal coal, used to generate electricity


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  • While Canada has no large scale geothermal plants, in 2010 there were over 95,000 ground-source heat pumps representing about 1,045 megawatts of thermal energy


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  • Canada is the 3th largest hydroelectric producer in the world, representing 12% of global production
  • Canada boasts one of the most renewable electrical grids in the world due to the fact that 60% of our electricity is generated through hydro

Natural Gas

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  • Canada’s natural gas production is 3rd in the world
  • More than half of Canadian homes are heated by natural gas furnaces


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  • Canada has the highest grade uranium reserves in the world (located in Saskatchewan)
  • Bruce Power is the world’s largest nuclear facility, generating approximately 6300 megawatts of energy, and providing almost 30% of Ontario’s electricity


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  • Canada has the 3rd largest oil reserves globally, 98% of which are located in oil sands deposits
  • 94% of all Canadian transportation energy comes from petroleum


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  • In 2011, Canadian solar installed capacity reached 495 megawatts


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  • Canada is one of only six countries that produces electricity from tidal power
  • The Annapolis station in Nova Scotia is the 3rd largest station in the world, with an installed capacity of 20 megawatts


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  • As of 2014, Canada had over 150 wind farms with a generating capacity of 8517MW
  • In 2014, wind energy supplied about 3% of Canadian electrical demand

Canadian energy at a crossroads? Part 1

Many people talk about the continuing need for a productive energy dialogue to get at the many issues facing Canada but I want to get to some of the tough questions that we need to be willing to ask if we want to make real progress in such a dialogue

Essential Energy: Part I

Humanity’s quest for fire has increased in intensity. We have dammed rivers, flooded arable land and cut lumber to feed our energy appetite. Today we burn billions of tons of coal, oil, and natural gas, all the while emitting greenhouse gases.