Energy 101

Energy Sources

 

Biomass

Biomass energy comes from the sugars and oils a plant makes during its growth.

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Coal

Canada’s coal reserves amount to close to 10 billion tonnes, capable of producing more energy than all other fossil fuel reserves combined.

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Hydro

Canada generates 12% of the world’s hydroelectric power. Over 60% of the electricity Canadians use is hydro energy.

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Natural Gas

Canada is the third largest natural gas producer in the world, with deposits both on land and offshore.

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Geothermal

Geothermal energy harnesses the natural heat within the earth, with more than 30,000 installations in 2013 across Canada heating and cooling buildings.

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Tidal

The total wave energy potential at depths of 1 km off Canada’s Atlantic and Pacific coasts is more than double Canada’s current electricity demand.

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Nuclear

Nuclear currently provides around 15% of Canada’s total electricity needs.

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Oil

After Saudia Arabia and Venezuela, Canada has the third largest reserves of crude oil in the world

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Solar

Canada has abundant solar energy resources, with the largest resources being found in southern Ontario, Quebec and the Prairies.

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Wind

Canada has some of the best onshore and offshore wind resources in the world and currently has over 150 wind farms.

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