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


(Picture Credit: Janet Patterson)
  • 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

(Picture Credit: Suncor Energy Inc)
  • Canada’s natural gas production is 3rd in the world
  • More than half of Canadian homes are heated by natural gas furnaces


(Picture Credit: Ontario Power Generation)
  • 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


(Picture Credit: First Solar)
  • 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

Essential Energy: Part II

Energy is critically important to us and our society, but how do we produce, harness and store our power?