Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Canada: Overview of Renewable Energy Mentions Lack of Geothermal Power Plants

NEB releases report on Canada's Adoption of Renewable Power Sources (News Release)

Canada generates a larger share of its electricity from renewable sources than most other developed economies in the world, primarily due to its hydro production, according to a new report released by the National Energy Board (NEB).

The report, titled Canada's Adoption of Renewable Power Sources, provides direct comparisons of how Canada ranks internationally for renewable power adoption. It also covers factors that affect the uptake of each renewable source, including financial costs, reliability and environmental impacts.

Large scale geothermal energy may be possible on Canada’s west coast by harnessing the “Ring of Fire” around the Pacific Ocean. Geothermal projects are also being considered in isolated northern communities, which would benefit from combined heat and power.

Although the technology to generate power from geothermal energy has existed for over 100 years, no geothermal power plants operate in Canada.

All of Canada has geothermal energy. However the principal areas showing the most promise are B.C., Alberta, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Saskatchewan.  Canada’s west coast, on the eastern periphery of the Ring of Fire around the Pacific Ocean, is suited for larger-scale commercial power production. Isolated northern communities are exploring synergies between geothermal heat and power, even at smaller scales, in order to displace comparatively high energy costs for electricity and heat.

Canada's Adoption of Renewable Power Sources (PDF)

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