In an era when people frequently lament fractured politics, it’s worth celebrating when a particularly important policy issue brings people together. To wit, this is the first federal election in which 5 of the top 6 parties’ platforms propose policies to increase the scope and speed of efforts to minimize greenhouse gas footprints in Canada.
Each would keep the carbon price rising for significant greenhouse gas emitters, such as fossil-fueled power plants. They all want additional electricity generated from our plentiful renewable energy resources, as well as more regional sharing. They’ve also proposed programs to accelerate electrification in sectors that are currently powered mainly by other energy sources, such as passenger car transportation and industrial hydrogen generation.
This high-level agreement is a significant step forward. If Canada is to fulfill its emission reduction targets, whoever government enters office after the election must move promptly to execute and expand on these promises.
The use of renewable energy must be at the forefront of these efforts. Today, Canada has the enormous benefit of a power supply that is virtually entirely derived from renewable energy sources. The flowing inland and marine waterways, blowing wind, and beaming sun hold enormous untapped potential. It’s a fantastic place to start.
In Canada, fully decarbonizing power production is vital and achievable, and it must be done so well before 2050. It is essential to increase the usage of this priceless resource next, as electricity now satisfies only roughly one-fifth of Canada’s overall ultimate energy needs.
Renewable power will help replace more of the harmful fuels that currently provide the remaining four-fifths of the final energy. This means it will require building the generating capacity considerably and quickly. According to numerous assessments, there is a need to produce 2 to 3 times as much the clean energy by 2050 as is currently done.
In Canada, there are numerous prospective renewable energy generation, storage, and transmission projects. A handful of these are already in the works and ready to go.
Wave and tidal energy along our coasts, hydropower restoration and development, additional wind and solar production across the nation, and more transmission systems and energy storage to connect it all together are among them. Such facilities’ development, building, and operation will necessitate a considerable amount of capital and highly skilled personnel. They will give major opportunities for the Indigenous areas across the nation. Moving to the size required from the climate change standpoint, on the other hand, necessitates quick action.Energy