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Converting over 90% of available
energy into electricity, hydropower is
the most efficient source of electrical
energy. By comparison, the best fossil
fuel power plants operate at approxi-
mately 60% efficiency.
Hydropower facilities have a very
long service life, which can be extend-
ed indefinitely, and further improved.
Some operating facilities in Canada
are 100 years and older. This makes for
long-lasting, affordable electricity.
That’s renewable.
There is additional hydropower po-
tential across Canada.
Thanks to generation that is pre-
dominantly hydro, Canada has the
cleanest and most renewable electricity
system of the G8 countries.
Even with the conservation ef-
forts that the hydropower industry
promotes, electricity demand will con-
tinue to grow in Canada, North Amer-
ica and the world because of popula-
tion and economic growth. A greater
number of electric vehicles on the road
could also drive significant new de-
Canada’s hydropower potential
more than double our current capac-
ity – can help meet demand while re-
ducing GHGs and air pollutants. All
regions of Canada have hydropower
resources available for development,
making it a truly national resource.
With a reservoir to store energy,
hydropower becomes more flexible
than any other energy source and can
support the integration of other renew-
able but variable power sources such
as wind or solar power.
That’s potential.
Providing 60% of our electricity, hy-
dropower is a cornerstone of Canada’s
The clean electricity that hydro-
power supplies to Canadians supports
the growth of industry, commerce,
infrastructure and communities.
Over the next twenty years, hy-
dropower project development will
benefit Canada with over $125 billion
in investments and a million jobs.
Able to satisfy most of its own
needs, Canada is one of the world’s
few net energy exporters. Most of our
electricity exports are clean and renew-
able because they come from hydro-
Canada exports an average of 40
terawatt hours per year. Each terawatt
hour of hydro exported to the United
States largely displaces fossil fuel gen-
eration. This reduces North American
GHG emissions by at least half a mil-
lion tons and increases Canada’s reve-
nues by up to $100 million per terawatt