Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity

Canada is a global leader in using renewable electricity to power our homes, businesses and economy. With more than 65 percent of our electricity coming from renewable energy, we are a leader amongst the G7 group of countries.

The story of renewable electricity powering the Canadian economy is almost as old as the country itself; in 1881, the Ottawa Electric Light Company built the first Canadian hydropower facility at Chaudière Falls.

Yet with so much potential, the most compelling story about Canadian renewable electricity has yet to be written.

Now the rest of the world is shifting to renewable electricity. From the United States to Europe to Africa and Asia, global investment in new renewable electricity capacity now outpaces fossil fuel sources. Technological innovation continues to drive down costs, and unlike fossil fuels, there’s no fuel cost.

The wind, water, oceans and sun provide an inexhaustible supply of renewable fuel to power our economy.

Ensuring our electricity grid is powered by clean, renewable energy offers a key climate change solution. And the more we electrify our economy—from buildings, to industry, to transportation—with renewable resources, the faster and deeper we can cut greenhouse gas pollution and ensure Canada stands out as a climate change leader.

With abundant and diverse renewable electricity resources distributed across the country, Canada has the potential to lead the world.

And when Canada leads, Canada wins.

“Clean, renewable, abundant hydropower has been powering our nation’s economy for over 130 years, we are well positioned to serve a growing Canadian and U.S. clean energy market.”

-Jacob Irving, President, Canadian Hydropower Association

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The Council

In 2015, a group of four industry associations together established the Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity to educate and engage Canadians about the opportunity to expand the production and use of renewable electricity across the country. An initiative of Canada’s leading, national renewable electricity associations, the Council will work to build public support for increased development of our abundant renewable electricity resources in order to further decarbonize North America’s energy system.
The founding members of the Council are the Canadian Hydropower Association, Canadian Solar Industries Association, Canadian Wind Energy Association, and Marine Renewables Canada.

Clean Energy Canada, a program of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, provides Secretariat support to the Council.

“With abundant wave, tidal, and river resources, Canada is poised to benefit from the emerging marine renewable energy industry at home and in the growing global marketplace.”

-Elisa Obermann, Executive Director, Marine Renewables Canada

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Our Members

The founding members of the Council are the Canadian Hydropower Association, Canadian Solar Industries Association, Canadian Wind Energy Association, and Marine Renewables Canada.

To view detailed information on each of the Council members, select a link below.

“Solar energy is positioned to play a major role in the global transition to a sustainable, clean energy future.”

-John Gorman, President and CEO, Canadian Solar Industries Association

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Resources

The wind, water, waves and sun provide an inexhaustible supply of free fuel to power our economy.With abundant and diverse renewable electricity resources distributed across the country, Canada has the potential to lead the world.

To view detailed information on each of the renewable resources, select an icon below:

Hydro

Hydro Energy

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Canada punches above its weight in hydro power, 3rd largest hydro producer in the world.
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$125 billion will be invested in hydro projects in next 20 years creating upwards of 1,000,000 jobs.

Marine

Marine Energy

Over the next twenty-five years, the tidal energy industry could contribute up to $1.7 billion to Nova Scotia’s gross domestic product (GDP)

Canada has the highest tides in the world, with 160 billion tonnes of seawater flowing into the Bay of Fundy during a tide – comparatively, that is 25x more volume than flows over Niagara Falls in the same 6 hour interval.

Solar

 Solar Energy

Canadian and Indian companies recently signed 2 solar power deals worth more than $1 billion.

Solar installations in Canada grew by 41% from 2013 to 2014, 52% from 2012 to 2013 and a whopping 670% from 2010 to 2014.

Wind

Wind Energy

Wind power in Canada produces enough electricity to power the equivalent to over 3 million average Canadian homes.

Wind installations grew by 24% throughout Canada in 2014

“Canada is a global leader in responsible and sustainable development of renewable wind energy.”

-Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association

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