Shift to Clean Electricity can be Powered by Abundant Renewable Resources

November 21, 2016

OTTAWA—The Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity made the following statement in response to the federal government’s announcement regarding a shift from coal-fired power to clean electricity:


“Phasing out traditional coal-fired power and delivering 90 per cent zero-carbon electricity by 2030 is a progressive and necessary step on the path towards fully capitalizing on Canada’s tremendous renewable energy potential and achieving close to 100 per cent zero-carbon electricity by 2050.”
— Robert Hornung, Canadian Wind Energy Association

“Canada has witnessed significant growth in renewable electricity over the past decade. Wind and solar capacity has grown quickly, we are beginning to harness our marine energy resources, and hydro power has continued as Canada’s foundation of clean power supply. But most exciting is that we’re just scratching the surface of Canada’s renewable energy potential.”
— Jacob Irving, Canadian Hydropower Association

“Goals such as 90 per cent clean electricity by 2030 and an emissions reduction of  80 per cent by 2050 send a clear signal to investors that we are continuing to transition from fossil fuels to renewable electricity, as we must, to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.”
— John Gorman, Canadian Solar Industries Association

“Canada’s renewable energy resources provide Canada with a comparative advantage. Not only can we make continued strides to clean up our electricity supply, we can begin to transition from fossil fuels to renewable electricity for heat, transportation and industrial needs.”
— Elisa Obermann, Marine Renewables Canada


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  • Renewable energy sources such as sun, wind, and water currently meet 65 per cent of Canada’s electricity needs.
  • Canada has the cleanest, most renewable electricity generation system in the G7, and the fourth-largest renewable energy capacity in the world.
  • A recent report for the United Nations identified boosting renewable electricity production—in combination with electrifying buildings, industry, and transportation—as a key step on a path Canada can take to “decarbonize” its economy. (Source: Pathways to Deep Decarbonization – Canada Chapter, Sustainable Development Solutions Network & Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, 2014.)

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Established in 2015, the Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity is a non-partisan organization that allows Canada’s leading national renewable electricity industry associations to collaborate, educate and pursue common opportunities as a solutions provider to the critical challenge of decarbonizing the North American energy system while bolstering economic growth.