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  • 1. Waterpower in Canada Canadian Water Summit Calgary, Alberta, June 28, 2012 Innovating Up and Down Stream:Smarter Water Use in Energy Production Jacob Irving President, Canadian Hydropower Association
  • 2. Canadian Hydro Facts • 60% of Canada’s electricity • 97% of Canada’s renewable electricity • Installed capacity over 74,000 MW • 4th Largest in world • 355 TWh/year – 40 TWh/year exported to USA • 3rd Largest in world • Clean and renewable: zero air pollution and ultra low greenhouse gas emissions2
  • 3. Electricity Globally Canadian Electricity3
  • 4. Canadian Hydro Capacity and Potential 163,000 17,664 25,000 11,524 20 74,000 77 4,307 200 CANADA 33,137 25 8,540 11,775 3,000 4,200 8,785 44,100 3,955 6,795 12,608 1,600 10,270 909 300 4,500 5,500 854 5,029 3,700 37,459 614 3 8,349 922 8,499 TECHNICAL POTENTIAL in Megawatts 403 PLANNED HYDRO in Megawatts (included as part of technical potential) CURRENT INSTALLED CAPACITY in Megawatts 4 NB Includes only undeveloped conventional hydro projects - Refurbishment ,Tidal, Wave, Kinetic potential not displayed
  • 5. The Hydro Advantage • Reliable, efficient and unique dispatchability • Only renewable electricity source with large- scale energy storage – has its own battery • Enables variable renewables like wind and solar • Many dams are multipurpose (flood control, navigation, irrigation, fisheries, etc.) • Zero net consumption of water • More than $127 billion in investment and a million jobs over the next 20 years5
  • 6. Hydropower Maturity and Innovation Hydropower has a 130 year history in Canada. The industry is evolving and innovating to: • Reduce its environmental footprint • Minimizing flooding and related impacts • Improved mitigation measures (fish ladders, etc.) • Improve its social acceptability • Partnerships with First Nations • Multistakeholder water planning processes6
  • 7. Hydropower Maturity and Innovation • Increase efficiency • Refurbishment of existing facilities (new turbines) • Introduction of HVDC power lines • New forms of water power • Ocean Energy – Tidal and wave energy recovery • Kinetic – in stream turbines • Climate change • Ongoing studies regarding reservoir emissions • Ouranos studies on future precipitation patterns7
  • 8. Hydropower and electric vehicles • Half of undeveloped Canadian potential alone could fuel all light duty vehicles in Canada and 25% of US vehicles • In all regions of Canada, hydro projects under consideration would produce enough electricity to allow the electrification of all Canadian LDVs. • The electrification of all Canadian LDVs would result in a reduction in GHG emissions of ~70 Mt, or approximately 10% of the country’s total GHGs for all sectors of the economy combined.8
  • 9. Summary • Hydropower industry is collaborating in water use planning and watershed management • Canadian hydropower is large, it is growing and can grow more • Hydropower can help fight climate change • Greater electrification of our energy system is desirable and hydropower can help (EVs) • Hydropower is the best long term choice for electricity generation in Canada9
  • 10. Questions?
  • 11. Appendix AHydropower is virtually GHG free.