Thursday, June 02, 2016

Hydropowered Canadians

Hydropower produces about 60% of all the electricity generated in Canada. You can explore Canada's coast to coast hydropower infrastructure on the Canadian Hydropower Interactive Map.

The map shows the location of Canada's hydropower facilities and transmission lines. You can select the markers of the individual hydroelectric installations on the map to view the name of the operator and the installation's capacity.

The text accompanying the map says that Canada has the ability to more than double the amount of electricity generated by hydropower. If you look at the map you can see that northern Québec and northern Manitoba appear to be at least two locations where there is the potential for new hydropower installations. I assume however that the development and infrastructure costs rise significantly the further north you are and the further you are from the more densely populated areas of the country.

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