WaterPower Canada welcomes the proposed approach announced today by the Federal Government for the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new emitting electricity generation. The approach under the OBPS Regulatory Proposal, published in December 2018, proposes that the standard for coal-fired electricity declines to reach the level of an efficient natural gas plant by 2030. The final regulations maintain that approach for coal but add a similar decline for new gas generation that drops to zero by 2030.
Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin, President of WaterPower Canada noted "the measure announced today is a very important step in driving the right behaviors toward an increased adoption of clean and renewable electricity. New investments in electricity generation will be on a level-playing field that increasingly steers investment away from fossil fuels and toward non-emitting electricity resources as we transition to a cleaner energy future”.
• Hydropower represents approximately 60% of all electricity production in Canada.. Hydropower makes Canada’s electricity grid one of the cleanest in the world.
• Canada is the world’s second largest hydroelectricity producer after China. We are recognized around the world as a hub for hydropower technology and expertise.
• For each of the last five years, Canada’s top ten largest infrastructure projects included at least four hydroelectricity projects, representing almost $40 billion in capital investment.
• Canada’s fleet of more than 500 hydropower generating stations is our “blue battery” supporting grid reliability and resilience. Reservoirs provide energy storage for months and years.
• Canada is a net-exporter of electricity to the United States along the 30 major inter-ties between the two countries. The vast majority of Canadian electricity exports to the U.S. are made of clean and renewable hydroelectricity.
The Canadian Hydropower Association Announces New Corporate Name
Ottawa, ON, March 7, 2019 – For immediate release – The Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA) – the national voice for hydropower in Canada – announced today that it is changing its corporate name to WaterPower Canada (WPC). This name change reflects the organization's commitment to provide clear and effective messaging to stakeholders and the public.
Ottawa, ON, December 21, 2018 – Yesterday the Federal Government announced new draft regulations for the Output Based Pricing System (OBPS) for greenhouse gas emissions. This proposal establishes new rules and emissions limits applicable to industrial activities, including thermal power generation, with the goal of improving Canada’s position in the fight against climate change.
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Ottawa, December 21, 2018 – The Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA) congratulates the federal government on its climate change leadership, reflected in the Clean Fuel Standard Regulatory Design Paper released yesterday, December 20th. This marks tremendous progress and positions Canada to achieve significant emission reductions associated with the use of cleaner fuels and electrification of road vehicles.
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Ottawa, November 22, 2018 – The Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA) is proud to release Paths Forward: Hydropower and Indigenous Relationships across Canada. The publication is a follow-up to a version released in 2015 and, much like the first edition, is a collection of stories that highlight positive and progressive relationships that Indigenous communities and the hydropower sector have built together. ... read more