Electric power generation in Canada has slowed dramatically over the past few years, a sharp reversal from the boom years when many regions were in the grips of a full-blown electricity revolution.
The latest statistics from the Canada Energy Research Institute show that the electricity sector in the country is now a net negative net electricity producer for the third straight year, down from a net positive net positive for the previous two years.
The latest data comes as Canada’s federal government is set to release its next energy plan for 2020 and 2021.
The plan will be the most ambitious yet and will focus on how to revitalize the economy, and create jobs, according to the Canadian Press.
The country’s electric utility industry, which has seen a sharp decline over the last several years, is not feeling the effects of the economic downturn quite as much as other sectors.
In fact, a report released by the University of British Columbia on Tuesday revealed that electricity generation in B.C. and Ontario are in steady decline.
B.C., Ontario and Alberta all experienced a sharp drop in electricity generation between 2016 and 2020.
B.L. and B.N. are still experiencing a steep drop, with the province reporting an annual decline of 9.6 per cent and 12.1 per cent respectively.
But in Ontario and B of N, the number of generating stations is still rising at an average rate of 1.9 per cent a year, a pace that has dropped slightly since 2020.
The Canadian electricity industry has a lot of explaining to do, said Chris Balsamo, an energy expert at the University