Leaders of Canada’s electricity sector announce new alliance to help meet Canada’s net-zero emissions targets
Oct 27, 2021
Six associations representing the leading suppliers of electricity to consumers and markets in Canada announced today the creation of Electricity Alliance Canada (EAC), a coalition promoting the power of electrification to lead the way to a sustainable energy future.
The founding members are the Canadian Electricity Association, the Canadian Nuclear Association, the Canadian Renewable Energy Association, Electricity Human Resources Canada, Marine Renewables Canada, and WaterPower Canada.
Electricity Alliance Canada’s mandate is to enable, promote and advocate for the increased use of electricity throughout the Canadian economy to help achieve Canada’s net-zero emissions target.
Canada has committed to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 40% to 45% below 2005 levels by 2030, and net zero emissions by 2050. The new commitment to achieving a 100% net-zero emissions electricity sector by 2035 will be critical to our success.
Canada already has a clean electricity system; more than 80% of our power supply comes from non-emitting hydroelectric, nuclear, wind, solar, and marine renewable generation. Our remaining coal-fired power plants are being phased out by 2030.
But even more non-emitting electricity will be needed to support the electrification of transportation and buildings, the production of hydrogen, and the decarbonization of industrial processes and resource extraction.
Numerous studies envision Canada’s demand for electricity doubling or tripling as we move to net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions across the economy by 2050.
Canada must prioritize using our abundant, established and emerging, non-emitting electricity resources to accelerate our climate progress and decarbonize our country.
Comprehensive strategies and collaboration among governments will be required to facilitate the increased use of electricity to power transportation, buildings and industry at the scale and speed required to ensure Canada’s net-zero targets can be achieved.
Canada must rapidly deploy existing technologies, train the workforce for the required skilled jobs, advance nascent technologies, and connect all the components in a more integrated manner across our national grid.
With the right policies and support, electricity can be Canada’s leading climate solution. As an energetic new coalition, Electricity Alliance Canada aims to make it happen.
To learn more about EAC, please visit our website.
“Electricity will power Canada’s energy transition and create many new well-paying jobs. We are pleased to announce this enhanced collaboration to advance discussion and implement strategies that promote greater electrification in a way that is sustainable, reliable and affordable. Electricity Alliance Canada looks forward to working with governments and energy users to capture the full potential of electricity to contribute to Canada’s net-zero target.”
Francis Bradley, President and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association
John Gorman, President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association
Robert Hornung, President and CEO of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association
Michelle Branigan, CEO of Electricity Human Resources Canada
Elisa Obermann, Executive Director of Marine Renewables Canada
Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin, President and CEO, WaterPower Canada