Electricity Generation and the Environment

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How much electricity do we use?

Canadians use a lot of electricity. We consumed 508,336,000,000 kilowatt hours in 2007. The only countries that used more were the USA, China, Japan, Russia, India, and Germany, and they have much larger populations than we do! If we look at the amount of electricity Canada uses per capita (per person), only three countries use more. In fact, in 2006 (the latest year for which figures are available), Canadians used 16,753.07 kWh of electricity per capita. Look at this map: which countries in the world use more electricity per person? 

The bottom line is that Canadians overconsume electricity. But let's think about this: is using electricity necessarily a bad thing? Where does it come from, and what are the environmental impacts of each source?

Electricity is "made/generated" from a variety of sources. Click on the graph segments below to learn about each generation type and its impacts on the environment.

Where does Canada's electricity come from?

Hover your mouse over the graph to find out. Click on the sections to learn about the environmental impact of each generation type.

Where does Ontario's electricity come from?

Again, hover your mouse over the graph to find out. Click on the sections to learn about the environmental impact of each generation type.

One way to reduce our impact on the environment is to reduce our electricity use. The Wattwize program can help you do just that. Let's learn how to conserve!

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