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Proportion of electricity generated from renewable and non-greenhouse gas emitting sources
By 2030, 90%, and in the long term, 100% of Canada’s electricity is generated from renewable and non-emitting sources
This indicator measures the proportion of electricity generated from renewable and non-greenhouse gas emitting sources, which includes energy generated from hydraulic turbines, solar, tidal power turbines, wind power turbines, nuclear steam turbines and all electricity produced from biomass.
Canada, provinces and territories
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Monthly data on electric power generation are annualized and the sum of megawatt hours produced by renewable and non-greenhouse gas emitting sources are expressed as a proportion of the total electricity generated.
To align concepts between indicators, the methodology to calculate this indicator was updated in spring 2023 to include electricity generated from nuclear steam turbine and biomass in the definition of “electricity generated from renewable and non-greenhouse gas emitting sources.” This change does not affect the targets for the indicator but rather ensures comparable definitions and measurement between this indicator and the one published in the Energy Fact Book by Natural Resources Canada.
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Please note the following reason for the difference in the methodology used for this indicator and the one used for the indicator presented in the Energy Fact Book from Natural Resources Canada. The relatively small difference between the two proportions is due to the different methodologies used to estimate the energy generated from grid-connected photovoltaic systems. The energy generated from these systems is estimated through model-based calculations by Natural Resources Canada. The Statistics Canada estimate is based on data collected through surveys and excludes energy generated from photovoltaics systems with capacities below 100 kW and some systems with capacities between 100 kW and 1 mW.