New IEA report on Canada’s energy policy recognizes integral role of hydro in achieving net-zero goals

Ottawa, Ontario, January 18, 2022 – WaterPower Canada applauds the release of Canada 2022: Energy Policy Review – a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

While providing a comprehensive assessment of energy and energy policy in Canada, the Review recognizes the central role that the hydropower sector must play to achieve the federal government’s goals of 90% non-emitting electricity by 2030, and net zero by 2035. The Review states that:

  • “Canada already has one of the cleanest electricity systems in the world (led by hydropower), with over 83% of production from non-emitting sources, and aims to increase that to 90% by 2030. Early actions, like the federal commitment to phase out traditional coal power across the country by 2030 and new hydro projects, will help to meet this goal.”


  • “The dominant role that hydroelectricity plays in several Canadian provinces, along with the fact that many hydro projects in Canada are large and have sizeable reservoirs, will also significantly assist with the integration of variable generation, as wind and solar generation are poised for growth.”


  • “Canada also identifies a significant opportunity to leverage regional advantages to increase the penetration of both hydro and variable renewables through the buildout of interprovincial interconnections. Strengthening interprovincial connectivity offers considerable upside to allow fossil fuel-dependent provinces to decarbonise and electrify their economies.”



“It is encouraging to see a reputable agency, such as the IEA, recognize the cornerstone role that hydropower plays in our electricity mix today, and its potential for the future. Their newly released report underlines the urgency to streamline and fast-track renewable hydropower projects. The hydropower industry currently provides clean and renewable energy to more than 20 million Canadians and could still double the output by harnessing our enviable untapped waterpower potential. It simply makes sense for Canada’s largest renewable energy sector to continue to play a leading role in the energy transition, and we are ready to act now,” said Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin, President & CEO, WaterPower Canada.


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