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Electric power statistics, January 2015

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Released: 2015-03-25

Canada generated 61.2 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity in January, up 1.5% from January 2014. The increase was a result of higher generation levels in Quebec, Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador. Exports of electricity to the United States rose by 11.8% to 5.4 million MWh, while imports fell 37.2% to 0.8 million MWh, influenced by the strong appreciation of the US dollar against the loonie. While generation increased, the rise in net exports of electricity resulted in a 0.2% decline in available electricity (56.5 million MWh) in Canada.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Electricity generation and consumption - Description and data table
Electricity generation and consumption

Chart 1: Electricity generation and consumption - Description and data table

The major contributors to the decrease in domestic demand were British Columbia (-4.2%) and Alberta (-4.5%). In British Columbia, generation declined 0.9% to 6.2 million MWh as a result of lower production from combustion turbine and conventional steam power plants. As well, the province purchased less electricity from other provinces and the United States while increasing sales south of the border. Alberta's drop in demand contributed to a 5.2% decrease in generation to 5.6 million MWh.

Tempering the decline in national demand were New Brunswick and Ontario. In New Brunswick, demand for electricity rose 10.5% above January 2014 levels to 1.8 million MWh. Colder than normal temperatures in the Atlantic province, where electricity is the primary heating source, contributed to the rise in demand. While generation levels edged down 0.4% to 1.6 million MWh on a year-over-year basis, the supply was supplemented by increased receipts of electricity from Quebec and lower exports to the United States.

Demand for electricity rose 1.0% in Ontario to 11.0 million MWh in January. To meet the increase, electric power generation rose 2.0% to 13.5 million MWh on the strength of rising nuclear power generation.

  Note to readers

The purpose of this report is to produce a consistent monthly indicator of the supply of electricity in Canada, a key input in the calculation of monthly gross domestic product.

Total net electricity generation for Canada, the provinces and the territories combines all of the electricity generated from all sources, including hydro, steam, nuclear, internal combustion, wind, solar, tidal and other.

Total available electricity is the total electricity generation, minus deliveries, plus receipts of electricity.

All data on imports and exports are provided directly by the National Energy Board.

Data from September to December 2014 have been revised.

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