Members of the electricity generating industry, together with provincial government ministers, Aboriginal leaders, and financing executives met in Ottawa on April 19 to discuss a cross-country green power corridor.
The meeting was held at a symbolically rich location: the old national railway headquarters at the Government Conference Centre.
The promoters of the corridor say such a corridor could put vast amounts of green energy on line. They estimate that Canada could access 163,173 MW of hydro power and 175,000 MW of wind power through such a cross-country grid.
In terms of wind energy, the promoters note that in Ontario, almost 95 per cent of its potential wind energy (39 MW) is north of the 50th parallel beyond the current grid structure. Quebec’s wind energy potential that is technically and economically viable in the short to medium term is 101,000 MW.
The Hon. Dwight Duncan, Minister of Energy for Ontario said, “The green power corridor is the railway of the 21st century. Building an inter-provincial green power corridor is as important to Canada today as was the building of the railway in the 19th century by the founders of our country.”
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