The province relies on a diverse number of sources to give it a secure and reliable supply of electricity. Nuclear, natural gas and renewable generation, such as hydroelectric, wind, solar and bioenergy, all produce the electricity Ontarians rely on.
Where does Ontario get most of its energy from?
In 2018, about 96% of electricity in Ontario is produced from zero-carbon emitting sources: 60% from nuclear, 26% from hydroelectricity, 7% from wind, and 2% from solar. The remainder is primarily from natural gas, with some biomass.
Why does Ontario use nuclear energy?
Nuclear power is one of the best ways to meet the constant electricity demands of Ontario reliably, cost effectively, and without the environmental impact of greenhouse gas and carbon emissions. Today, approximately 60% of Ontario’s power needs are met by nuclear.
Why is hydroelectricity used most in Canada?
Why? Because clean, renewable hydropower is one of the best sources of electricity available from a technical, environmental, social, and economic perspective. Hydropower can play a key role in meeting Canada’s growing electricity needs while reducing air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.
What is the difference between Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation?
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is the owner and operator of many of Ontario’s power generators, such as nuclear and hydroelectric plants. Transmission is now primarily handled by Hydro One, which funnels power to a number of local utilities who in turn ensure it reaches customers.