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Canada - Country of Hydropower

Hydropower is the most efficient of all renewable energies and is available anytime almost everywhere all over the world. In Canada, it is the most important source of electrical power within the country’s total energy mix.

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Canada - Country of Hydropower

"Over the next two decades, hydropower project development will benefit Canada with over $125 billion in investments and a million jobs. While approximately 1,500 units already installed generate 74,000MW capacity, more than double remains available." (Bill Malus, President and CEO, Voith Hydro Canada)

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Voith helps tap into the enormous potential.

A lot of natural water resources mean a lot of power. This rule applies especially to Canada. Hydropower constitutes for more than 60% of the country’s total electricity generation. Its share in the field of renewable energies even amounts to 97%.

Canada is predestined for the intensive use of hydropower as a source of energy. Scores of large rivers run through the country, the natural setting of the country provides room for environmentally friendly and efficient pumped-storage power plants.

Canada still has unexplored potential for the production of electricity from hydro resources. Experts estimate that today only one third of the total capacity has been tapped into.

Highlights

500 More than 500 hydro-electric power plants in operation.

350 Generating approximately 350 terawatt hours of electricity per year.

100,000 The hydroelectric power station Eastmain 1-A that is capable of providing almost 100,000 households in the capital city of Quebec with renewable power.

Currently, there are more than 500 hydro-electric power plants in Canada in operation, generating approximately 350 terawatt hours of electricity per year – mainly in the provinces of Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario.

Most recently, Voith participated in building the hydroelectric power station Eastmain 1-A that is capable of providing almost 100,000 households in the capital city of Quebec with renewable power.

William (Bill) Malus
President and CEO, Voith Hydro Canada

Bill Malus

"Owing to its power generation that is predominantly hydro, Canada has the cleanest and most renewable electricity system of the G8 countries. Hydropower represents one of the most natural conversions of the earth’s resources into energy, and stands for 63% of the electrical supply in Canada.

Over the next two decades, hydropower project development will benefit Canada with over $125 billion in investments and a million jobs. While approximately 1,500 units already installed generate 74,000MW capacity, more than double remains available.

Voith Hydro, through its long history built on reliable technical expertise and strong customer relationships, contributes extensively to the supply of sustainable power and to the financial growth of Canada."