Carbon targets - Canadian provinces

This page contains resources about provinces that have set or are setting targets for reducing the carbon emissions generated by the generation of electricity.

Ontario- 50% nuclear. Phased out coal by 2014 (initially was 2007). Ontario’s target for energy from wind, solar and bio-energy is 10,700 MW (13%) by 2018 (excluding hydroelectric). Planning for 9,000 MW from hydro by 2018

Quebec- already nearly 100% (98% hydro, 2% nuclear, <1% conventional thermal)

Manitoba- 30% from renewablesby 2030

Nova Scotia - COMFIT program increase electricity supply generated by renewablesto 25 % by 2015 and 40 % by 2020. Limits participants to community-owned projects

Alberta- does not appear to have any targets

British Columbia

  • Zero greenhouse gas emissions from coal fired electricity generation.
  • All new electricity generation projects will have zero net greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Zero net greenhouse gas emissions from existing thermal generation power plants by 2016.
  • Ensure clean or renewable electricity generation continues to account for at least 90 per cent of total generation.
  • No nuclear power.
  • Best coal-bed gas practices in North America.
  • Eliminate all routine flaring at oil and gas producing wells and production facilities by 2016 with an interim goal to reduce flaring by half (50 per cent) by 2011.

Newfoundland & Labrador- does not appear to have any targets

Nova Scotia

  • 25% Renewable Electricity by 2015- This plan commits the 2015 target of 25% renewable electricity to law.
  • The New Goal: 40% Renewable Electricity by2020

New Brunswick - does not appear to have any targets

Prince Edward Island - Renewable Energy Act calling for 15% by 2010 and 100% by 2015. (Initially, the policy included a section that committed the province to a target of 100 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2015, but in recognition of the technological challenge stemming from intermittency of wind power, this section was withdrawn.)

Reportedly, PEI has also set a target of 30% power from renewablesby 2016.