Ottawa – Electric power generation in Canada rose 3.2% from the same period in 2012 to 53.3 million megawatt hours (MWh) in November 2013, Statistics Canada reports. The gain was a result of a 4.0% rise in hydro power generation, which accounted for 63.2% of all generation in Canada.
Canadian consumption of electric power totalled 49.4 million MWh, a 3.3% increase. Exports to the United States rose 3.0% to 4.7 million MWh.
With hydro production up 6.1% in November compared with the same month in 2012, Quebec posted the largest increase in power generation in Canada. Electricity generation for the province totalled 17.7 million MWh for the month. The rise in hydro production was attributable to higher than normal water levels as well as the shutdown of nuclear power generation in the province at the end of 2012.
Also contributing to the national gain, Alberta produced 5.7 million MWh of electricity in November, 10.0% more than in November 2012. Rising production from coal-fired power plants pushed steam-conventional generation up 10.7% to 4.1 million MWh. The return to service of multiple generating units in recent months contributed to this increase.
Driven by gains in nuclear, wind and hydro generation, Ontario produced 12.6 million MWh of electricity in November, up 1.9% from the same month in 2012. Higher outputs from both nuclear (+3.4%) and hydro (+5.4%) continued to cover decreases in steam conventional generation (-37.1%) as a result of the closing of coal fired power plants.