Canada generated 48.7 million MWh of electricity in October, up 1.1% year-over-year, driven by 2.1% gain in hydro generation, 3.1% gain in nuclear generation; exports to US rose 11.5% to 4.8 million MWh: Statistics Canada

OTTAWA , January 9, 2014 (press release) – Canada generated 48.7 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in October, up 1.1% from the same period in 2012. The increase was led by gains in hydro (+2.1%) and nuclear power (+3.1%) generation. Combined, the two sources represented 78.9% of total power generation. Canadian demand for electricity rose 0.6% to 44.9 million MWh. Exports to the United States rose 11.5% to 4.8 million MWh.

Ontario posted the largest gain in power generation among the provinces, producing 12.2 million MWh of electricity in October, up 5.3% from the same month a year earlier. Nuclear (+5.2%) and hydro (+19.4%) power generation continued to rise as a result of capital improvements made in late 2012. Ontario's decommissioning of coal-fired power plants helped fuel a 28.3% decrease in conventional steam power generation. Five years ago, conventional steam power generation represented more than 14% of the province's total electric power production. It accounted for 3.3% in October.

Manitoba produced 3.1 million MWh of electricity in October, up 23.2% from the same month in 2012. Increased capacity and higher water levels led to a 24.5% rise in hydro power generation. Much of the gain in power generation led to larger exports to the United States, which rose 79.5% to 1.1 million MWh.

Increased hydro production helped push total electricity generation for British Columbia up 3.2% in October to 5.7 million MWh. Production, however, was outstripped by demand, which topped 6.2 million MWh in October. To meet demand, British Columbia imported 0.8 million MWh of electricity from the United States.

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