Electric power generation in Canada rose 3.1% year-over-year in March to 55.9 million MWh as consumption increased 5.4% to 52.8 million MWh: Statistics Canada

OTTAWA , May 28, 2014 (press release) – Electric power generation rose 3.1% from the same month a year earlier to 55.9 million megawatt hours (MWh) in March. Hydro power, the largest component of generation, edged up 0.2% from March 2013 to 35.9 million MWh.

In March, electricity consumption in Canada increased 5.4% from March 2013 to 52.8 million MWh. Generation by utilities was up 3.8% in March to 52.4 million MWh. However, industrial generation fell for the second consecutive month, down 6.8% to 3.5 million MWh.

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Electricity generation
Line chart – Chart 1: Electricity generation, from March 2011 to March 2014

Chart description: Electricity generation

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Quebec and Ontario account for the bulk of electricity generation in Canada. Quebec produced 20.1 million MWh of electricity in March, up 4.4% from March 2013. Hydro generation accounted for 19.9 million MWh, up 4.3% from March 2013. With consumption higher than usual during March, all types of electricity generation posted increases except steam (-10.8%).

Electric power generation in Ontario edged up 0.6% in March from the same month a year earlier. Nuclear generation continued to rise, up 11.1% to 7.9 million MWh in March, and is now Ontario's primary source of electricity generation. Offsetting the gains in nuclear generation in March were declines in electricity generation by hydro (-5.4%) and steam (-43.8%).

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Electricity generation by type
Bar clustered chart – Chart 2: Electricity generation by type

Chart description: Electricity generation by type

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Canada's total electricity imports from the United States more than doubled, increasing 112.6% from the same month a year earlier to 1.9 million MWh in March. British Columbia imported more electricity than any other province, up 90.8% from March 2013 to over 1.3 million MWh.

Conversely, Canada's total exports to the United States declined 1.1% to 4.9 million MWh in March. Quebec exported more electricity than any other province, sending 2.2 million MWh to the United States in March, down 8.5% from March 2013.

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