New Canada minister pledges to promote hydropower

Canada’s new Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt met with the Canadian Hydropower Association in November, saying she looks forward to working with the organization to promote hydropower development.

Hydropower represents more than 70,000 MW of installed capacity in Canada, generating more than 60 percent of the nation’s electricity. In addition to generation to be gained through refurbishment and upgrading of facilities, an additional 163,000 MW could be developed, CHA said.

Raitt attended a CHA reception in Ottawa, in her first official outing since being named minister. She used the opportunity to congratulate CHA members on the association’s tenth anniversary.

�Our government has long supported the use of clean, renewable sources of energy,� Raitt said. �I look forward to working with the association and its members to further promote the development of Canada’s hydropower potential.�

CHA noted hydropower contributes to the economy by creating tens of thousands of jobs for development, maintenance, upkeep, and refurbishment of hydropower installations. As for the future, more than C$50 billion (US$38.8 billion) will be invested over ten years in hydropower development, CHA said.

CHA publication describes hydro’s past, present, future

CHA produced a booklet for its anniversary, Hydropower in Canada: Past Present and Future. The publication highlights hydropower’s social, economic, and environmental contribution to Canada over 127 years.

The publication builds on the theme of CHA’s annual meeting, the 2008 Forum on Hydropower, celebrating Canada’s leading source of electricity since 1881. It also illustrates that hydropower is essential to Canada’s economic prosperity and the nation’s fight to combat global warming.

The booklet is free and available upon e-mail request to It also can be obtained from the Internet at

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