Canada’s Renewable Power Landscape 2017 – Energy Market Analysis

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Manitoba

Manitoba generated 99.6% of its electricity from renewable sources in 2016. This is the second highest share of renewable generation after Quebec. Hydro was the primary source of electricity, accounting for 97.3% of generation.

Generation Trends

The composition of electricity generation from different technologies was relatively stable in Manitoba between 2005 and 2016. The vast majority of the province’s electricity was generated from hydro, averaging 97.5% since 2005. Wind generation was the fastest growing electricity source, increasing from 0.1% in 2005 to 2.4% in 2016. In contrast, coal dropped from 1.1% to 0.1% of generation in the same time. Biomass accounted for 0.2% of generation in 2016. Diesel is used in some remote communities, particularly in the northern part of the province.

Capacity Changes in 2016

Although accounting for a very small portion of capacity, diesel capacity is estimated to have been halved in 2016, dropping to 5 MW from 10 MW in 2015. The capacity of every other source stayed the same.

More Information

Canada’s Renewable Power Landscape 2016 – Energy Market Analysis provides additional information on renewable power in Manitoba.

FIGURE 13 Electricity Generation by Source in Manitoba

Figure 13
Description

This graph shows the source of Manitoba’s electricity generation between 2005 and 2016. On average, hydro has accounted for about 97.5% of generation. Wind increased from 0.1% in 2005 to 2.4% in 2016. Biomass has remained less than half a percent of generation. Coal, natural gas, oil and diesel each averaged less than half of a percent of generation, and have decreased to shares near zero in 2016.

TABLE 5 Electric Capacity and Generation in Manitoba

  Capacity in MW and % Generation in GW.h and %
  2005 2015 2016 2005 2015 2016
Oil and Diesel 32 10 5 32 43 16
0.6% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% <0.1%
Natural Gas 368 403 403 11 183 12
6.6% 6.6% 6.6% <0.1% 0.5% 0.0%
Coal 98 98 98 421 106 28
1.7% 1.6% 1.6% 1.1% 0.3% 0.1%
Biomass 22 22 22 N/A 100 78
0.4% 0.4% 0.4%   0.3% 0.2%
Wind 20 258 258 53 860 863
0.4% 4.2% 4.2% 0.1% 2.4% 2.4%
Hydro 5 054 5 349 5 349 36 440 34 774 35 599
90.3% 87.1% 87.1% 98.6% 96.4% 97.3%
All renewable sources 5 074 5 608 5 608 36 493 35 634 36 462
90.7% 91.3% 91.4% 98.7% 98.8% 99.6%
All sources 5 594 6 140 6 135 36 956 36 067 36 596

Residential Bills and Greenhouse Gas Generation Intensity

Manitoba’s largest city, Winnipeg, has a relatively low residential electricity bill of $84 for 1 000 kW.h compared to the Canadian mean of $129 per 1 000 kW.h. Manitoba’s GHG generation intensity is also much lower than most of Canada, emitting 3.4 grams of GHGs per kW.h compared to the mean of 140 g GHG/kW.h.

FIGURE 14

FIGURE 14

Source and Description

Source:
Hydro-Québec, National Inventory Report

Description:
Two dials indicate the monthly residential electricity bill for 1 000 kW.h and the GHG generation intensity in grams of GHG per kW.h. Manitoba’s largest city, Winnipeg, has a relatively low residential electricity bill of $84 for 1 000 kW.h compared to the Canadian mean of $129 per 1 000 kW.h. Manitoba’s GHG generation intensity is also much lower than most of Canada, emitting 3.4 grams of GHGs per kW.h compared to the mean of 140 g GHG/kW.h.

 

 

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