British Columbia can significantly limit anticipated increases in GHG emissions

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

  Wind energy is well positioned to limit huge increases in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) that would result from powering new industrial developments with fossil fuels, according to a new report by the Pembina Institute. The report, GHG Reductions from Enhanced Electrification of Potential New Industrial Demand in British Columbia, finds that clean energy sources such as wind could reduce annual GHG emissions by as much as 8.86 MT CO2eq by 2025 – or the equivalent of converting nearly 2 million passenger cars and trucks into zero-emission vehicles.

The report determines the potential GHG reductions that would result from fully electrifying new industrial developments in the province with clean and renewable grid-based electricity. The new Pembina report builds upon findings in a September 2011 report Additional Industrial Electrical Load Growth in BC to 2025 which identified a huge new demand for energy in BC from six new industrial projects. The Pembina report further calculates the reduction in GHG emissions that can be achieved if the full potential for additional electrification as identified is achieved using clean and renewable electricity generation. In addition, according to WindVision 2025: A Strategy for British Columbia, British Columbia can satisfy 17 per cent of its projected electricity demand with clean, affordable wind energy by the year 2025, The strategy suggests that the share of wind energy as a percentage of total generation in the province can increase from the current 250 MW (megawatts) – or 1 per cent of electricity demand – to 5,250 MW, or 17 per cent, by the year 2025.