Opening the loop webinar

Soren Halverson,
Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)

March 24, 2022

Opening remarks

Housekeeping

Agenda

Our starting point

Rationale

Context on Canada's net-zero commitments
Timeline Context
December 2020 Government of Canada commits to reaching net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050. A Healthy Environment and A Healthy Economy identifies policies and investments for a clean economy, including a commitment to a clean electricity standard to transition to a net-zero electricity system.
July 2021 Net-zero Emissions Accountability Act becomes law in Canada
The Act establishes a legally binding process to develop credible, science-based emissions-reductions plans to achieve each target
November 2021 At the 26th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties, Prime Minister Trudeau furthered Canada’s goal to establishing a net-zero emissions electricity grid by 2035 and later reaffirmed this goal in the 2021 Speech from the Throne.
December 2021 Canada announced a series of consultations on key, new emissions reductions measures supporting the Canadian Net-zero Emissions Accountability Act, including transitioning to a net-zero electricity system by 2035.
March 2022 This CES process represents a part of that engagement on achieving a net-zero electricity system by 2035. Other parallel engagements may take place on complementary measures that could also support this goal.

Figure 1 - Provincial GHG emissions and generation by energy source (2019)

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Utility electricity generation in terawatt hours by province, 2019
Sector BC AB SK MB ON QC NB PE NS NL YK NT NU Total
Petroleum 0.9 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.2 1.2 0.0 1.0 1.3 0.0 0.1 0.2 7.3
Natural Gas 1.4 23.6 9.3 0.0 9.4 0.0 0.9 0.0 1.4 0.0 0.1 0.01 0.0 46.1
Coal 0.0 27.7 10.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.8 0.0 5.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 44.5
Nuclear 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 90.5 0.0 3.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 93.5
Wind 1.5 4.0 0.8 0.0 11.5 11.3 0.9 0.6 1.1 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 32.8
Solar 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.4 0.0 0.0 0.01 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.41
Hydro 55.9 2.5 3.7 32.9 83.3 198.8 3.0 0.0 1.0 40.7 0.4 0.3 0.0 422.5
Total 59.7 58.5 23.8 33.8 197.8 211.3 10.8 0.61 9.5 42.2 0.5 0.41 0.2 649.1

Figure 2 - Generation by source, Canada, 2019

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Greenhouse gas emissions in megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent from electricity generation by province, 2019
Emissions BC AB SK MB ON QC NB PE NS NL YK NT NU
GHG emissions 1.0 36.3 15.8 0.0 3.9 0.2 3.3 0.0 6.7 1.1 0.05 0.1 0.2

Current federal measures to support clean electricity

Current regulations on electricity

What we’ve heard since announcing net-zero electricity

Further actions needed to meet net-zero 2035 electricity system

Net-zero electricity sector

Net-Zero Electricity means having the electricity sector achieve, in effect, no emissions of GHGs by 2035, or offsetting any emissions by other actions.

Further action is needed

Departmental analysis indicates current policies are necessary but not sufficient to achieve a net-zero electricity sector by 2035.

Federal policy levers to support clean electricity

Suite of measures needed to achieve NZ2035

Provinces and territories will play a critical role in supporting the transition given their key role in electricity planning and operation.

Considerations for engagement

The three key pillars to the successful design of the CES are: 

Overarching design of the CES

Considerations include:

Compliance flexibilities

Considerations include:

Alignment with carbon pricing and OBPSR

Considerations include:

Treatment of natural gas generation

Considerations include:

Treatment of industry and remote generation

Considerations include:

Clean electricity standard engagement process

How to provide comments

Q&A

Closing remarks

Thank you

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