Measuring Progress

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Support Manitoba’s Renewable Electricity Generation


Target: Exceed the provincial target of 99.5% on-grid renewable electricity generation

How we are doing now

Manitoba enjoys one of Canada’s most clean electricity grids – over 99 per cent of electricity generation comes from renewable sources, including:

  • hydroelectricity (5,217 MW of capacity)
  • wind (258 MW of capacity)
  • solar (~ 20 MW of capacity)

Manitoba is constructing the Keeyask generating station, which will add 695 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity capacity in the province by 2021, with its first generator expected to go into service in October 2020.

Manitoba Hydro also purchases power from other non-utility generators in the province. Aside from the existing wind purchase from the two wind farms in the province (120 MW wind farm in St. Leon and 138 MW wind farm in St. Joseph), in late 2018, Manitoba Hydro executed a solar power purchase agreement with Fisher River Cree Nation for a 20-year term. The solar capacity is approximately one megawatt and is expected to generate one gigawatt-hour annually, enough to power 400 homes. Manitoba currently has approximately 20 megawatts of installed solar capacity, with almost all of the installations less than 200 kilowatts.

Manitoba is monitoring the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic to the percentage of renewable energy generated in the province. Manitoba Hydro continues to generate its electricity from hydro, with addition from wind and solar, and it is not anticipated that the pandemic will increase province’s thermal electricity generation.

Data Source

The percentage of total annual electricity generation in Manitoba from renewable sources (excluding off-grid generation) is computed based on data published by Statistics Canada, namely the published amount of on-grid electricity generation in a calendar year from renewable sources compared to total on-grid generation.

Statistics Canada reports monthly electricity generation by source type on a monthly basis, for Canada and each province and territory. The data is published approximately two months following the generation month (e.g., generation for the month of January will be published in April). Statistic Canada publishes total generation and by type (wind, hydro, solar, etc.). Though the agency has not published conventional steam and internal combustion turbine generation for Manitoba since 2015, but the total generation appears to include such generation.

Neither Statistics Canada nor Manitoba Hydro publish off-grid generation data, which accounts for a proportionally small contribution in the province.

How we are doing over time

Over the last 5 years, an annual average of 99.5% of on-grid electricity was generated from renewable electricity sources in Manitoba (in the range of 99.3% to 99.7%). An annual average percentage of renewable electricity generation of 99.5% is set as the target. As of December 2019, Manitoba’s percentage of on-grid electricity generation from renewable sources surpassed the target and was 99.69%.

Why This Matters

The Climate and Green Plan vision is for Manitoba to become the cleanest, greenest and most climate-resilient province. This includes mitigating GHG emissions. Renewable energy generation in Manitoba, through clean Hydroelectricity, wind and solar generation, reduces GHG emissions and improves air quality and public health locally and outside the province as it displaces fossil fuel-based generation.

Reliable and low-cost electricity can also support economic growth.

Next steps

Manitoba continues to invest in renewable energy generation and transmission of clean electricity to other jurisdictions, where economically feasible.

Manitoba will continue to measure and report annually the percentage of on-grid renewable electricity generation.

Manitoba will continue to monitor its monthly electricity generation, and will submit update when the COVID-19 pandemic will highly impact the percentage of annual renewable electricity generation.

Other related links

Statistics Canada reports Electric Power Generation data by month. Generators are required to provide the information the month following the generation, and Statistics Canada publishes the information two months following.

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