- Canada's Power Switch: What you need to know
- This CBC special report looks at how power is generated and distributed in Canada today, at the huge changes coming over the next decade, and what those changes will cost. We all need electricity - this is what you need to know about Canada's electricity plans.
- Overhauling the grid
- Over the next 10 years, the way electricity is generated in Canada, how it gets to your home or business and how you're billed for it will undergo unprecedented changes.
- Electric shocker
- Canadian power rates will skyrocket an average of 50 per cent by 2020 as consumers bear the cost of building new plants and transmission lines, according to a CBC News analysis.
- Provincial strategies
- Find out how energy policies and plans differ across Canada.
- Power calculator
- Electricity: Find out what you'll pay in 2020. Enter the kilowatt-hours from your utility bill
- Privatizing the power grid
- Canadians tend to think of power generation as a public utility, but the privatization of Canada's electrical infrastructure is accelerating rapidly
- Atomic energy's Achilles heel
- It's natural gas, not Japan's disaster, that's putting the biggest damper on the nuclear industry, according to experts
- Smaller plants, big potential
- Megaprojects have gone out of fashion and the new plants being added to Canada's electrical grid are a lot smaller than what typically used to be built. One Calgary firm is hoping to become a big player in the small-generator space.
- Life off the grid
- Murray and Becky Monk have the best of both worlds: A home in the breathtaking wilderness of Northwestern Ontario and the conveniences of modern life that electricity brings, thanks do a do-it-yourself power system.
- Help wanted: Green-energy experts
- Experts predict big growth for the renewable energy sector, but many are wondering whether there will be enough skilled labour in Canada to fill the jobs.
- Shale gas: Fossil fuel's lesser evil
- Over the past few years, estimates of the natural gas reserves in North America have skyrocketed, leading many to say this cleaner-burning fossil fuel is the way of the future to meet Canada's electricity demands while minimizing cost increases and carbon dioxide pollution.
- Redesigning the grid
- Distributed generation is the future, proponents say
- Balance Canada's power budget: See how using different electricity sources affects prices, carbon output
This map shows the types of power plants each region uses and how Canada's power supply is expected to evolve from 2010 to 2020, based on changes the provinces plan to make to their generating capacity. The map displays the power plants across Canada that generated 50 megawatts or more in 2010. Use the tabs to show specific types of plants, click on a plant to get details about it, and use the "satellite" map view to zoom in on an aerial photo.
The description of each plant contains links to related features about power generation technology, issues and provincial strategies. Use the Year slider below the tabs to see how the mix of generating stations will change from year to year between 2010 and 2020 as old plants are taken off-line and new ones are built. Use the Capacity slider to see all the plants, or to show just the power stations with a specific generating capacity.
Power Switch: Features
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This map shows the main connections in Canada's power grid, and how they link to the electrical grid across the northern parts of the United States. Solid lines represent existing segments of the grid, and dotted lines represent planned expansions.
Source: Map information courtesy of Platts, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Reproduction in any form without the express permission of Platts is strictly prohibited.