The Federal government recently released its CANADA’S MID-CENTURY LONG-TERM LOW-GREENHOUSE GAS DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY. In the document geothermal is explicitly mentioned in two important capacities.
“Other renewable energies offer potential in the mid to-long term. For example, generating zero-emitting electricity with geothermal power is possible using hot subsurface water or steam coming from underneath the earth’s surface. Standard well drilling technology can provide access to high temperature sources and power to turbines that offer reliable electricity.”
CanGEA is happy to see our messaging that Canada’s existing oil and gas drilling expertise can develop geothermal is being taken up by the Federal government. Also, the recognition that geothermal delivers reliable power is another pillar of CanGEA’s messaging that we are pleased to see recognized. CanGEA does contest that geothermal is a mid-range solution, as there are multiple member projects poised to build once the tax and regulatory environment is fair, but that is why we need all our members to keep telling their elected leaders that Canada wants geothermal today.
The development strategy also recognizes the need for electricity and heat to displace diesel generation for remote communities
“Other potential non-emitting energy alternatives to diesel generation include hydro, tidal, geothermal, small modular nuclear reactors, and biomass. Diesel is also used to provide home heating in northern and remote communities. There may be opportunities to further displace diesel with lower emitting technologies.”
Again, Northern renewable heat and power is a major messaging point CanGEA has been pushing forward and we happy to see it recognized. There is no geothermal power in Canada yet but with ongoing positive messaging from CanGEA, made possible by support by our members, we are getting closer.