Up until now, you haven’t had to worry much about where your electricity came from when you turned on the lights. But the Trudeau government’s new electricity regulations could change that.
In August 2023, the Liberals released draft regulations that will essentially ban natural gas (and any other hydrocarbon) from generating electricity for Canada’s power grid. There are some limited exceptions, like for those in Canada’s far-north who rely on diesel generators. But for every other province, natural gas will be eliminated.
You may be thinking to yourself ‘well, isn’t this a good thing for our environmental goals?’ – which is a fair question. But Canada’s electrical grid is already one of the cleanest in the world with over 80% of our power being generated from nuclear, hydro, and other renewables.
Getting rid of the last 20% per cent will be a lot tougher than most think. Many around the country have expressed doubt these regulations are even technically, or logistically possible and stated concern this federal government is going too far, too fast with these mandates. Heck, even the feds admit today’s technology makes their target unachievable.
What these regulations are really designed to do is discourage any new investment in natural gas power generation. So, Canadians will be forced to deal with power outages and mandated power rationing as we wait for technology to catch up with the ideological fantasies of the Liberal government.
Across the world, countries are signing long-term agreements (some through 2050) to ensure reliable supplies of natural gas for their countries. They understand how natural gas will serve as an essential source of energy for decades to come.
But the Trudeau government is determined to push forward with their ideologically based expensive electricity regulations that will ban this sustainable fuel from generating reliable power in Canada.
We’ve seen what happens when governments lack foresight and meddle in electricity generation. California, long seen to be America’s leader in pushing activist environmental policies, is already projecting they will be short on power soon. The government is already asking residents to conserve their power usage during peak periods. And their net-zero electricity target isn’t until 2045!
Don’t get me wrong, its important for Canada to set bold targets for emissions reductions. But these targets must be based in fact.
So, if you are concerned about maintaining a reliable and affordable power supply in your community, let the government know here.