Alberta is under pressure to reduce its carbon emissions, as this province leads the country for the largest contribution nationally, accounting for 33.8% of Canada’s total GHG emissions. Coal based electric power generation accounted for 35.4% of Alberta’s total greenhouse gas emissions (43,600 kt CO2e) in 2011. Electricity sector emissions were expected to increase if Alberta continues to operate as“business as usual”. However, if Alberta takes advantage of a more diverse range of energy by introducing stringent renewable energy policy framework, the Province can begin to reduce these emissions. It was recently announced that Alberta will power it’s electricity grid with 30% of renewables, although mostly natural gas, by 2030. An economy-wide carbon tax has also been issued through the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan in November 2015 with funds raised, to be directed back to citizens through rebate programs, energy efficient infrastructure and public transportation. The carbon tax on fuel required to heat and power homes should encourage citizens to find new ways of reducing their energy use, with solar being one way of doing so.
HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND HELP ALBERTA MEET ITS CARBON REDUCTION TARGETS?
Input your monthly electricity usage (found on your bill) below. We can show you how much greenhouse gas missions you can mitigate by transitioning Renewables:
Household Electricity Usage Per Month (kWh)
The average Albertan uses 600kWh/month!
Your home's total greenhouse gas emissions due to electricity production in Alberta
kg-CO2e / year
By Transitioning to solar or wind energy, you can save:
Number of cars off the road in Canada in 1 year:
Number of trees planted in 10 years: