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Can hydro sharing reduce our carbon footprint?

Can hydro sharing reduce our carbon footprint?

At the moment, the best method for reducing carbon emissions seems to be to electrify everything – but electricity must come from carbon-free sources in order to do that successfully. Natural gas is a step up from coal, though it is far from ideal. Wind and solar appear to be what everyone is focusing on, which is good, except that two important sources are often overlooked. One is carbon-free and non-renewable, with a whole host of issues that won’t be discussed here. The other is carbon-free, renewable, and supplies massive amounts of energy. Canada has already tapped into the latter immensely. Hydro power provides the majority of Canadians with their electricity due to Canada’s abundance of hydro resources. However, the areas within the country that lack these resources are currently scrambling to find ways to produce carbon-free power. The question must be asked: Why don’t we all share? Norway and Denmark share, and they’re two different countries. Why can’t Canadian provinces share with each other, within the same country? A Western Canadian electricity grid is not a new idea; it has been around for more than half a century. There are a lot of unresolved technical and political arguments that have prevented this grid from becoming a reality. But is it possible? The answer is simple, yet utterly complicated.