The Primer on Energy Systems in Canada, Second Edition is now available! Download your copy here.
Why You Should Read This Primer
The production, distribution and use of energy pervade every aspect of our society. Energy is needed to move, to harvest, to build, to mine, to manufacture, to heat, to chill, to illuminate. Everything that makes up our modern society is facilitated, in some way, by the provision of energy.
And our demand for energy is growing. As population increases and economies develop, demand for energy sources, commodities and services expands. Markets for energy products have evolved in response to this demand. We have tapped energy sources ranging from wind to coal to water to natural gas, to serve these markets. But while the markets are global, the supplies are often locally concentrated.
Around these concentrations of supply and around their distribution, industries have developed, attracting and generating wealth. Around these industrial activities, communities have developed. And within the communities, human culture evolves.
Canada possesses a wide array of energy sources, and their development is part of the unfolding history
of the nation. Whether it is oil in Alberta, natural gas deposits off Nova Scotia’s coast, hydro dams in
Quebec or nuclear power in Ontario, the choices that we have made in developing and managing our
energy sources have become part of that region’s culture and, therefore, its politics.