Investing in Tomorrow’s Infrastructure

Canadian electricity customers expect their electricity service to be reliable. However, our electricity system, which was mostly built during the 1970s and 80s, is aging.

Renewing or refurbishing our electricity system will not only maintain the same level of reliability (while responding to increasing energy demands), but will also meet customer expectations for a more environmental and more customer-responsive system.

Investing in Canada’s electricity system:

  • Grows the economy
  • Creates good jobs
  • Promotes clean economic growth
  • Ensures access to safe and reliable energy

Canada needs to invest in tomorrow’s electricity system today

By investing in electricity infrastructure, Canada can continue to be among the world’s leaders in the production of the clean, reliable, and sustainable electricity that Canadians rely on every day.

CEA proposes a national infrastructure renewal plan that will

  • Encourage efficient stakeholder processes that allow electric utilities to secure political and public acceptance for projects
  • Encourage efficient and proportional regulatory reviews of funding applications
  • Facilitate strong collaboration between and among government bodies and with electric utilities
  • Provide support for electric utilities to mitigate threats to the system
  • Acknowledge the long-term planning horizon required for large scale infrastructure investments

Canada must electrify our northern and remote communities

Remote and northern communities still lack access to safe and reliable power, with the majority relying on expensive diesel fuel to meet their basic energy needs.

The lack of access to affordable power limits economic opportunities and stifles growth and prosperity.

By electrifying the North, we make sure that no Canadian is left behind in the transition to a cleaner, more prosperous future.

CEA proposes a national plan that will

  • Ensure collaborative solutions are determined by all levels of governments, energy regulators, utilities (including independent power producers), Indigenous Peoples, and other stakeholders
  • Promote joint investments with industry in hydro, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, fuel cell and storage technologies suitable for northern conditions
  • Provide policy and regulatory support for building and upgrading generation and transmission links to support large resource projects and regional economic development opportunities
  • Provide funding or tax incentives for micro-grid applications where interconnection is not feasible due to geographic, climate, and other conditions
  • Establish a remote and northern community clean energy clearinghouse to help facilitate energy literacy, conservation, energy poverty-reduction initiatives, technical proficiency, and exchange of best practices on the deployment of clean energy technologies in remote communities.