Messages from 2050: Our Energy Future

Over the course of the past few months, more than 30,000 Canadians have connected with Generation Energy. Many of you have told us what you want to see in Canada’s energy future – smarter electrification, a focus on emerging renewables like tidal and geothermal, and skills development for the labour force of the future.

Here are a few vignettes of what Canada’s energy future could look like, based on your ideas:

Hello from 2057!
Our small community in Alberta has been through some big changes since 2017.
Here in Hanna, coal mining used to be one of our biggest employers. As towns and cities across Canada became less reliant on coal, sunny (and windy!) southern Alberta became a hotspot for wind and solar farms. The government worked with the energy industry to help members of our community transition from one type to energy technology to another. It turned out a lot of our skills were in demand!
As well, Canada’s export markets have changed – coal and oil have been superseded by metals used in cleantech, like solar panels and batteries. With the increased global demand for clean energy, our local mining economy has never been better!
Developments in research, education and innovation over the last 40 years have transformed Hanna into a net-zero community, which
means we produce as much energy as we consume.
I have to admit, 40 years ago I was skeptical about the success of this transformation but now that I’m living it, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
With hope for the future and thank you for your foresight,
Bob McDermott
Solar Farm Manager
Hanna, AB
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My St. Jean Baptiste Long Weekend Friday June 24-26 2054
by Emma Tremblay Grade 3, Montreal, QC
This is my family - Sophie, Felix, Emma and Gabriel Tremblay.
Thursday
Mom and dad picked us up from school in our new electric minivan. Mom let me use the app on her phone to put our house downtown on standby and tell our cottage in Boileau that we were coming so it will be cool inside, and we will have hot water – our cottage uses the smart gridto save electricity when we aren’t there.
Friday
After breakfast I got to do my favourite thing…tubing on the back of the electric boat!! After lunch we went for a bike ride to get ice cream.It was too hot on the way home, so I used my electric bike motor to get up the hills. Then at night we had a campfire and I ate s’mores.
Saturday
There was a thunderstorm and the lights went out! It was scary! Dad says the water heater shuts off automatically so the fridge can keep using the energy from our solar storage battery. We played a game by candlelight until the power came back.
Sunday
This was the last day at the cottage. Our drive home in the van was quick – we had to stop to charge the van but the quick charge station only took a few minutes to give us all the power we needed to get home. I can’t wait to go to the cottage more!
Hello from Toronto 2054!
Hi! I’m Jenny and I’m a university student.
I’m studying digital analytics for wind farms, which is a growing field, now that most of Canada’s energy comes from renewable resources.
I was inspired to study in this field when my family used to visit from Mississauga… on the LRT trips through the city I saw so many the beautiful buildings switching to solar rooves that could produce all the power they need.
I’m learning so much here – my university is a net-zero campus, with all the energy used coming from solar and micro-wind. I live in residence and our building uses hot-water recycling for a portion of the heating, has a solar roof, and integrated electric vehicle charging. Vehicle sharing is so handy! There are charging stations all over the city, PLUS the car-sharing centers have solar panels. Now that so many people are sharing cars, fewer people leave their cars parked all day and the city has started converting parking garages in to vertical parks and community gardens.
This city is amazing – I just LOVE it here! Anyways, I should get back to studying, exams are coming soon!
Love, Jenny
Greetings from Big Salmon First Nation in 2050!
Here’s how the decisions you’re making in 2017 are supporting a thriving community here in the future Yukon Territory:
No more diesel generators: Community-scale electrical grids equipped with storage batteries have replaced diesel generators, making our energy cheaper and more environmentally friendly.
Energy Jobs: My Indigenous community owns our energy infrastructure – we have a combination of solar and geothermal to power and heat and cool our homes. Members of the local community are trained in installation and maintenance – well-paying jobs that help our town thrive.
New green homes: Energy efficient and net zero housing options have dramatically reduced the energy needs in our community, keeping housing affordable. Even better: energy costs are down, but our homes are more reliably warm in the winter, and healthier year round!
Natural gas: My community has become a hub in the Liquefied Natural Gas network that grew to serve many small communities in the North. In darker months, Canadian low-carbon and low-methane natural gas heats our home and makes us resilient in face of any long winter storms..
Our community’s transition to a low-carbon future also helped Canada to meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction commitments. For example, the solar roof on the town school alone will save nearly 5,000 tonnes of GHG over its lifetime. That’s the equivalent of planting 395,000 trees or taking2,000 cars off the road for a year.
Thanks for participating in Generation Energy! You did a great job choosing a clean energy future for Canada!
Jen Penikett,
P. Eng, Big Salmon,
YT

For more detailed forecasts about Canada’s energy future

visit the National Energy Board’s interactive tool based on data from their Energy Futures reports. This interactive tool allows you to explore energy production and consumption trends and forecast them into the future.

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