L16 - NATS 1840 - Lecture 17 - Hydroelectric Power - Canada...

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NATS 1840 - Lecture 17 - Hydroelectric Power - Canada 60% hydro, 90GW capacity, third largest hydroelectric energy producer in the world (behind China and Brazil) - Norway almost 100% hydro - James Bay Project: series of hydroelectric dams on the La Grande River in Quebec, diversion of rivers - Damming rivers creates reservoirs, individual La Grande complex reservoirs over 1000 km 2 in size, some dams as tall as 50 stories - North of Quebec, populations sparse, industrialization non-existent, native hunting and fishing prominent - Facility generates approximately 15,000 megawatts = 16 CANDU reactors - Quebec electricity system provides approximately 35,000MW, 90% + hydro - 20 billion to build complex - Initial resistance, settlements to Cree and Inuit populations - 1975 agreement with Cree and Inuit, cash settlement, fishing and hunting rights - Extensive environmental consultation and analyses, scientifically informed management of nature on a large scale - “Green” project, carbon neutral and thus not a contributor to global warming
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