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Current Course

Our current course will get us to something like 34% renewables by 2030. (Click here for more details on how this estimate is made. ) So what route would get us to 50% by 2030?

A DRAFT Green Plan: The Big Picture

It’s not rocket science. We need to do three things—reduce energy  demand, increase energy efficiency, and increase our use of renewable energy:

It’s probably not realistic to think we can eliminate our use of natural gas and oil products (like gasoline and diesel) in the next 18 years, but we can make significant strides in that direction.

Instead of one “magic bullet”, we need to develop and use a range of renewable fuels:

These graphs are based on numerical estimates:



For those who want to drill down, the data is available in more detail here.

These aren’t radical changes, but they are real ones. And they are achievable.

Benefits of Expanding Our Renewable Energy Capacity

The benefits of adopting this plan are both financial and environmental.

Financial Benefits

We are already spending the money we need to make this plan happen.

Manitoba is in a very interesting position. We have lots of renewable energy (and can make lots more). Yet we don’t have many non-renewable energy resources. So when we buy renewables, we are buying them from ourselves. The money–and jobs–stay in our province. But when we buy fossil fuels, we have to import it (and export the money).

Every year, Manitoba sends about $4 billion (yes, that billion, with a “b”) out of province to buy fossil fuels. Instead of exporting all that money, we can–and should–spend more of it here. We need to spend it on building the infrastructure, and then on buying the fuel.

 Environmental Benefits

It also means that we will finally begin to bend the curve of our greenhouse gas emissions downward:

Ways to Reduce Demand

Ways to Increase Efficiency

Ways to Increase Renewables

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