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StatCan electric utility thermal plant data shows solid fuel most in demand

EcoLog, 2/8/2013 1:14:00 PM

Statistics Canada (StatCan) has released data on the amount of fuel consumed for power generation by electric utility thermal plants, as well as the cost of the fuel and the amount of electricity generated by Canadian plants from 2005 to 2011.  

In terms of the amount of fuel consumed by the thermal plants over StatCan’s data monitoring period, solid fuels such as coal, lignite, wood and petroleum coke led the way by a huge margin over other fuel types such as gas and uranium. From 2005 to 2011, about 253 million metric tonnes of solid fuels were used, StatCan reports in its January 2013 Canadian socioeconomic database, known as CANSIM.

The StatCan data shows that gaseous fuels were second popular with Canadian thermal plants over the same time period, followed by liquid fuel.

The biggest total fuel cost for electric power generation over the six-year period was for gas, StatCan data shows. That fuel came with a price tag of more than $9 million. The gas category includes natural gas, coke oven gas, methane and other gaseous fuels. The average annual cost of the industry gas use was approximately $1.8 million.

Uranium and liquid fuels such as propane and petroleum products had significantly less costs, the StatCan data indicates. For example, total uranium costs were approximately $1 million from 2005 to 2011.

Total solids and uranium topped the StatCan data for the number of megawatt hours of electricity generated each year. Uranium produced 437,585,029 megawatt hours over a five-year period.  Solid fuels generated a close second by producing 423,776,521 megawatt hours.

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