Saskatchewan & European Union use of renewables: 2006-2015

 

As a result of a steady long-term policy the European Union's use of both wind and solar power has been growing steadily since 2000. This chart, to avoid getting too crowded, shows the period from 2006 to 2015 only; for both the EU and Saskatchewan.  

Saskatchewan, despite being the sunniest province in Canada, uses negligible amounts of solar. As a result the entire amount for Saskatchewan, apart from a barely visible 0.02 percent in 2015, is wind.

 
Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy (2016); SaskPower  2010 & 2015 Annual Report

Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy (2016); SaskPower  2010 & 2015 Annual Report

Looking at total renewables - which includes a large block of hydro-electricity in addition to, in the case of the EU, a significant amount of biomass - a similar trend is apparent: good, long term policy has given rise to a steady and rapid shift toward renewables across the EU. No such trend is visible for Saskatchewan: indeed and following a dry year in 2015 - plus excessive reliance on hydro for renewable capacity - Saskatchewan experienced a record drop in renewable generation (to 17.3 percent of the total).

Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy (2016)

Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy (2016)