The government is encouraging Canadians to switch from gas to electric vehicles and from fossil fuel heating to electric heat pumps as part of Canada’s plan to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
That’s prompted a lot of Canadians, including CBC News readers, to ask: won’t that break the grid? How will our electricity system handle that extra load? And will going electric raise energy bills for the average Canadian?
Here’s a closer look.
The challenge for our grid
Earlier this month, when the federal government announced new regulations to get Canada’s grid to net zero by 2035, it said its modelling shows more than $400 billion is needed to replace aging facilities
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