Coal burning is a process that is used to generate electricity, and Ontario used to rely on this process to produce 25% of its electricity needs. However, as Chisolm’s report indicates, the province has recently been taking steps to completely stay out of this practice. BC, on the other hand, is known to rarely rely on coal for power generation, and gets most of its energy from hydroelectric dams.
Justifications for BC’s growing coal mining industry notwithstanding, the efforts of both provinces to utilize sustainable energy for its electricity needs are commendable. In fact, the government of BC is granting incentives to households that make use of solar energy in Vancouver and other parts of the province. It has also funded programs aimed at promoting the use of solar energy in homes, communities, and businesses.