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Canada thirst for energy increases

Published by Steve Coleman on January 13, 2012

Statistics Canada says the country hasn't lost its appetite for energy.

A breakdown of the amount of energy the country consumed in 2010 says Canadians used 2.2 per cent more in 2010 than they did in 2009.

Production stayed on the plus side, however, as the country produced enough energy during 2010 to keep the Montreal subway running for the next 21,213 years.

Crude oil made up the largest percentage of Canadian energy production for the year at 29.3 per cent of the total. Natural gas was second at 28.4 per cent, followed by refined petroleum products (21.9 per cent), primary electricity (7.5 per cent) and coal (7.1 per cent).

The country hasn't lost its thirst for petroleum products, either. Refined crude oil production rose 10.4 per cent, coal production increased 10 per cent and crude oil extraction went up 6.8 per cent. Natural gas production fell 3.3 per cent, while generators turned out three per cent less electricity.

Energy supply was up 2.1 per cent to 9,481 petajoules in 2010. Statistics Canada says one petajoule is enough to run the Montreal subway for a year.

When it comes to who used what, four different industrial fields reported year-over-year increases. Forestry and logging used 15.6 per cent more energy, while mining, oil and gas extraction reported a 14.2 per cent increase. It was a good year for builders, too, with construction using 13.5 per cent more energy to get the job done. Manufacturing was the only single-digit increase of the four at 2.1 per cent on the plus side.

Gasoline and diesel are still king, accounting for 41.4 per cent of all energy consumed. Natural gas was second at 30.6 per cent, while electricity was the third most-used at 23.5 per cent. Coal accounted for less than one per cent of energy use.

Ontario, Alberta and Quebec used most of it. Between the three provinces, they used 73.5 per cent of all the energy consumed in Canada in 2010.

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