WHY DOES CANADA NEED ENERGY EXCHANGE?
Canada’s energy resources have the potential to generate unprecedented levels of economic opportunity and sustainable growth. But because the interconnections and interdependencies that constitute our energy systems are not well understood, the current public dialogue on energy is often polarized and unproductive. Decisions take years to make, and opportunities go unrealized. Companies and municipalities use energy less efficiently than they could, limiting the value created by their activities. And individuals, uncertain how to weigh the benefits against the risks of energy development, often make choices and take positions that are misaligned with their interests and objectives.
Energy systems literacy can enable Canadians to overcome regional and political divisions, and unite to confront challenging decisions about the nation’s energy future. Energy literacy means creating a common language for the citizens of an energy nation so that they can effectively assume their shared responsibilities:
- stewardship of Canada’s vast and diverse energy endowment;
- global leadership in the responsible development, distribution, and productive use of Canada’s energy; and
- technological innovation to conserve Canada’s energy wealth for the benefit of future generations.
By revealing how energy systems connect us and reflect our common values and aspirations, energy literacy can empower us to realize Canada’s immense energy potential and build a sustainable and prosperous future for the nation.