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This is why energy production should never be given to the private sector. In Canada, ALL of our power generation is done by public utilities owned and operated by the provincial governments. Hydro-Quebec, specifically, is recognised as a global hydroelectric superpower with an installed capacity that dwarfs those of most countries, despite only being the electricity provider of a single Canadian province. Its output is so great that Ontario, New Brunswick, Vermont, New York and New England all buy huge amounts of electricity from Quebec.Naah, it's the fossil fuel companies that would protest Congress and not allow this to happen. My local electric company seems to be on the ball for attempting to acquire renewable energy...
NS Energy - World's Largest Hydropower Companies by Installed Capacity
China: China Yangtze Power Co – 45.4GW
Brazil: Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras – 44.2GW
Canada: Hydro-Quebec – 36.8GW
Russia: RusHydro – 27.6GW
France: Electricite de France (EDF) – 22.7GW
Private corporations are generally unwilling to invest in large and initially expensive projects like hydroelectric or nuclear stations because they value short-term profits over long-term goals. In the short-term, generating electricity with petroleum is more profitable so that's what they do. Private power generation is therefore BAD. I don't know what the situations are in most countries but, in Canada, with purely public power generation, 81% of our electricity generation is non-carbon-emitting.
I think that you'd be extremely hard-pressed to find countries using private power generation that come anywhere close to that number.
Now, of course, many Americans would just dismiss this as "socialism" (which generally shows a lack of intelligence) but nobody can argue with the results. When profit isn't the driving force behind electrical power generation, the benefits are far more than just environmental. The cost to the individual citizen is also dramatically reduced. For example, the average rate paid for electricity within the province of Quebec as a result is only CA$0.06.319/kWh for energy consumed up to 40 kWh per day times the number of days in the consumption period (1st tier) CA$0.09.749/kWh for the remaining energy consumed (2nd tier). Good luck finding lower electricity rates than that anywhere in the world. This is why hydroelectric generation is one of the best in the world, second only to geo-thermal. It's cheap, plentiful and extremely reliable.
I shudder to think of what it would be like to live in New York or Boston. Miami does remarkably well but that's because its electicity is heavily rate-regulated (something uncharacteristic of Florida's usually right-wing mentality).