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Provincial hydro expansions

Abstract

A study of the development of five provincial hydroelectric utilities in Canada indicates that power companies and the state invited manufacturers to use hydroelectricity and natural resources in order to diversify provincial economies. These hydro expansions also show that utilities and government designed hydro projects to serve continental requirements; serving both objectives became problematic. It is argued that when the Canadian state and firms such as utilities use hydro expansions to serve both continentalism and industrialization, then at best they foster dependent industrialization and staple processing. At worst, they overbuild the infrastructure to generate provincial surplus energy for continental, rather than national, integration. Hydro developments became subject to state intervention in Canada mainly through the failures of private utilities to provide power for the less-lucrative industrial markets within provincial subregions. Although the state and utilities invited foreign firms to manufacture hydro equipment within the provinces and others to use electricity to diversify production beyond resource processing, such a diversification did not occur. Since 1962, ca 80% of industrial energy was used to semi-process wood-derived products, chemicals, and metals. The idea for a national power network became undermined by interprovincial political-economic factors and since 1963, the federal national/continential power policy prevailed.  More>>
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Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1993
Product Type:
Book
Reference Number:
CANM-94-0E8214; EDB-94-052305
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Thesis (Ph.D.)
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; CANADA; ELECTRIC UTILITIES; ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; EXPORTS; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; HYDROELECTRIC POWER; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; ELECTRIC POWER; ENERGY SOURCES; NORTH AMERICA; POWER; PUBLIC UTILITIES; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; TRADE; 296000* - Energy Planning & Policy- Electric Power
OSTI ID:
5373661
Research Organizations:
Carleton Univ., Ottawa, ON (Canada). Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology
Country of Origin:
Canada
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISBN: 0-315-84047-1
Availability:
MF Micromedia Ltd., 240 Catherine Street, Suite 305, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2P 2G8 $15 CAN
Submitting Site:
CANM
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Pages: (487 p)
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Froschauer, K J. Provincial hydro expansions. Canada: N. p., 1993. Web.
Froschauer, K J. Provincial hydro expansions. Canada.
Froschauer, K J. 1993. "Provincial hydro expansions." Canada.
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