Clean, renewable hydro power
Manitoba Hydro produces virtually all of its electricity from the natural power of water at its 15 hydroelectric generating stations.
The abundance of Manitoba’s water resources, combined with our hydro power generating stations allow us to:
- emit virtually no carbon dioxide or air pollutants that threaten the environment with climate change and global warming;
- export our surplus clean energy to help displace non-renewable sources of electricity in Canada and the United States;
- displace the equivalent of more than 124,000 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide since 1991.
To date, only 50% of Manitoba’s hydroelectric production potential has been harnessed. Additional hydroelectric generating stations are in development.
We also purchase the output of the 99-megawatt wind farm in St. Leon, Manitoba to augment its existing hydroelectric system.
Low electricity rates
In a comparison of major electric utilities, our industrial electricity rate structure is among the lowest in North America.
We are also the major distributor of natural gas in Manitoba.
High system reliability
In 2010, our power outage frequency and average outage time continue to be substantially lower than the respective composite average of other utilities. Our high system reliability is also reinforced through 11 cross-border interconnections in Canada and the United States through the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO).
We are also a member of both the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO), which have enforcement responsibilities in this region.