although an interesting debate most definitely off topic. perhaps a mod could move this to a new thread?We are not talking about cheap hydro. We are talking about electrical home heating with a very low carbon footprint. Way better than burning natural gas from that viewpoint. Even on a cost basis, gas prices won't always be at their current low levels.
In Canada as a whole, about 82% of our electricity is based on hydro, nuclear or renewables. Only 8% is from natural gas.
Here in Ontario, we no longer use coal and only 3% of power generation is from natural gas.
Overall, electricity generation contributes comparatively little to carbon emissions and will be even less as the the coal fired stations still operating in some provinces are closed down.
Combustion of natural gas and other fuels in homes and in industry has a high contribution to carbon emissions. Apparently about 1/2 our homes are gas heated. Others still burn oil and wood. This needs to be corrected, and there are plans in place to do just that.