Close to 99% of all energy produced in Québec is renewable, and almost entirely hydroelectric. The predominance of this clean, affordable source of energy is a hallmark of Québec and gives it an undeniable advantage in North America.
GHG emissions from Québec’s hydroelectric generating stations are similar to those of wind energy, i.e. 70 times lower than coal-fired power stations.
Québec’s power grid, the largest in North America, is one of the most reliable systems in the world.
As a world leader in hydroelectricity and large power systems, Hydro-Québec is much more than the fourth-largest hydropower producer in the world. This innovative government-owned corporation makes a substantial contribution to Québec’s economic development by generating, transmitting, distributing and exporting electricity.
Hydro-Québec is the only North American power utility that has its own research centre: the Institut de recherche d’Hydro-Québec (IREQ). It also finances university research.
In addition, thanks to its Centre of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage, Hydro-Québec is a world-class innovation hub in the area of battery materials for electrical vehicles and other energy storage applications, both stationary and mobile.
Directed by Karim Zaghib, a world-renowned expert, the Centre’s high-calibre team is revolutionizing the world of energy. The Centre of Excellence focuses its efforts on advanced lithium-ion and solid-state batteries.
Natural gas is another source of energy that’s very accessible in Québec. That’s why many plants choose it every year.
Natural gas is available in Québec’s major industrial centres, and businesses can negotiate fixed-price agreements under certain conditions.
Several programs help cut the cost of switching to new energy-saving equipment and building or renovating energy-efficient buildings.