Life-cycle analysis (LCA) greatly interests us.
Hydro‐Québec mandated CIRAIG’s International Life Cycle Chair to study and compare different power generation options, and the electricity mixes (electricity generated by the different types of generating stations that form a network operated over a given territory, and the electricity imported from neighboring territories) of various Canadian provinces, U.S. states and other countries, using life cycle assessment methodology.
Based on the environmental indicators studied, the results for hydropower are among the best, thanks to the option’s minimal use of resources during the generation phase. Conversely, thermal generation using non-renewable sources shows the worst results, due to the extraction, transformation and use of fuels.
Great news for all Quebecers: based on the environmental indicators studied, Québec’s energy mix is among the best.
We encourage you to consult the technical report that also deals with wind power.