“Water goes in, and water comes out. It remains unchanged.”
Frédéric GagnonElectrical Engineer
Although electricity can be generated from many sources of energy, they aren’t created equal when it comes to their environmental impact. For every kilowatthour generated, a coal-fired generating station emits much more greenhouse gas (GHG) than a hydroelectric generating station.
Greenhouse gas emissions, by type of generation
Québec has the good fortune to possess immense water resources, enabling us to generate enough clean energy to meet our needs and even have some left over to export. Thanks to hydropower, we can further reduce our dependence on fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal which are largely responsible for climate change. Transportation electrification is one of the promising options available to us in responding to that challenge.
Transportation electrification is one of the promising options available to us.
To meet Quebecers’ present and future needs, Hydro-Québec is carrying out construction projects to meet the growing demand for energy as well as energy efficiency projects that encourage using electricity wisely. But it takes many years to build major facilities like the Eastmain-Sarcelle-Rupert complex in the Baie-James region and the Romaine complex in the Côte-Nord region. Planning has to get started long before the demand arises.
According to a life cycle analysis, Québec’s electricity mix has the smallest environmental footprint.
722 charging stations (240 V or 400 V) for electric vehicles make up The Electric Circuit, which was launched in 2012.
4,500 rivers can be found in Québec, 75 of which have been developed by Hydro-Québec for hydropower generation.
0.5% of Québec’s greenhouse gas emissions come from generating electricity, compared to 11.7% for Canada.