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Québec has extensive freshwater resources, some of which have been harnessed to generate electricity. Hydroelectricity gives Québec a competitive, renewable source of energy with impacts on the environment and climate that remain limited compared to conventional forms of power generation.


Originally, hydroelectric development was connected with the growth of the forestry and metal refining industries. Next, the Government mandated Hydro-Québec to harness the immense hydroelectric potential found throughout Québec.

Québec’s new energy strategy aims, first, to resume and accelerate the pace of hydroelectric development, after the slowdown of the late 1990s.

Priority actions

The Government’s actions will focus on the following priority areas.

  1. Launch new major hydroelectric projects totalling 4,500 MW.
  2. Increase electricity exports, once needs have been met in Québec.
  3. Use our rate advantage to benefit Québec.
  4. Limit the role played by nuclear energy in Québec by developing hydroelectric resources.

An ambitious strategy

By launching new hydroelectric projects totalling 4,500 MW, the Government has implemented a vision of hydroelectric development based on sustainable development.

The strategy is ambitious. With projects representing 4,500 MW and investments of $25 billion, along with the creation of roughly 70 000 jobs, Québec will enter an era of development unequalled since the first phase of the Baie James project.

The strategy will benefit all regions of Québec. It will be implemented in partnership with the First Nations.

The approach chosen for major hydroelectric projects is both daring and innovative. It will lead to the definition of a broad “portfolio” of projects, and reduce the overall time needed to complete the projects without compromising the depth of the analyses required or the need to conduct well-grounded negotiations.

The strategy to resume and accelerate the pace of hydroelectric development will make a key contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and will contribute to the sustainable development of the northeastern portion of the continent.

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