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What will constitute our energy future? Have your say!

Joanie Vallerand
Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles

On November 7, 2014, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Pierre Arcand announced the initiation of a process leading to the adoption of a new Québec energy policy, to be made public in the fall of 2015 following exchanges and discussions.

The 2016-2025 Québec energy policy is intended to enable Québec to participate in a rapidly changing worldwide energy, economic and environmental context; broaden its leadership in the realms of renewable energies, energy efficiency and innovation; responsibly develop all of its resources and its shared energy heritage; and pursue the development of an economy that is less dependent on fossil energy.

The policy is central to the government’s priorities and its elaboration is one of the key challenges facing the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN) in the coming months. The process of reflection is intended to develop a shared understanding of challenges and possibilities, achieve a consensus and propose general orientations and tangible commitments that will guide us in the elaboration of the forthcoming energy policy.

Reflection and consultations will focus on three themes: energy efficiency and innovation, renewable energies (including electricity, bioenergy and urban heating networks), and hydrocarbons.

The expert panel met and the public consultation was held on the theme of energy efficiency and innovation on February 13, 2015 at HEC de Montréal. Eight leading experts in the realm of energy efficiency and innovation presented their perspectives, expressed their opinions, indicated their expertise and made suggestions to respond to the key energy-related challenges that Québec is facing. Roughly 200 people assembled for the expert panel and 50 individuals attended the public consultation.

Renewable energies will be the focal point of discussions and exchanges with the second expert panel, which will meet on March 30, 2015 in Shawinigan. Later this spring, experts and Quebecers will express their opinions on hydrocarbons.

Steps in the process

The MERN will initially make public background documents. The first two documents present major worldwide and regional trends in the realm of energy and examine Québec’s energy situation. The third document focuses on an overall profile of energy efficiency and innovation in Québec, takes stock of initiatives undertaken in recent years, and indicates the outcomes. Two other documents, one devoted to renewable energies and the other one to hydrocarbons, will also be placed online in the coming weeks.

Then, the MERN will invite a panel of experts from Québec and abroad to the three round-table forums. The experts invited will meet for a full day to discuss their perspective of Québec’s energy future. They will be selected beforehand according to their fields of expertise.

Each expert panel will be followed from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. by a public consultation. Individuals and organizations will be invited to express their viewpoints, submit questions and comment on the observations, challenges and questions presented in the background documents, to pursue the experts’ deliberations during the day. It should be noted that advance registration is required. To find out more about the dates of the public consultations, please visit our website.

Individuals who wish to participate interactively in reflection may participate in different ways, either by contributing to the discussion on the blog (French only) or on social networks using the hashtag #PolEnergieQC, by following the session live or offline on the website, or by submitting an open letter on the website.

Once the expert panels and public consultations have ended, the new energy policy will be drafted and launched in the fall of 2015.

We invite you to participate in the deliberations that will take place in the coming weeks and thus contribute to the elaboration of the future 2016-2025 Québec energy policy. The policy will illuminate the road ahead that will enable Québec to reposition its energy development bearing in mind Quebecers’ specific economic, social and environmental values, its consumption profile and the international energy and economic context.

To obtain additional information on the process leading to the adoption by Québec of a new energy policy, please visit www.politiqueenergetique.gouv.qc.ca.

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