Quebec released its 2030 Energy Policy this week, which includes increasing renewable energy production by 25%. The province already relies on renewable energy for 45% of its electricity demands but hopes to become a ‘North American leader’.
According to the policy: Hydro-Québec also intends to increase its electricity exports at a time when several neighbouring markets have set GHG reduction targets. Some 99.8% of the electricity that Hydro-Québec generates is renewable, low-carbon power and the utility’s exports are contributing to significantly reducing reliance on polluting thermal power plants.
Vice president of CanWEA, Jean-François Nolet said, “This policy will send a clear signal that Quebec wants to play a leading role across the continent,”
“Its implementation will be the opportunity to move from words to action and attract investment, including by ensuring that the northeastern U.S. market has access to electricity produced by Quebec wind farms.”
“With the most developed wind energy supply chain in Canada and the northeastern United States, Quebec’s wind industry is in a good position to meet our continent’s energy challenges.”
Here are all of the ambitious targets the policy hopes to achieve by 2030:
- enhance energy efficiency by 15%
- reduce by 40 % the amount of petroleum products consumed
- eliminate the use of thermal coal
- increase by 25% overall renewable energy output
- increase by 50% bioenergy production
The Energy Policy will be rolled out in 3 stages. First, amendments will have to be made to existing statutes; then 3 action plans will be developed for the following time periods: 2016-2020, 2021-2025, and 2030. Finally ‘follow-up mechanisms concerning energy supply and consumption and the economy and the environment will be established to ensure that the targets are met by 2030.’