Québec has vast hydraulic resources, in the form of some 500,000 lakes and 4,500 rivers that cover 12% of its surface area.
For over 50 years, Hydro-Québec has harnessed and developed this potential, with due concern for profitability and respect for the environment and host communities.
When developed with a sound environmental approach, hydropower offers an ideal means of meeting the major challenges facing North America in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring a secure supply of electricity.
At the end of 2015, the company operated a 36,912 MW generating fleet, with hydropower accounting for over 99% of its output. Hydro-Québec is not only one of the largest power generators in North America, it is also among the world’s leading producers of hydropower.