Financial Assistance

To obtain financial assistance for an electricity management system (EMS), projects must combine:

  • the real-time measurement of the energy consumption of your main components, coupled with the adoption of sound practices
  • the implementation of electricity management systems

in order to improve the energy efficiency of your plant’s processes, systems and equipment.

Video: Electricity management systems (EMS) ensure methodical management of energy use [in French only]

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Financial assistance is calculated as follows:

  • 50% of eligible purchase and installation costs of continuous measuring equipment, up to $75,000
  • 50% of development and implementation costs of an electricity management system (measurements for at least one year), up to $75,000
  • cumulative maximum since May 1, 2015: $150,000 per site or per subscription (excluding additional amount)

Another 1¢/kWh in eligible annual savings may be added, conditional upon the implementation of eligible energy efficiency measures, as defined in the Participant’s Guide; the measures must be associated with an electricity management systems project.

If you are eligible, you may obtain financial assistance, provided you inform Hydro-Québec of the recommendations implemented after the project is carried out.

Additional services – Rate L

Buildings for which Rate L is payable may be eligible for new additional financial assistance subject to certain conditions. If you are interested, please send us the Project proposal form [XLSM 199 Kb - in French only].

A global approach to your building’s electricity management

  • Better electricity management
  • Continuous operational control to identify areas of improvement in your systems
  • Enhanced operational measures requiring little or no investment
  • Faster payback
  • Prioritized actions

Successful projects!

Video: Lower electricity consumption at Domtar

Following the first phase of the implementation of the electricity management systems (EMSs), Domtar-Windsor was able to apply new processes. [in French only]

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Video: Electricity savings at Waterville TG

Waterville TG is a world leader in automotive sealing systems. [in French only]

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Take part in the program

Refer to the Participant’s Guide to find out how to implement your project. In it, you will find information about the eligibility requirements and the procedure to submit a request.

Participant’s Guide [PDF 2.21 Mb - in French only]

Documents and Tools

Frequently asked questions

What is an energy management information system (EMIS)?

An EMIS is a critical component of an electricity management system (EMS):

  • It allows for continuous measurement of power consumption.
  • It continuously collects and analyzes data from electromechanical systems, industrial processes and plant machinery.

The data collected can be used by employees to develop energy performance indicators, which allow them to:

  • understand and plan for a business’s power consumption
  • determine whether the business’s energy performance is up to par or whether any abnormal situation is at play
  • quickly assess the impact of corrective measures or process changes on energy consumption and savings

In a nutshell, an EMIS determines:

  • the way in which data, reports and indicators are integrated, taking into account the existing systems and the users’ needs for energy-related information

What is the first step in the process?

The first step in implementing an EMS is a diagnostic analysis, which provides an overview of a company’s energy consumption based on usage as well as its energy performance. It proposes solutions for obtaining energy savings through effective operations management. The final recommendations are used to define and plan the costs and benefits of features that can be implemented to improve energy performance.

What is effective operations management?

The company must determine the operations and maintenance activities associated with its significant energy uses and plan them in accordance with its energy policy, objectives, targets and action plans to ensure compliance in their execution.

To do so, you must:

  • establish the criteria for efficient operations and maintenance of significant energy uses
  • run and maintain facilities, processes, systems and equipment according to the operation criteria
  • inform your staff about effective operations management procedures

What is an energy audit?

An energy audit is an analysis of known data (taken from invoices, technical data sheets, production records, etc.) related to power consumption.

What is it used for?

The audit helps businesses that consume a great deal of energy to pinpoint significant uses on which to focus their energy-saving efforts.

I want to take part in the EMS component, but I would like help figuring out how to proceed. Does the Industrial Systems program offer any such help?

Financial assistance is available under the Electricity Consumption Analysis component to help businesses conduct an analysis and develop a plan of action for implementing an electricity management system.

Assistance is also available to customers eligible for the EMS component.

More specifically, the analysis aims to provide an overview of the current situation and identify the steps involved in putting in place electricity management systems, along with the inherent challenges.

The analysis focuses on three key areas:

  • Consumption of all forms of energy
  • Management systems
  • Information systems

One of the first steps in the EMS implementation process is to create an energy committee, but what exactly is its role?

The committee’s role is as follows:

  • Conduct energy audits to identify energy-saving opportunities
  • Take corrective action
  • Monitor results
  • Draw up an energy-saving plan to reach new objectives

Are there any tools available to help me create an EMIS?

I didn’t submit a project proposal form before starting work on my energy efficiency project. Is my project eligible under the Program?

To take part in the Program, you absolutely must submit your project proposal form before the start date for work under this component. Otherwise, your project will be refused.

The start date for work is:

  1. the date on which a first order for equipment related to the eligible energy efficiency project is placed (purchase order or invoice); or
  2. the date on which an initial contract is signed with a third party to complete work related to the energy efficiency project

I have to submit the project form in order to take part in some of the program’s components, but I need help filling it out. What should I do?

Call the Industrial Systems Program’s business customer services at 1 800 463 9900, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Your request for assistance will be forwarded to a technical expert, who will call you to answer your questions and guide you through the process.

The costs of purchasing any equipment for which purchase orders were issued prior to Hydro-Québec’s confirmed date of receipt of the proposal cannot be included in the calculation of financial assistance. What about electricity savings associated with this equipment?

Like costs, electricity savings associated with the equipment are ineligible and must be taken out of the calculation of financial assistance under the program.


In order to qualify for financial assistance, both the building and the project you are submitting must be eligible for the program. Some projects that are not eligible for this program, may be eligible for the Buildings Program – Catered Component.

To participate in the Electricity Management component of the Industrial Systems Program, you must submit a project proposal form before issuing the first purchase order or signing the first contract associated with your project. In addition, your plant’s annual electricity bill must be at least $750,000. The Participant’s Guide contains a detailed explanation of the steps to follow and a list of all the tools to be used.

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