In keeping with the approach of recent years, Hydro-Québec strives to maintain an energy efficiency culture and use energy-saving measures to address some of the growth in demand. We adapt measures to each customer group: residential, business, low-income or off-grid. We are also continuing our demand response initiatives.

Residential neighborhoods on Montréal’s north shore, a great place to live. The Efficient Pools Program was designed to save energy.

Energy savings – Initiatives with customers

For residential customers, our efforts focus on raising awareness about energy efficiency and encouraging them to make sustainable energy choices. Business customers receive financial assistance, as well as advice and support for their energy efficiency initiatives. This flexibility lets our customers incorporate innovative technologies and products into their projects.

Energy requirements are expected to increase by 2026, though not enough to fully deplete the energy surplus. The Demand Response Program will mitigate the effect of the anticipated increase without reducing the capacity deficiency.

Hydro-Québec is moving ahead with its plan to convert off-grid systems to cleaner energy sources to reduce supply costs and its environmental footprint.

New Annual Energy Savings – Energy Efficiency Initiatives (GWh)
  2014 2015 2016 2017
Residential customers 227 178 204 203
Business customers 277 392 330 321
Energy Savings 504 570 534 524

Power demand figures are from the 2017 progress report on the Electricity Supply Plan 2017–2026.


Residential customers

  • New energy savings: 203 GWh (204 GWh in 2016).
  • We continued our Right Moves campaign, launched in 2015.
  • We developed a tool to help customers identify the right lighting for creating the desired mood.
  • We distributed educational kits in a school in Opitciwan, an Atikamekw community served by an off-grid system. The kits acquaint students with the energy efficiency and different sources of energy. (Mauricie)
  • The 00Watt Toolkit was distributed in elementary schools across Québec. Aided by Inspector 00Watt and his case filled with scientific investigations, games and experiments, students are invited to become energy efficiency ambassadors. The kit helps them discover ways to avoid wasting power and develop energy-wise habits. The 00Watt toolkit was provided to 442 schools, reaching 904 classrooms and 19,552 students.
  • We set up an information stand featuring a quiz on the Right Moves at eight major summer events sponsored by Hydro-Québec. A scaled-back version of the stand went on to tour some 40 events in the fall.
  • We teamed up with our business partners to promote their efficient products on the company’s Web site and as part of our ENERGY WISE campaign.
  • Hydro-Québec customers have bought 72,826 water and energy-saving product kits since the Water and Energy-Saving Products Program was first launched in 2013. Given its popularity, the program will be back in 2018.

Business customers

  • New energy savings: 321 GWh (330 GWh in 2016).
  • The new Business Website makes information easier to find and highlights online services, the benefits of hydropower, offers and energy efficiency programs. These features support energy performance in buildings, industry and agriculture.
  • Available in the Customer Space, the new Your Consumption Profile tool enables customers to track their energy use.

Euromart Corporation du Canada joins the Buildings Program

Owned by Euromart Corporation du Canada, the 21-story building at 800 Place D’Youville in the city of Québec typifies 1970s office tower design.

Euromart wanted to reconfigure the building to make it compliant with the National Building Code and bring its electromechanical systems in line with the most recent standards. After joining Hydro-Québec’s Buildings Program, the company adopted energy efficiency measures that included:

  • Regulating air flow by installing variable-speed drives on two peripheral systems and the central ventilation system
  • Installing a plate heat exchanger to recover heat from the heating, cooling and air-conditioning systems, thus reducing the use of electric coils
  • Installing control systems to optimize elevator performance

These measures have resulted in improved energy performance and reduced operating costs.

Aliments Breton upgrades three of its farms with efficient products

Agri-food leader Aliments Breton, a pork producer and meat processor, distributes its products across North America. Its holdings include over 300 farms in Québec and Ontario.

Aliments Breton’s farm construction projects and energy efficiency measures are in line with official organic standards and the Certified Humane® program.

In three of its farms (Saint-François-Xavier-de-Viger, Saint-Honoré-de-Témiscouata and Lac-aux-Sables), the company installed energy-saving measures that included piglet warmers, LED lighting and high-efficiency fans. The piglet warmers represent power savings of 74% compared to infrared lamps in addition to enhancing livestock wellbeing. Overall, the measures boosted energy efficiency and reduced operating costs at each facility.

Improving energy efficiency in commercial and institutional buildings

The Integrated Design option of the Buildings Program Catered Component comes into play before plans and specifications have been drawn up, at a stage where decisions made will impact the building’s overall energy efficiency.

It entails a formal integrated design process comprising sustainable development objectives and taking into account the building’s life cycle (design, construction, operation and occupancy). Participants in the process include experts in architectural design, building engineering and building energy simulation, in addition to the customer.

Simulations testing the effectiveness of solutions that leverage synergies and holistic design measures using life-cycle analysis are carried out to help optimize the energy-related objectives.

To maximize the results of the integrated design approach, Hydro-Québec increases the financial assistance granted to energy efficiency projects once they have been completed.

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