Hydropower accounts for the lion’s share of Québec’s electricity mix, alongside other renewables. Besides securing our supply through contracts with independent renewable energy producers, we support the development of other sources like wind, biomass and small hydro.

Video: Eastmain-1-A/Sarcelle/Rupert project: A model of sustainability

The Eastmain-1-A/Sarcelle/Rupert project was the subject of numerous consultations with stakeholders and led to hundreds of measures to preserve the environment. The Rivière Rupert is mainly used by the Crees, both winter and summer. Hydro-Québec rehabilitated sites, enhanced the area affected by the project, preserved fishing activities and improved access to the area. The company also seeded 300 hectares to support goose hunting, and built two pools and boardwalks at Smokey Hill Rapids for traditional Cree cisco fishing. As a result of all the measures implemented, a living ecosystem has been maintained in the section of the river beyond the diversion point.


  • China - 1,181
  • Brazil - 410
  • Canada, including Hydro-Québec - 380 (208/172)
  • United States - 266
  • Russia - 178
  • Norway - 144
  • India - 121
  • Japan - 92
  • Turkey - 67
  • World - 4,102

Includes electricity generated by pumped storage plants.

Source: Hydropower Status Report 2017, International Hydropower Association


  • The two units (395 MW) at Romaine-3 generating station were commissioned and the station was connected to the grid. (Côte-Nord)

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