The third leading source of electricity generation in the world, hydropower guarantees a reliable supply. Thanks to its storage capacity, a reservoir generating station can react instantly to changes in demand and adjust almost in real time to peak demand. In comparison, it can take up to 12 hours to start up a conventional thermal power plant. With water used to generate over 99% of its output, Hydro-Québec is among the largest hydropower producers in the world.
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.
ReNew Canada magazine ranked the Romaine complex as the fourth-biggest infrastructure project under way in Canada in 2016.
Activities in 2016
- We continued work on the Romaine complex, which includes four hydroelectric generating stations. On the site of Romaine-3 generating station, we finished building the dam and concreting the main permanent structures. To date, jobs created by the entire project have reached 1,611 person-years, with workers from Côte-Nord or Innu communities accounting for close to half of the workforce. Yearly investments total $433 million and contracts awarded in the region, $43 million.
Video: 100th anniversary of Les Cèdes generating station
Les Cèdres generating station, a run-of-river plant, located on the Saint-Laurent (St. Lawrence River), in Montérégie. The newly refurbished facility opened its doors to the public for its 100th anniversary this year. It is the second-oldest hydroelectric generating station in Québec. When it was built in 1914, it was the first generating station designed to export part of its output to the United States. For a long time, it was the most powerful facility in Québec. About 15 years ago, a bicycle path was added along several of its retaining structures, offering riders splendid panoramic views. (in French only)