Our extensive supply portfolio and the heritage pool of electricity enable us to meet capacity and energy demand. We currently have 75 contracts, ranging from 15 to 25 years, for deliveries of electricity generated by a variety of sources, and we’ve also signed a number of other agreements to secure our supply.

Long-term non-heritage supply under contract
Energy source Number of contracts signed Peak capacity (MW) Annual energy (TWh)
2018 2026
Biomass 21 338 1.8 2.5
Wind power 38 1,484 11.2 11.3
Cogeneration 1 8 0.1 N/A
Small hydro 9 122 0.5 0.7
Other sources 3 600 3.1 4.5
Hydro-Québec Production 3 500 N/A 0.2
Total 75 3,053 16.6 19.2
Current and planned capacity – Wind farms and generating stations coveres by supply contracts (MW)
  In operation Under construction Planned Total
Wind farms 3,520.5 147.2 42.8 3,710.5
Cogeneration plants 766.8 9.8 78.8 856.4
Hydroelectric generating stations 703.4 0.0 44.0 747.4
Meeting energy needs – 2017 (GWh)
Energy generated
Hydropower 176,785
Thermal power 305
Total 177,091
Energy generated and purchased
Energy generated 177,091
Energy purchaseda 44,006
Energy savings through energy efficiency measures 524
Total 221,097
Energy purchased
Hydropowerb 31,610
Wind power 9,634
Biomass/waste reclamation 2,021
Other 741
Total 44,006
  1. Overall total and sum of subtotals may differ due to rounding.
  2. Includes purchases from Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation Limited and independent power producers, including McCormick generating station, in which Hydro-Québec holds a 60% interest.

These figures include renewable energy certificates for the output of Hydro-Québec Production’s generating stations that were sold to third parties. They exclude purchases of wind, hydraulic and biogas energy for which certificates were sold to third parties.

Wind power

We buy wind power from independent producers and feed it reliably into our grid.

Biomass

Biomass involves burning residual waste (forest, agrifood and urban biomass) to produce heat and generate electricity. It is a cost-effective option in regions where industrial activities produce a large quantity of organic waste.

Biogas

This energy, which we buy from independent producers, is generated from the biogas released during decomposition of organic matter.

Small hydro

We buy power from independent producers operating small hydropower plants.

Self-generation

We buy the surplus power of customers who generate their own electricity using renewable energy sources. Conversely, if they do not generate enough power for their needs, they can draw electricity from our grid and benefit from reliable power supply.

Proportion of sales outside Québec in 2017

  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 97.15%
  • Ontario: 2.31%
  • New York: 0.36%
  • New England: 0.11%
  • New Brunswick, Manitoba, Nova Scotia: 0.09%

Total: 27,037 GWh

See also