Microgrids: a forward-looking solution

The Lac‑Mégantic microgrid locally generates energy that is 100% renewable. It is Québec’s first microgrid and a milestone in our energy transition, paving the way to a new sustainable energy era. Let’s have a closer look at it.

Energy transition is at the heart of the environmental strategies of many countries. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by replacing fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas in particular) with a mix of renewable energy sources such as sun, wind, water and the Earth’s heat.

To do this, we must rethink how we generate and distribute the electricity we use. This is why Hydro‑Québec and Lac‑Mégantic decided to undertake a joint microgrid project in 2018. “Microgrids are an attractive energy transition solution because they generate green energy locally,” explains Patrick Martineau, Project Coordinator – System Expertise and Development at Hydro‑Québec.