Demand for clean energy is constantly increasing, which has introduced a new challenge—winter peaks. These periods of high demand occur mainly during cold snaps, in the mornings and evenings, when everyone is heating their homes and using energy-intensive appliances at the same time. When we all reduce our consumption during winter peaks:
To better understand power management during peak periods, imagine a restaurant.
The restaurant seats 50 (capacity). If 200 people want to eat at the restaurant all at once (power demand during a peak period), the restaurant won’t be able to serve everyone at the same time, even if there’s enough food (energy) for everyone.
Instead of renting more tables to meet the high—but temporary—demand (peak period), the restaurant will ask some customers to dine earlier and others to arrive later. Everyone will be served, just not at the same time. That’s how we can help flatten the peak.
We avoid having to purchase more polluting electricity at a higher price from neighboring markets during those periods.
We reduce or limit future investments required to ensure our system can meet the growing demand for electricity.
We do more with our electricity because we can electrify more sectors that currently rely on fossil fuels.
Offers to help contribute to the collective effort and save money
The actions you’re willing to take on a daily basis to be energy wise will help you decide which of the options below suit you best.
Our offers can help you reduce or shift your electricity use outside peak demand events. By doing so, you’re reducing the pressure on the Hydro‑Québec grid and contributing to the energy transition. What’s more, you also save on your electricity bill and get rewards. It’s so easy!