Hydro‑Québec and Énergir have joined forces to fight climate change by proposing a dual-energy offer. The idea is simple: using electricity to meet over 70% of heating requirements and natural gas as an auxiliary source. Find out more about this collaborative effort.
Who is the offer geared to?
Énergir residential customers with natural gas central heating systems who want to lower both their energy bills and their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Do you do business with another natural gas distributor?
While you aren’t eligible for this offer, you can still benefit from Hydro‑Québec’s dual-energy Rate DT and financial assistance through the Québec government’s Chauffez vert program.
What does the offer consist of?
The dual-energy offer developed by Hydro‑Québec and Énergir meets building heating requirements through a combination of two energy sources: electricity for the most part, and natural gas during periods of extreme cold, when pressure on the power grid is at its highest. In other words, it consists in using the right energy source at the right time and at the lowest possible cost. It’s win-win all around, since it benefits not just customers, but society as a whole!
Benefits for you...
Access to financial assistance covering a significant portion of the purchase and installation costs of the dual-energy heating system
Support throughout the conversion process
As needed, work to adapt Hydro‑Québec’s distribution system, performed at no charge to you
…and for society
Fight climate change by using electricity produced from clean and renewable energy sources to meet most of your heating needs
Reduce pressure on the power grid by using natural gas as your heat source during winter peaks
Substantial financial assistance is provided under a partnership between the Québec government, Énergir and Hydro‑Québec for the purchase and installation of a dual-energy system. There are two scenarios:
Forced-air central heating system
You are eligible for financial assistance if you add an electric central heat pump to your natural gas central heating system, regardless of whether or not you decide to replace your gas boiler at the same time.
For detached, semi-detached or row houses or condo units with a separate heating system, the amounts available range from $5,500 to $5,800.
Duplex or triplex: financial assistance is also available.
Hot water heating system
Financial assistance is available to switch to a dual-energy (electricity and natural gas) heating system in a detached, semi-detached or row house, a condo unit with a separate heating system, or a duplex, triplex or other multi-unit building.
For more information on this offer, including details on equipment and amounts, visit Énergir’s website.
For more information on Hydro‑Québec’s Rate DT, visit our web page.
How can you take advantage of this offer?
You’ll receive full support throughout the conversion to dual energy.
Specialized contractors will submit bids that include the financial assistance for which you are eligible.
Have your equipment installed.
The selected contractor will contact you to book an installation date.
Save money as you reduce your heating footprint!
You'll benefit from Hydro‑Québec's Rate DT and get tips on how to maximize your savings.
Join in the fight against climate change by helping Québec reach its GHG emissions reduction targets!
The partnership between Hydro‑Québec and Énergir aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the best possible cost for Québec society by letting you use the right energy source at the right time.
of CO2 equivalent
per year by 2030,
or roughly the emissions from 125,000 vehicles*
*Calculation based on average fuel consumption of 10.7 L/100 km for a vehicle traveling 20,000 km annually.
More specifically, it maximizes the amount of electricity used to heat buildings while cutting the natural gas consumption of participating households by over 70%. The two energy sources work together to optimally meet energy needs during peak winter periods.
In fact, if heating were to be 100% electrified, this would add nearly 2,000 megawatts (MW) to peak demand by 2030, which is more than the capacity of all four generating stations in the Romaine complex! Dual energy will therefore help us meet peak demand while keeping costly purchases of fossil-fuel generation on neighboring markets to a minimum, and thus limit pressure on electricity rates for all customers.
This solution thus represents a concrete means of acting now to fight climate change while minimizing the impact on the environment and society.
Frequently asked questions
When will this offer be rolled out?
- Residential customers can avail themselves of the offer as of June 2022.
- A similar offer aimed at commercial and institutional customers is expected to be launched in the coming months, subject to approval from the Régie de l’énergie.
Who is eligible for this offer?
The dual-energy offer for sustainable decarbonization is geared to Énergir residential customers with a forced-air or hot water central heating system that runs on natural gas. Participants must purchase and install new equipment leading to the exclusive use of a dual-energy heating system. The ultimate goal is to increase the amount of electricity used in the heating of buildings.
I have an electric heating system. Am I eligible for this offer?
No. The offer is not available to Hydro‑Québec customers who already heat with electricity or a dual-energy system. However, other programs are available to these customers. See the offers.
Does a special electricity rate apply to those who opt for this offer?
Residential customers who opt for dual-energy (electricity and natural gas) heating benefit from Hydro‑Québec’s Rate DT, which is available to all households that have a dual-energy system.
Will this solution cost more than heating exclusively with natural gas?
The offer is designed as an incentive for converting existing heating systems to dual energy. Financial assistance for the purchase and installation of the necessary equipment is provided under a partnership between the Québec government, Énergir and Hydro‑Québec. Furthermore, Hydro‑Québec’s Rate DT, aimed specifically at customers who use dual-energy heating systems, will apply to the electricity used. Rate DT lets customers enjoy recurring savings if they use the right energy source at the right time, based on the outdoor temperature.
Why are you rolling out this offer?
To help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, since heating buildings is a major source of emissions that directly impact climate change. By teaming up, Hydro‑Québec and Énergir aim to decrease the amount of natural gas consumed by program participants by more than 70%, thereby helping Québec reach its GHG emissions reduction target set in the 2030 Plan for a Green Economy. Under the Plan, Québec aims to cut its emissions by 37.5% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels.
Why not offer a solution to convert to an all-electric heating system?
- Heating buildings using only electricity would put significant pressure on Hydro‑Québec’s grid during winter peak periods.
- Dual energy is an excellent way of maximizing the use of electricity in building heating while limiting the impact on the grid during peak periods. Lowering the demand for electricity at these specific times makes it possible to optimize operations at the very moments when the grid is subject to the most pressure. This in turn will help Hydro‑Québec avoid having to make additional investments or expenditure to meet peak demand.
- Between 2022 and 2030, the dual-energy offer will save Québec nearly $1.7 billion compared to an all-electric scenario, which would have a much greater impact on electricity rates.