Hydro-Quebec touts CO2-avoidance benefits of its hydro generation

Canadian utility Hydro-Québec said May 11 that its power exports avoided the emission of 7.4 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2015, the equivalent of 25% of the total emissions of New England thermal generating stations in 2014.

These figures are from Hydro-Québec’s newly released Sustainability Report 2015. With 99.8% of its output generated from water, Hydro-Québec said its net GHG emissions are very positive for North America.

“One of the things that puts us in an enviable position, as a global shift to renewable energy takes place  to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is the societal choice we made fifty years ago to focus on hydropower. Today, more than 99% of the electricity generated by Hydro‐Québec is clean, renewable energy, which contributes to the quality of life of Quebecers. The benefits extend to our export markets, as well, and we’re very proud of that,” said Éric Martel, Hydro-Québec’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

The utility’s exports displace fossil fuel power generation. In this way, Hydro-Québec is extending the benefits of clean energy continent-wide. The company’s 2015 exports have avoided 7.4 million metric tons of GHG emissions, the equivalent of the annual emissions of 1.85 million cars.

As North America’s biggest producer of renewable energy and New England’s next-door neighbor, Hydro-Québec said it can do more to supply the region with power and help it achieve its objectives in the area of clean, renewable energy at an affordable cost.

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