Energy Strategies - Quebec
Ministry of Energy
Developing the Value
of Forest Biomass:
An Action Plan
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Released in 2006, Quebec’s energy strategy, Using Energy to Build the Quebec of Tomorrow, outlines the provincial government’s policy actions on energy through 2015, including those of the Hydro-Quebec, the province’s wholly owned energy corporation. Wide-ranging, the document includes actions on offshore oil development in the gulf of St. Lawrence and estuary, energy-saving targets for public institutions (e.g., Hydro-Québec must increase its energy savings from 4.1 to 8.0 TWh and Gaz Métro and Gazifère must increase their energy savings target to 350 million cubic metres) and, because of the importance of Hydro-Quebec to the province’s energy mix: hydroelectric development and pricing, the latter with a particular emphasis on continued affordability.
The specifics of the province’s hydroelectric development are outlined in Hydro Quebec’s Strategic Plan: 2009 – 2013, which also addresses the provincial corporation’s “firming” of wind power development, supporting the 4,000 MW of wind-generated electricity the province has targeted for 2015. As in most provincial and territorial energy strategies, Quebec’s includes a range of efficiency programs and targets, such as reducing fuel consumption by government departments and agencies by 20% by 2010 and strengthening Quebec’s building code, all coordinated by the Agence de l’efficacité énergétique. The province’s energy strategy also includes a number of supporting documents.
In addition to its 2008 climate change action plan, which outlines emission reduction targets and alludes to an impending provincial cap-and-trade system, the province has also published Developing the Value of Forest Biomass: An Action Plan, focused on encouraging the use of wood-based fuel as a substitute for fossil fuels. A Development Strategy for Quebec’s Environmental and Green Technology Industry, meanwhile, outlines $282 in funding in four key areas: business development ($37.0 million), green technology development ($237.5 million), local markets ($0.6 million) and internationalization ($6.3 million). Finally, like many other provincial energy strategies, Quebec’s is complemented by an update document auditing the strategy’s progress to date.
Quebec’s Using Energy to Build the Quebec of Tomorrow includes five objectives that guide the province’s actions on energy. These objectives, in turn, correspond to common themes found throughout Canada’s other provincial and territorial energy strategies.
- Québec must strengthen its energy supply security
- [Quebec] must make better use of energy as a lever for economic development. Priority is given to hydro-electricity, wind energy potential, hydrocarbon reserves and the diversification of our natural gas supplies.
- Local and regional communities and First Nations must be given more say
- We must use energy more efficiently
- Québec must become a leader in the sustainable development field
- Electricity rates must be set at a level that promotes our interests and ensures proper management of resources, thus improving price signals while protecting consumers and Québec’s industrial structure
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