Hydro-Québec

HYDRO-QUÉBEC

A MORATORIUM ON NEW ELECTRIC DAMS

Quebec has developed its hydroelectric potential on a large scale. The majority of the exploitable waterways are already in operation, the Crown corporation produces a surplus of energy, and the next potential dam sites will be less fiscally and environmentally friendly than those already in place. For these reasons, the Green Party of Quebec supports a moratorium on new electric dams.

ALLOWING THE PURCHASE OF SMALL SCALE RENEWABLE ENERGY

At present, the legal framework does not allow Hydro Quebec to purchase electricity generated by passive houses or small-scale production by residential or commercial buildings. The Green Party of Quebec would mandate Hydro-Québec to buy renewable energy, produced on a small scale, at low prices for producers, following the example of Ontario, which pays $0.42 per kWh to small producers.

MODIFYING ELECTRICITY RATES TO MAKE THEM MORE ECOLOGICAL AND EQUITABLE

The Green Party of Quebec proposes to offer a basic amount of free electricity to every citizen and to bill only for consumption beyond this amount. This policy will have the effect of discouraging over-consumption while easing the tax burden on residential consumers. Companies that are large consumers will have to pay much higher fees than they currently enjoy.

Green Party of Quebec