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Charging electric cars will cause “tremendous pressure” in Quebec

The minister has already stated that the government must “choose” from among the many requests from companies that want access to Hydro-Quebec’s network to supply new industrial projects. He also sees energy efficiency as a way to reduce stress on the grid.

The electrification of transport will not be slowed down by these mitigation measures, Mr Fitzgibbon stresses. Quebec does not intend to step on the accelerator when the transportation sector accounts for 43% of greenhouse gas emissions. My colleague Benoit Charette [ministre de l’Environnement] It pushes me in the back to say, “I need the energy to decarbonise.”He said during an announcement on the electrification of transportation, Friday in Laval.

There are nearly 170,000 electric vehicles in Quebec, according to data from the Electric Vehicle Association of Quebec (AVÉQ). The government wants to increase this number to 2 million by 2030. It would put tremendous pressure on Hydro-Québec, not in terms of energy, but in terms of energy management.The minister admits.

Hydro-Québec envisages an end to energy surpluses around 2027. Crown estimates that more than 100 additional TWh of electricity will be needed to meet demand and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. This capacity will be increased through energy efficiency, new solar and wind projects as well as potential new hydroelectric dams.

To find ways to reduce the pressure, Quebec is giving $2.7 million in aid to two companies that will develop software to manage the consumption of charging stations in multi-unit residences. The idea is to move the car charging period outside of rush hour.

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The Electric Vehicle Charging (RVE) project and the Dimonoff project, in partnership with the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), will make it possibleErasing 4,000 megawatts of power and moving an electric vehicle that charges outside of peak hourssays Head of Electric Vehicle Recharging, David Korbel.

industrial demand

On the margins of the announcement, Mr Fitzgibbon reiterated that there were only 1,000 left MW Electricity to implement major new industrial projects, a figure he revealed before the Parliamentary Committee on Thursday.

However, Quebec can accommodate more projects, he is eligible. The government received a list of demands equivalent to 23,000 MW and nearly 10,000 MW seriously considered. You must pay attention. We do not need this todayhad nuances in an interview.

With the wind turbines that we will build, with the turbines that we will replace, with the energy efficiency that we will have, we, in the Ministry of Economy, are working towards 9,000 MW And it is missing, we program it for the period when it can be made. »

Quote from Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister for Economy and Energy

The minister adds that interest in electrifying Quebec is strong. He says he has had discussions with companies that have said they are willing to wait a year or two to be able to connect to Hydro-Quebec’s grid, because its electricity makes it possible to reduce the carbon footprint of projects.