Hydro-Québec unveils 26 measures to adapt to climate change

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Hydro -Quebec unveils 26 measures to adapt to climate change

These measures target the design, operation, breakdowns and worker safety.

The reinforcement of certain strategic power transmission lines, more efforts to control vegetation near the distribution network and the replacement of wooden poles with more resistant composite poles in certain sectors are among the 26 axes of intervention. Hydro-Québec set out in its Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

The Crown Corporation wants to increase the resistance of its facilities to climate change.

Climate risks must now be an integral part of all business decisions, explains Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Hydro-Québec.

“It is important for Hydro-Québec to adopt such a plan, which aims to strengthen our resilience in the face of these upheavals. In this way, we will be able to continue the production, transmission and distribution of our renewable and low-carbon energy. »

— Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Hydro-Québec

Hydro-Québec's plan, which devotes five measures to outages and their effects on the company's facilities , insists, among other things, on limiting the impacts of extreme weather events on the reliability of the air network.

It is an evolving plan, explains Philippe Bourke, director, activation and integration of sustainable development, at Hydro-Québec. We will rely on research to determine the real impact of these measures and assess our performance, he adds.

Broken trees that touch electrical wires complicate the work of Hydro-Québec teams.

It also involves increasing the resilience of off-grid networks and preventing flooding upstream or downstream of power stations.

The state-owned company also mentions the increase in resilience of essential buildings and the safety of assets and activities in areas at risk of forest fires.

Philippe Bourke, Director, Activation and Integration of Sustainable Development, at Hydro-Québec

In its action plan, Hydro-Québec points out that the issue of adaptation to climate change does not date from today.

The plan design exercise began in 2019, insists Mr. Bourke, we want to do useful work. We want others to be inspired by our thinking […] we also want to raise awareness about the impact of climate change.

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