Pilot projects to test dual-energy solutions using both electricity and natural gas

MONTREAL, February 16, 2022 / CNW Telbec / – Hydro-Québec and Énergir have taken another step towards creating a dual-energy solution that would allow natural gas heating systems to run on electricity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with residential, commercial and institutional buildings.

Hydro-Quebec (CNW Group / Hydro-Quebec)

In the coming months, the three institutional partners are the Aquarium du Québec, the Société des établissements de pleblísements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq), the Multifonctionnel de Contrecœur and the École Très-Saint-Sacrement at the Service Center. scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys in Lashin – will test a variety of devices that use both electricity and natural gas. Using double energy will help reduce their natural gas consumption by relying on electricity most of the time and natural gas only in very cold weather.

The aim of the pilot projects is to test modern technologies and determine the effective balance between electricity and natural gas before offering services to the commercial and institutional sectors in the coming months subject to the approval of the Régie de l’énergie.

At the same time, the two distributors are conducting pilot projects in the residential market to optimize the experience for customers who choose double energy as a replacement for natural gas. The proposal for this market is expected to appear this summer subject to the approval of the Régie de l’énergie.

A unique partnership to decarbonize buildings in Quebec

These pilot projects are being launched as part of a partnership initiated last July between Hydro-Québec and Énergir to reduce natural gas consumption by participating customers by just over 70% and thus reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to residential heating and commercial premises. and institutional buildings. The principle of double energy using both electricity and natural gas is to replace natural gas systems with double energy options for heating buildings with electricity most often and natural gas only in very cold weather.

The historical peaks of consumption recorded during the recent cold snap emphasize the importance of efficient use of electricity to reduce the pressure on the Hydro-Québec power system when electricity demand is high. Double energy is a great way to maximize the share of electricity in building heating by limiting exposure to peak periods.

By 2030, the increase in electrification of buildings as a result of double energy will compensate for 540,000 tons of CO2 equivalent – emissions of 125,000 cars – at the lowest cost to society. This partnership will help achieve the Quebec government’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the construction sector by 50% by 2030.


“The launch of the pilot projects marks a concrete step towards implementing a dual-energy electricity-natural gas solution that we look forward to offering to our customers to support them in their decarbonisation efforts. It is a cornerstone of our vision of the future to ultimately reduce natural gas consumption in buildings and stay present where and when there is value. ” Valery Sapin, Director of Marketing and Innovation Énergir

“Quebec’s electrification is accelerating. Dual energy is an additional tool for us to provide our customers with reliable service by limiting pressure during periods of peak demand. Pilot projects will allow us to test and improve additional electricity and natural gas utilization opportunities for customers and institutional.” – Sabrina HarbeckDirector – Commercial programs, energy and regulatory expertise, Hydro-Quebec

“The multifunctional center is at the center of public life in Kontreker. Therefore, we are very pleased to contribute to this innovative project that makes the center even more environmentally friendly. Our participation in this process is in line with our municipal commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. ». – Maud Allermayor, Ville de Contrecœur

“Converting the heating systems at the École Très-Saint-Sacrement into a two-energy electricity-natural gas system is in line with our strategy and reflects our commitment to the 17 goals in the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. greenhouse gas emissions, we provide our students and all of Montreal with a greener environment. ” – Dominic BertrandMargarit-Bourgeois, Director General of the Scalar Services Center

“Initiating strong environmental values, Sépaq is always looking for innovative ideas to reduce the environmental footprint. The opportunity to experience new technologies that can help us make a positive step for the environment at the Aquarium du Québec is exciting.” – Jacques CaronCEO of Sépaq

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Très-Saint-Sacrement Primary School at the Marguerite-Bourgeoys scolaire service center in Lashin.  (CNW Group / Hydro-Quebec)

Très-Saint-Sacrement Primary School at the Center de Services scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys in Lashin. (CNW Group / Hydro-Quebec)

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