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Quebec bioenergy and energy policy

June 7, 2016 - This past April, the Quebec government released its energy transition policy going forward to 2030. This policy emphasizes a low-carbon economy, providing opportunity for energy efficiency and renewable energy, particularly bioenergy.


June 7, 2016
By KSH Solutions

In 2013, total energy consumption in Quebec rose to 39.8 million tonnes of oil equivalent (toe) or 52.8 TW. This power consumption includes electricity and various fuels used for transport, building heating, industrial processes, etc. Bioenergy accounted for 7.4% of this amount, or 3.0 million toe.

Among its various targets, the government aims to increase bioenergy production by 50%, an increase of 2,000 MW. The bioenergy sector encompasses building heating (traditional wood, pellets, etc.), biomass cogeneration, biofuels and biogas production through anaerobic digestion/treatment.

In order to achieve this objective, an annual increase of approximately 3.3 million dry tonnes of biomass would be required, taking as a basic assumption that this energy is produced through combustion alone.


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