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Montréal, September 16, 2015

Press Release

To mark the 375th anniversary of MontréalHydro-Québec to host Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership Summit in 2017

In May 2017, Hydro-Québec will be hosting the 26th Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) Summit in Montréal. For two days, this major event will bring together executives from some of the world’s largest electric utilities.

“We are very pleased to welcome such major electric utilities to Montréal. The fact that we are holding this prestigious summit confirms our strategic and enviable position on the international scene. Hydro-Québec is recognized for its know-how and innovation, which is something that we can be proud of,” said Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec.

By hosting and organizing this major event in Montréal in 2017, Hydro-Québec will contribute to the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations. Moreover, Hydro-Québec—one of the two founding members of the GSEP—is confirming its commitment to the organization, which it will be chairing in 2016-2017.

About the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership

The Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, which has its General Secretariat in Montréal, is an international not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1992 after the Rio Summit. Previously known as e8, it is made up of the largest electric utilities in the world. The mission of its members is to play a proactive role in the global debates on key electricity industry issues and to promote sustainable development by means of knowledge-transfer projects and programs geared to the electricity sector in developing countries around the world (

The GSEP is made up of 12 member companies:

  • American Electric Power (United States)
  • Électricité de France (France)
  • Eletrobras (Brazil)
  • ENEL SpA (Italy)
  • EuroSibEnergo (Russia)
  • Hydro-Québec (Canada)
  • Iberdrola (Spain)
  • JSC RusHydro (Russia)
  • The Kansai Electric Power Company, Inc. (Japan)
  • RWE AG (Germany)
  • State Grid Corporation of China (China)
  • Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. (Japan)

About Hydro-Québec

Hydro-Québec generates, transmits and distributes electricity. It is Canada’s largest electricity producer and one of the world’s largest hydroelectric power producers. Hydro-Québec’s sole shareholder is the Québec government. While relying mainly on hydropower, it supports the development of other technologies—such as wind energy and biomass—through purchases from independent power producers. It also conducts R&D in energy-related fields including energy efficiency (

For Information:

Marc-Antoine Pouliot
514 289-5005

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