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NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs, Hydro-Québec and the Québec Délégation Générale in New York
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Fireside Chat with Hydro-Québec

Join CGA Academic Director Carolyn Kissane and Sophie Brochu, Hydro-Québec’s new CEO and the first woman to run the company in its 75-year history, for a fireside chat about her vision for the organization and the ways that North America’s largest renewable energy producer can partner with its neighbor and longstanding energy partner, New York, to move the region towards a decarbonized economy.

We tend to take hydropower for granted and forget that it is a low-carbon energy source - when in fact it is the country’s largest source of renewable energy. Its reservoirs also provide a valuable service with the ability to balance variable renewable energies such as wind and solar. Québec’s grid boasts more than 99% clean and renewable energy, with vast amounts of available hydropower and nearly 4,000 MW of installed wind energy.

With the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), New York State has given itself the most ambitious decarbonization targets in the country. Downstate New York is particularly challenged due to the imminent closure of the Indian Point nuclear power facility, lack of access to clean baseload power, and transmission constraints. As such, Downstate may be receiving up to 90% of its power from burning fossil fuels, resulting in more greenhouse gas emissions and local air quality issues. Recently, both New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio and the State’s Governor Andrew Cuomo called for bringing Canadian hydropower into New York City in the near term to address these issues and to bolster the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Introductory remarks: Catherine Loubier, Québec Delegate General in New York

Host: Carolyn Kissane, Academic Director and Clinical Professor, NYU-SPS Center for Global Affairs

Guest: Sophie Brochu, CEO, Hydro-Québec