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Charging Ahead
Charging Ahead

Charging Ahead

Hydro-Québec and the Future of Electricity


250 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: October 2019

ISBN 9781771862011

Rights: WOR

Baraka Books (Oct 2019)


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Hydro-Québec manages one of the largest power grids on the continent. It is among the most profitable, the least expensive, and the greenest. With a stunning renewable energy rate of 99.8%, Quebec has two-generation advance on places like California and Ontario. Combining a reporters' style with thought, philosophy, and a touch of humour, Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoît Nadeau look into Hydro-Québec's future as the public utility marks the 75th anniversary of its founding. The future is now and it is electric. It spans widely diverse fields such as big data aggregation centers, exports to the United States, acquisitions in Mexico, Chinese buses, mega-batteries, bitcoins, charging stations, and much more. Between now and Hydro-Québec's 100th anniversary, the challenges will be vast. As habits and expectations change radically, everything will be on the table, from solar panels to rates, from remote heating control to underground power lines, and from the environment to relations with the indigenous peoples.

Author Biography

Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoît Nadeau are award-winning authors and journalists who publish in English and French. They co-authored the bestselling Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong as well The Bonjour Effect: The Secret Codes of French Conversation Revealed, The Story of Spanish and The Story of French. Both contribute regularly to leading English and French newspapers and magazines including The Globe and Mail, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, L'actualité and Le Devoir.