The Quebec Heating Oil Association

The Quebec Heating Oil Association

October 04, 2007 16:55 ET

'Residential Heating Oil is a Much Needed Source of Energy in Quebec' Says the Quebec Heating Oil Association

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2007) - On October 1st, the Natural Resources and Wildlife Minister, Mr. Claude Bechard, and the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Mrs. Line Beauchamp, made public the Government's plan to reduce consumption of heavy heating oil with the primary objective of improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gases.

Following the Ministers' announcements, it is incumbent for the Quebec Heating Oil Association to eliminate any possible confusion due to the announcement and to clarify the difference between two heating oil products; residential heating oil no. 2 used primarily in homes and heavy heating oil no. 6 used for industrial and commercial buildings. The Government's plan is to reduce consumption of heavy heating oil no. 6.

The heating oil industry believes strongly that the government has no intention of eliminating residential heating oil, which is an important and indispensable source of energy for over 450,000 homes in Quebec. The new Quebec energy strategy stipulates that heating oil contributes to the security of Quebec's energy needs, specifically to reduce the demand for electricity during high use periods by providing heat to customers who experience power outages and who require bi-energy.

The Quebec Heating Oil Association would also like to re-assure heating oil customers that the industry is actively participating in the future subsidy programs to be offered next spring by the Quebec Energy Efficiency Agency. These programs will reduce greenhouse gases by providing subsidies for the replacement of existing equipment with modern EnergyStar equipment with higher efficiency and better performance. The result will be a significant cost reduction for consumers and lower greenhouse gases.

Contact Information

  • Quebec Heating Oil Association
    514-285-1150 or 1-800-561-6074