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Hydro-Québec Hilo brings smart to energy management

Steve Rogerson
October 29, 2019



Canadian utility Hydro-Québec is launching Hilo, a brand of personalised products and services that aim to make it easier for consumers to manage their energy use more efficiently and more intelligently.
 
The energy sector is undergoing profound change, partly as a result of rapidly evolving technologies. Users can now play an active role in supplying energy to the grid.
 
Starting next year, Hilo will offer smart home products and services that will help householders manage their energy use efficiently. Thereafter, the range of products and services will gradually expand to include energy services for companies, electric mobility offerings, smart storage and solar self-generation.
 
"With Hilo, customers will become key players in the power industry," said Éric Martel, chief executive officer of Hydro-Québec. "Collectively, we can make a difference by reducing our electricity use, thus freeing up kilowatt-hours to power the Québec economy and increase our exports to other North American markets. Hilo will therefore help reduce GHG emissions while also creating wealth in Québec."
 
Hilo products and services draw upon Québec know-how, which is the combined expertise of Hydro-Québec's research institute, IREQ, and other Québec technology companies.
 
Sébastien Fournier will act as Hilo's president and chief executive officer. He previously served as a manager in a number of large telecommunications companies. Recently, he was vice president and general manager of 8D Technologies, a specialist in the design and development of urban transportation platforms.
 
Hilo is a homonym of the French word îlot, a small island or islet, which is meant to conjure up notions of autonomy in a living space where smart energy is at the very heart of homes and businesses. Visually, the H and O are also meant to remind people of Hydro-Québec.