July 22, 2013 was an eventful day for Canada’s eastern provinces, with two noteworthy developments concerning the future of their electricity industries, including the Nalcor Energy Lower Churchill mega hydroelectric project and its 824 MW first phase Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.
First, Hydro-Québec, Québec’s electricity utility, filed a motion with the Québec Superior Court for a declaratory judgment challenging two recent positions taken by Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation Limited (CFLCo) with respect to the May 12, 1969 Churchill Falls Power Contract (the Power Contract).
CFLCo is a subsidiary of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, itself a subsidiary of Nalcor Energy, Newfoundland … Continue Reading
In our last post, we outlined some of the motivating factors behind the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious new 54,000 MW renewable energy program. In this post, we provide a brief overview of the Kingdom’s competitive procurement process (CPP).
The Kingdom recently published a white paper that describes the proposed CPP. The process “will consist of an Introductory Round with pre-packaged sites identified by the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA CARE), followed by additional procurement rounds conducted over a two to three year window that will target up to 7,000 MW capacity of contracted capacity.”… Continue Reading
The BC government announced on November 2, 2012 that it will delay the submission of BC Hydro’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to Cabinet until August 3, 2013 – three months after the next provincial election. The most recent delay is due to uncertainty of electricity requirements for prospective liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in northern British Columbia. The potential LNG-related electricity load in the region would be substantial if proponents build plants that rely on BC Hydro to satisfy their power requirements. Currently, the existing electricity service to the region is insufficient to meet the potential demand of the … Continue Reading