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Québec’s New Energy Policy

Posted in Québec Hydro-Québec, Régie de l’énergie
Québec

The Québec Government has unveiled its energy policy for 2016-2030, entitled “Politique énergétique 2030, L’énergie des Québécois – Source de croissance” (Energy Policy 2030, The Energy of Quebecers – a Source of Growth). The policy is the result of two major public consultations that took place in 2013 and 2015. It follows the previous policy in effect from 2006 until 2015 and aims to set out a clear vision of energy development in Québec as well as addressing the concerns of certain stakeholders.… Continue Reading

Politique énergétique 2030 du Québec (in French)

Posted in Projects, Québec, Québec Hydro-Québec, Régie de l’énergie
Québec

This article will be translated to English shortly.

Le gouvernement québécois a dévoilé aujourd’hui sa politique énergétique pour la période 2016-2030, intitulée « Politique énergétique 2030, L’énergie des Québécois – Source de croissance ». La Politique est le fruit de deux consultations populaires importantes qui ont eu lieu en 2013 et en 2015. Elle intervient à l’expiration de la politique précédente (2006-2015) et vise à énoncer une vision claire du gouvernement en matière de développement énergétique et à répondre à certaines préoccupations contemporaines.… Continue Reading

Canadian Power: Key Developments in 2015/Trends to Watch for in 2016

Posted in Aboriginal, BC Hydro, Climate Change, Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Federal, Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator, Power, Project Finance, Québec, Québec Hydro-Québec, Regulation

The National Power Group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP is pleased to introduce Canadian Power: Key Developments in 2015 /Trends to Watch for in 2016. This publication provides an unprecedented overview of the most significant developments in the Canadian power industry and highlights key trends to watch for.  In addition to providing a detailed review of developments in each region, we look at developments in key areas of national scope, including project finance, environmental, regulatory and aboriginal law matters.

A full pdf version of Canadian Power: Key Developments in 2015 / Trends to Watch for in 2016 can be accessed … Continue Reading

Update on Hydro-Québec Off-Grid Wind Farm RFP

Posted in Community Projects, Québec Hydro-Québec, Wind
Québec

Late in December 2015, Hydro-Québec Distribution (“HQD”) announced the postponement by one year of the deadline for submissions in response to its request for proposals (A/P 2015-01) (“RFP”) issued on October 23, 2015 for the development, building and operation of a 6 MW wind farm in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, in Québec. The objective of this RFP is to integrate a wind farm into the off-grid system of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, which would contribute to reducing Hydro-Québec’s use of its Cap-aux-Meules oil-fired thermal plant.… Continue Reading

New RFP for a 6 MW Wind Farm in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Posted in Québec, Québec Hydro-Québec, Wind
Québec

Hydro-Québec held on July 14 in Montreal an information session regarding the upcoming launch of a request for proposals to develop, build and operate a 6 MW wind farm in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, in the province of Québec.

That wind farm would be integrated into the off-grid system of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine and would contribute to reducing Hydro-Québec’s use of its Cap-aux-Meules oil-fired thermal plant.… Continue Reading

Hydro-Québec Issues New RFP for Wind Power Integration Service

Posted in Hydroelectric, Québec Hydro-Québec, Wind
Québec

On July 17, 2015, Hydro-Québec Distribution (“HQD”) issued a new request for proposals (A/O 2015-02) (the “RFP”) for the purchase of a wind power integration service for all of its wind farms under contract.

The proposals will be required to include a balancing service to guarantee wind energy deliveries as well as additional firm capacity during the winter period, from December 1 to March 31 of each year.… Continue Reading

Hydro-Québec RFP A/O 2015-01 Deadline for Submitting Bids has Passed

Posted in Biomass, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Hydroelectric, Natural Gas, Québec Hydro-Québec
Québec

The deadline for submitting bids in Hydro-Québec Distribution’s RFP A/O 2015-01 was May 20, 2015. Such RFP aims at purchasing 500 MW of firm capacity and associated energy to meet the long-term domestic electricity needs of Québec.… Continue Reading

Hydro-Québec Issues New RFP for 500 MW of Firm Capacity and Related Energy

Posted in Electricity, Purchase Agreements, Québec Hydro-Québec
Québec

On March 4, 2015, Hydro-Québec Distribution (“HQD”) issued a new request for proposals for the purchase of up to 500 MW of firm capacity and the related energy during “peak periods”.

The energy offered by bidders will need to be available for at least 300 hours per year, mainly during the winter period, in accordance with a delivery schedule which may be communicated by HQD at any time on a four hour minimum prior notice.… Continue Reading

Hydro-Québec Distribution Accepts Three Bids Totaling 446.4 MW in its 450 MW Wind RFP

Posted in Québec Hydro-Québec, Régie de l’énergie, Wind
Québec

On December 16, 2014, Hydro-Québec Distribution announced that it accepted three bids totalling 446.4 MW following the conclusion of its latest request for proposals for the purchase of 450 MW of wind power.

The average electricity price of the bids accepted is 7.6 ¢/kWh, including 1.3 ¢/kWh for transmission costs, and the projects are set to commence operation on December 1, 2016 and December 1, 2017. The electricity supply contracts which will be entered into with the winning bidders will be submitted to the Régie de l’énergie for approval.

A list of the bids accepted is available here.… Continue Reading

54 Bids Totaling 6,627.5MW Submitted in Connection with Hydro-Québec Distribution’s 450MW Wind RFP

Posted in Electricity, Québec Hydro-Québec
Québec

On November 6, 2014, Hydro-Québec Distribution (“HQD”) publicly opened the sealed bids received in response to its request for proposals launched on December 18, 2013, for the purchase of 450MW of wind power produced in Québec. The submission of bids, initially due for September 3, 2014, had been rescheduled to November 5, 2014 following certain delays in obtaining the approval of the Régie de l’énergie (Québec’s energy board) for the evaluation criteria of the RFP.

HQD announced having received 54 bids totaling 6 627,5MW. We note, however, that a certain portion of the submitted bids appears to be … Continue Reading

Hydro-Québec Distribution Announces New Deadline for Submission of Bids in 450 MW Wind RFP

Posted in Electricity, Québec Hydro-Québec, Wind
Québec

Hydro-Québec Distribution issued today the third addendum to the call for tenders document in respect of its 450 MW wind call for tenders. Bidders will now be required to submit their bids by November 5, 2014. Bids will be opened on November 6, 2014, but the date for the announcement of successful bids remains to be determined.

The issuance of this addendum follows the much anticipated Régie de l’énergie approval on which we reported here.… Continue Reading

Régie de l’énergie Approves Weighting Table for 450 MW Wind RFP

Posted in Electricity, Québec Hydro-Québec, Régie de l’énergie, Wind
Québec

On August 22, we reported here that Hydro-Québec Distribution was postponing to an undetermined date the deadline for submission of bids in its latest call for tenders for the purchase of a block of wind power produced by facilities with an installed capacity of 450 MW (A/O 2013-01), pending the approval by the Régie de l’énergie, Québec’s energy board, of the weighting table for the applicable evaluation criteria.

In a decision issued on October 20 and available here (in French only), the Régie de l’énergie finally approved the weighting table. Of interest, the Régie de l’énergie modified the weighting table … Continue Reading

Québec Government Proposes a Discount on Industrial Electricity Rates

Posted in Electricity, Plan Nord, Power, Québec, Québec Hydro-Québec, Régie de l’énergie
Québec

On October 14, 2014, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and the Minister Responsible for the Northern Plan, Mr. Pierre Arcand, and the Minister of the Economy, Innovation and Exports, Mr. Jacques Daoust, introduced Québec’s strategy to use its electricity surpluses: a 20% discount on the current industrial electricity rates to encourage investments and new projects in the province.… Continue Reading

Hydro-Québec Distribution 450 MW Wind RFP Submission Deadline Delayed

Posted in Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Québec Hydro-Québec, Régie de l’énergie, Wind
Québec

On December 18, 2013, we reported that Hydro-Québec Distribution (HQD) had issued a call for tenders for the purchase of a block of wind power produced by facilities with an installed capacity of 450 MW. A link to this blog post can be found here (http://www.canadianenergylawblog.com/2013/12/18/hydro-quebec-distribution-issues-a-call-for-tenders-for-450-mw-of-wind-power/).

HQD issued yesterday Addendum #2 to the call for tenders document. This latest Addendum replaces the timetable already provided under Section 3.1 of the call for tenders document and postpones to an undetermined date the deadline for submission of bids, which deadline was initially scheduled for September 3, 2014.

HQD will grant … Continue Reading

Historic Procurement Opportunities – Part II

Scope of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement with Europe Regarding Public Utility Procurement

Posted in BC Hydro, Energy – Conventional, NB Power, Ontario Power Authority, Power, Procurement, Québec Hydro-Québec, Utilities

Our prior instalment considered the changes that the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (“CETA”) will have on procurement by public utilities. We will now look at the extent to which the obligations imposed by CETA on procurements by public utilities will be limited by minimum monetary thresholds and certain special exceptions.

Under all procurement treaties including CETA, only procurements which exceed a certain monetary value are subject to the treaty’s obligations. Under CETA, only those procurements by  a covered public utility that exceed $630,000 will be subject to its requirements.[1] Procurements by utilities below that threshold will not be subject … Continue Reading

Surprisingly, U.S. shale gas does not spell doom for Québec electricity export sales

Posted in Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Natural Gas, Power, Québec Hydro-Québec
Québec

Hydro-Québec announced on May 9, 2014 that it has posted a net result of $2.94 billion in 2013. Apparently, this increase in profitability is attributable to, among other things, growth in its export revenues and cost reductions. (Its 2013 annual report can be found here.)

Here is what is surprising about these excellent results.… Continue Reading

The Future Energy Policy of Québec: Promoting Energy Efficiency Over Security of Supply?

Posted in Biomass, Conservation, Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Hydroelectric, Power, Québec Hydro-Québec, Régie de l’énergie, Transmission, Wind
Québec

On July 4, 2013, the Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife of the Parti Québécois government in office at the time, Ms. Martine Ouellet, gave the following mandate to the Commission sur les enjeux énergétiques (hereinafter, the Commission), co-chaired by Messrs. Roger Lanoue and Normand Mousseau:

  1. Describe the current profile of the energy sector in Québec;
  2. Analyze the issues pertaining thereto;
  3. Conduct a public consultation in all regions of Québec; and
  4. Produce a report including recommendations for the next energy strategy of Québec expected in 2015.

After visiting 15 regions of Québec, hearing more than 800 people and studying 460 … Continue Reading

Historic Procurement Opportunities

Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement with Europe Dramatically Changes Public Utility Procurement

Posted in BC Hydro, Hydro-One Networks, NB Power, Ontario Power Authority, Power, Procurement, Québec Hydro-Québec

For the first time Canadian “Public Utility Companies” will have their procurement processes, evaluation methodologies and contract awards subject to international disciplines under the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (“CETA”) between Canada and the European Union.  This is a historic change because public utilities, such as Hydro Québec, BC Hydro, the Ontario Power Authority, Toronto Hydro, have previously been exempt from international standards and disciplines.  The North American Free Trade Agreement, World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement and in some cases even the Agreement on Internal Trade exempt utilities from their procurement disciplines. … Continue Reading

Québec Government and Alcoa Announce New Power Supply Agreement

Posted in Electricity, Hydroelectric, Québec Hydro-Québec, Transmission
Québec

The Government of Québec and Alcoa announced today that they have entered into a new agreement for the supply of electricity by Hydro-Québec to Alcoa’s Bécancour, Deschambault and Baie-Comeau facilities.

The agreement secures power supply to the Bécancour and Deschambault smelters until 2030 and to the Baie-Comeau plant until 2036. In consideration for an undertaking by Alcoa to maintain a certain employment level and to invest a minimum of $250 million over the next five years (including $150 million dedicated to modernizing the Baie-Comeau facility), the agreement essentially provides for an improved electricity tariff for Alcoa’s plants reflecting the current … Continue Reading

Hydro-Québec Distribution issues a call for tenders for 450 MW of wind power

Posted in Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Power, Procurement, Québec Hydro-Québec, Régie de l’énergie, Renewable Energy Approval, Wind
Québec

Hydro-Québec Distribution announced today that it has issued a call for tenders for the purchase of a block of wind power produced by facilities with an installed capacity of 450 MW, composed of 300 MW for the Bas St-Laurent and Gaspésie─Îles-de-la-Madeleine regions and 150 MW for projects across Québec.… Continue Reading

Québec’s New Regulation Regarding the Procurement of 450 MW of Wind Power

Posted in Aboriginal, Community Projects, Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Energy Partnerships, Local Distribution, Policy, Power, Procurement, Projects, Québec Hydro-Québec, Regulation, Wind
Québec

On August 28, 2013, the Québec government published a draft regulation under An Act Respecting the Régie de l’énergie setting out a framework for the procurement of an initial 450‑MW block of wind power of the previously announced 800 MW of wind power to be procured.

In summary, the core provisions of the draft regulation deal with the following:… Continue Reading

Eventful Day for Eastern Canada Electric Power Industry

Posted in Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Hydroelectric, Power, Projects, Purchase Agreements, Québec Hydro-Québec, Transmission, Wind
Québec

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

Québec’s New 800 MW Wind Power Procurement

Posted in Aboriginal, Community Projects, Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Procurement, Projects, Québec Hydro-Québec, Régie de l’énergie, Regulation, Wind
Québec

On May 10, 2013, the Premier of Québec, Pauline Marois, together with the Minister of Natural Resources, Martine Ouellet, the Minister for Regions and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, Gaétan Lelièvre, and the Minister for Tourism and Minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, Pascal Bérubé, announced Québec’s intention to secure an additional block of 800 MW of wind power capacity.… Continue Reading