Canadian Energy Perspectives Developments in Energy and Power Law

Category Archives: Québec

Subscribe to Québec RSS Feed
Canadian Energy Perspectives

Quebec Releases Energy Policy’s 2017-2020 Action Plan

Posted in Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Hydro-Québec, Québec
Québec

On June 26, 2017, Québec’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Mr. Pierre Arcand, unveiled the 2017-2020 Action Plan (the “Plan”), a first step towards implementing the 2030 Energy Policy (the “Policy”). The Policy, made public in April 2016 by the Québec Government, sets forth ambitious targets aimed at reducing both Quebec’s consumption of fossil fuels and its dependency on foreign energy, thereby achieving “energetic transition”.

A year later, the Action Plan sets out 42 measures (in French only), backed by $1.5 billion public investments, providing for concrete actions which are divided in four axes: (1) integrating … Continue Reading

Québec’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Announces New Policy Directions on Social Acceptability

Posted in Québec
Québec

On January 24, 2017, the Québec Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (“MENR”) unveiled new Policy Directions (available in French only) that it will implement in order to foster social acceptability for major projects in the province (the “Policy Directions”).

While these Policy Directions do not have legal value, they will likely have an impact on the actions of the MENR in connection with oil and gas, mining, power projects in Québec, as well as industrial projects involving provincial public lands.… Continue Reading

The Quebec Government introduces the Petroleum Resources Act

Posted in Québec
Québec

On June 7, 2016, the Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Mr. Pierre Arcand (the “Minister“) introduced Bill No. 106 at the National Assembly (An Act to implement the 2030 Energy Policy and to amend various legislative provisions) (the “Bill“). Among other things, this Bill would enact the new Petroleum Resources Act in replacement of the existing provisions of the Mining Act (CQLR c M-13.1) that currently regulate hydrocarbons mining activities in the province.

This Bill had been expected for several months and would significantly modify the legal framework applicable to the development … Continue Reading

The Quebec Government introduces its Bill to Modernize the Environmental Authorization Scheme

Posted in Québec
Québec

On June 7, 2016, the Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Mr. David Heurtel (the “Minister“), introduced Bill 102[1] at the Quebec National Assembly, which aims at modernizing the environmental authorization scheme established by the Environment Quality Act. If adopted in its current form, this bill could have important repercussions on the environmental assessment procedure and on the authorization scheme of industrial projects carried out in Québec.… Continue Reading

Quebec Government Introduces Legislation Implementing its 2030 Energy Policy

Posted in Plan Nord, Québec, Régie de l’énergie, Regulation
Québec

On June 7, 2016, the Quebec Government introduced before the National Assembly Bill 106, An Act to implement the 2030 Energy Policy and to amend various legislative provisions. The 2030 Energy Policy has the principal goal of making Quebec, by 2030, a North American leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency.… 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

Bill 87: New measures to encourage whistleblowing in Quebec public bodies

Posted in Québec
Québec

The Quebec government has proposed new measures to encourage the disclosure of wrongdoing in the public sector. On December 2, 2015, Martin Coiteux, the Minister responsible for Government Administration and Ongoing Program Review and Chair of the Conseil du trésor sponsored and introduced Bill n°87: An Act to facilitate the disclosure of wrongdoings within public bodies (the “Bill”).The purpose of the legislation is to “facilitate the disclosure of wrongdoings within public bodies and to establish a protection regime against reprisals.” In brief, the Bill creates a formal regime for whistleblowing “wrongdoings” in “public bodies”.… Continue Reading

Québec’s Strategic Environmental Assessment on Hydrocarbons: HEC Montréal Releases Study on Potential Markets for Quebec’s Hydrocarbons

Posted in Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas, Québec
Québec

On October 27, 2015 HEC Montréal released a study on potential domestic and international markets for Quebec’s hydrocarbons. The release of this report constitutes one of the final milestones in the strategic environmental assessment undertaken by the Québec Government regarding its hydrocarbon action plan. The Québec Government is now expected to table a final report on its findings before the end of 2015 which could potentially lead to the adoption of a new broad-ranging bill on hydrocarbons.… 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

Québec Government Introduces its 2015-2020 Action Plan for Plan Nord

Posted in Plan Nord, Québec
Québec

On April 8, 2015, Québec’s Premier Philippe Couillard introduced his 2015-2020 action plan for the implementation of the Plan Nord. The document entitled Plan Nord toward 2035 aims at setting out the updated policy directions and priority actions which will drive the economic development of northern Québec for the coming years and contribute to relaunching Plan Nord.… Continue Reading

Québec Régie de l’Énergie Releases Opinion on Natural Gas Supply

Posted in Natural Gas, Plan Nord, Québec, Régie de l’énergie
Québec

On January 7, 2015, the Régie de l’énergie du Québec (Québec Energy Board) released its opinion on the production and transportation supply of natural gas required in order to meet the medium and long term needs of Québec consumers. This opinion was prepared at the request of the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and the Minister responsible for the Plan Nord. The opinion followed a public consultation process during which stakeholders and expert representatives made written and oral submissions to the Québec Energy Board.

In its opinion, the Board forecasts the residential, commercial, industrial and transportation demand for natural … Continue Reading

Creation of the Société du Plan Nord

Posted in Plan Nord
Québec

On December 5, 2014, the Québec National Assembly assented An Act respecting the Société du Plan Nord. The long-awaited Bill provides for the creation, organization and governance of the Société du Plan Nord whose mission will be to contribute, together with representatives of the region, local and Native communities as well as the private sector, to the integrated and coherent development of the area covered by the Northern Plan (known as well as Plan Nord), in keeping with the principle of sustainable development and in accordance with Québec’s policies relating to Plan Nord.… Continue Reading

Another Step Towards Québec’s New Energy Policy

Posted in Energy – Conventional, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Québec
Québec

On November 7, 2014, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and the Minister Responsible for the Northern Plan, Mr. Pierre Arcand, announced the beginning of a consultation process on Québec’s new energy policy set to be released in Fall 2015.

Over the next few weeks, the Government will publish four documents intended to initiate and encourage discussions on the new energy policy. The first document, entitled “Contexte, défis et vision” (“Context, Challenges and Vision”) will set out the framework for the consultation process. The other documents will tackle the issues of (i) renewable energy, (ii) efficiency and energy innovation … 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

Québec Government and Gaz Métro Partner for LNG

Posted in Liquefied Natural Gas, Plan Nord, Québec, Wind
Québec

On September 30, 2014, Québec Premier Philippe Couillard, jointly with the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and the Minister Responsible for the Northern Plan, Mr. Pierre Arcand, the Minister for Transport and the Implementation of the Maritime Strategy, Mr. Jean d’Amour, and Mrs. Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Gaz Métro, the principal distributor of natural gas in Québec, announced an investment by Investissment Québec of $50M in the share capital of the Gaz Métro subsidiary responsible for marketing liquefied natural gas (“LNG”), Gaz Métro LNG. According to the media, this investment represents a 42% stake in … Continue Reading

Quebec Introduces An Act respecting the Société du Plan Nord

Posted in Plan Nord, Québec
Québec

On September 30, 2014, the Quebec government introduced Bill 11 to create the Société du Plan Nord which will be responsible for, inter alia, the coordination of the implementation of the Plan Nord. We invite readers to see our summary of the Bill’s highlights, originally posted on our firm’s main website.

 … Continue Reading

New Government-Industry Working Group on Wind Energy Development in Québec

Posted in Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Québec, Wind
Québec

Québec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Pierre Arcand announced yesterday the creation of a Government-industry working group destined to assess the development of the provincial wind power industry.

Turbine suppliers, project developers and component manufacturers will be solicited in the coming weeks to join the 15-member task force whose aim is to find innovative solutions so as to reinforce the sector’s competitiveness. Work will be carried out in a targeted approach in order to support businesses involved in the industry with the development of their expertise and products in order to increase exports and their capacity to respond to … Continue Reading

Québec Energy Update: Government Announces its Intent to Relaunch “Small Hydro”

Posted in Québec
Québec

On May 21, 2014, Mr. Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec, presented his inaugural speech at the National Assembly (available here in French only). This was Mr. Couillard’s first inaugural speech which laid out the priorities and guiding objectives that his newly-elected government intends to follow and implement within the next four years.

Below are selected highlights from the inaugural speech that are of interest for the Québec energy sector.

Small Hydro

The Government announced its intent to relaunch the private hydroelectricity procurement program. This program involved purchases of electric power by Hydro-Québec from privately-owned 50 MW and less hydroelectric projects … Continue Reading