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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

Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, Supreme Court of Canada decision – Highlights and impact in Quebec

Posted in Aboriginal
Québec

On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a major ruling on aboriginal title in its Nation Tsilhqot’in v. British Columbia decision.[1]

The Court recognized that the nomadic and semi-nomadic people of the Tsilhqot’in Nation in British Columbia hold the exclusive occupancy rights to a territory of more than 1,500 sq. km. in the province.

The Tsilhqot’in decision marks a turning point from 1990s jurisprudence on ancestral rights and aboriginal title. In the Van der Peet [2] case (1996), the Court established the requisite conditions for proving ancestral rights. This decision was followed in 1997 by … 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

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

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

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

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 (https://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

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

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

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

New HEC Chair in Energy Sector Management

McCarthy Tétrault partners with HEC Montréal’s new Chair in Energy Sector Management

Posted in Energy – Conventional, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Power, Project Finance
Québec

We are delighted to announce our partnership with HEC Montréal’s new Chair in Energy Sector Management, which is held by renowned expert on energy policy Professor Pierre-Olivier Pineau. The new Chair is dedicated to advancing knowledge of energy issues, with a view to  optimizing energy systems and ensuring that there are adequate energy sources to meet society’s needs. In its role as partner to the Chair, McCarthy Tétrault will contribute a total of $100,000 over a five-year period. Our very own Marc Dorion will serve on the Chair’s advisory committee.

You can find our press release is here and … 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 Publishes Final Regulation Regarding 450-MW Wind Power Block

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

The following article by Louis-Nicolas Boulanger and Richard O’Doherty may be of interest to readers of this blog:

Québec Publishes Final Regulation Regarding 450-MW Wind Power Block

On August 28, 2013, we reported that the Quebec Government had published a draft regulation under An Act Respecting the Régie de l’énergie setting out the 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. A link to this blog post can be found hereRead more.… 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

A New Energy Strategy for Québec in 2014

Posted in Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Power, Procurement, Solar, Tidal, Transmission, Wind
Québec

The Minister of Natural Resources of Québec, Martine Ouellet, announced on July 4, 2013 the creation of a new commission and the holding of public consultations with a view of developing Québec’s new energy strategy. Based on the results of the consultations to be held during the fall of 2013, the Québec Government intends to adopt a new energy strategy in 2014. The last energy strategy adopted by the Government in 2006 defined goals and action items applicable from 2006 to 2015, including the procurement of 4,000 MW of wind power generation during that period.

Among the objectives of this … Continue Reading

Québec Bill to Prohibit Certain Shale Natural Gas Exploration and Production Activities

Posted in Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Natural Gas
Québec

On May 15, 2013, the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks, Mr. Yves-François Blanchet, introduced Bill 37 in the Québec National Assembly to establish a moratorium on various activities related to shale natural gas exploration and production in the St. Lawrence lowlands.

Scope of Moratorium

The proposed moratorium would remain in effect until new rules for hydrocarbon exploration and production are adopted or for a maximum period of five years. It would apply to all drilling, fracturing and injectivity testing activities related to exploration for or production of shale gas. These activities would thus be prohibited on the … 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