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
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
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