Hydro will have to choose between twenty wind projects

Hydro will have to choose between twenty wind projects


In order to meet its growing electricity needs, Hydro-Québec will be spoiled for choice and will have to choose between 24 new renewable energy acquisition projects for its network.

Last December, in a context where surpluses are rapidly shrinking, Hydro launched two calls for tenders aimed at the purchase of two separate blocks of 300 MW of electricity from wind sources and 480 MW of electricity from renewable sources.&nbsp ;

A total of 27 projects were finally submitted, but the state corporation rejected three applications. Hydro will analyze these 24 submissions totaling 4205.3 MW. 

Foreign and Quebec projects

The Canadian subsidiaries of the French group EDF stand out with seven projects submitted, particularly in the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Chaudière-Appalaches regions. 

The American energy producer Invenergy, whose shareholder majority is the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), will have four projects studied by the state corporation.  

Quebec companies, Innergex and Kruger Energy, as well as Hydro elle -even, have also tabled proposals to produce renewable energy. 

“Over the next few months, Hydro-Québec will evaluate the bids and communicate the results of the bids selected at the end of the analysis process,” said the Crown corporation. 

Delivery by 2026

Once signed, the contracts must be approved by the Régie de l'énergie, and the promoters will be responsible for obtaining the required authorizations and permits . Electricity deliveries must begin no later than December 1, 2026.

Last March, when she launched her strategic plan, Hydro-Québec boss Sophie Brochu announced new projects wind power generation to prevent Quebec from running out of water. 

A total of 3,000 MW of wind and renewable energy will be added to the network in the coming years. 

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