To satisfy rising demand, Quebec is launching wind and renewable energy projects

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Hydro-Québec, which is a state-owned public utility, will issue two tender notices for large-scale renewable energy projects in order to fulfill rising electricity demand while staying true to the government’s environmental promises.

Premier François Legault and Jonathan Julien, who is the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources made the news while in the province’s Gaspé area on Wednesday. The government has stated that the first allocation of 1,000 megawatts is going to be set aside for wind power as well as the 2nd allocation of 1,300 megawatts will be set aside for renewable energy.

Sophie Brochu, CEO, and president of Hydro-Québec stated in a statement that the company expects Quebec’s power demand to climb 12% between 2019 and 2029. She claims that this endeavor will assist in meeting that rising need. Community participation, according to Legault, would be one of the conditions that enterprises must meet in order to fulfill the request for tenders regarding 1,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power.

“We’re taking serious steps to protect the environment and build riches with Quebec workers,” Legault said.

Currently, wind farms in Quebec generate about 4,000 megawatts. The declaration is part of the government’s ambition to cut carbon gas emissions by 37.6% from 1990 levels by 2050 and achieve carbon neutrality. In barely over four months, this is the 2nd such notification. Hydro-Québec issued two tenders totaling 780 megawatts in December to fulfill long-term electricity needs.

According to a 2020 research by the Pembina Institute, remote communities who are in Canada are still heavily reliant on diesel for heating and energy generation, burning more than 682 million gallons of diesel annually. The small Cree and Inuit settlements of Kuujjuarapik and Whapmagoostui in northern Quebec burn three million liters of this each year.

In the absence of new hydroelectric power ventures in the pipeline, Hydro-Québec has been diversifying its portfolio in recent years, focusing on wind and solar energy. It has also established a subsidiary to assist clients in improving their energy efficiency, plus it is developing large-scale batteries to store excess energy.

The $142.5 billion Québec Infrastructure Plan (QIP) for 2022-2032 is a $7.5 billion improvement over the previous plan. The QIP has grown from $100.4 billion to about $142.5 billion in four years, thanks to the Gouvernement du Québec. This boost will enable the realization of a number of high-priority infrastructure ventures in the health, education, and transportation sectors. These record spendings demonstrate how important infrastructure is to the government, both in terms of growing it and keeping it in good working order.

Sonia LeBel, who is the Minister in charge of Public Administration and Chairperson of the Conseil du trésor, revealed this ambitious proposal in the Expenditure Budget, with $75.6 billion earmarked for infrastructure upkeep. The government has been able to make choices in recent years, such as improving the quality of current facilities, some of which are growing older and in need of maintenance, and developing new infrastructure that fulfills the demands of Quebecers, thanks to prudent financial management.

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