Huge interest in Hydro-Quebec's tender calls for 780 MW of green power

The Roncevaux wind farm in Quebec. Source: Invenergy (www.invenergyllc.com)

August 2 (Renewables Now) - Canadian electric utility Hydro-Quebec will analyse bids totalling 4,205.3 MW in its latest calls for tenders targeting 480 MW of electricity from renewable energy sources and 300 MW of power generated by wind farms in particular.

A total of 27 projects have been submitted as part of the two separate blocks but three of them will not proceed in the competition, Hydro-Quebec said on Friday.

The 24 bids going forward include 11 proposals with a combined capacity of 2,103.6 MW filed in the call for wind power. Separately, 13 proposals totalling 2,101.6 MW will be reviewed as part of the block targeting electricity from renewable energy sources.

Power deliveries from the selected projects must start before December 1, 2026. Every contract has to be cleared by regulators.

The Canadian utility launched the two calls for tenders in December 2021. It will need a few months to assess the bids, assissted by consultancy Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

Electricity demand in Quebec is estimated to reach 20 TWh by 2029 for a 12% increase, as stated in the 2021 progress report on the Electricity Supply Plan 2020-2029, Hydro-Quebec said earlier.

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