Sep 12 (Renewables Now) - Hydro-Quebec has submitted two proposals in response to a big clean energy procurement effort by the state of New York.
The electricity supplier, which is owned by the government of the Canadian province of Quebec, offers to upgrade an existing interconnection or a new transmission infrastructure project. The bids are in response to a large-scale renewables request for proposals issued by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) in June for the procurement of at least 1 TWh.
The upgrade proposal will allow Hydro-Quebec to deliver an additional 700 GWh per year into New York. The second proposal, for a new or expanded interconnection into New York from Quebec, would see Hydro-Quebec provide between 5.8 TWh and 8.3 TWh of hydroelectricity per year.
The NYPA solicitation is part of what was described in June as the "largest clean energy procurement by a state in US history." A complementary solicitation by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) seeks 1.5 TWh of electricity from renewable energy sources. New York has an ambitious goal of 50% of electricity from renewables by 2030.
Hydro-Quebec has 27 reservoirs with a capacity to store a total of 176 TWh, which, the utility noted, can support the deployment of intermittent renewables such as wind and solar.