Hydro-Quebec to hold tenders for 2.3 GW of renewables

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

April 21 (Renewables Now) - Electric utility Hydro-Quebec will be authorised to launch calls for tenders targeting 2.3 GW of renewable energy capacity in the Canadian province of Quebec, the government announced on Wednesday.

Through the procurement process, Quebec will seek to add 1,300 MW of renewable power generation capacity, while another block of 1,000 MW is set aside for wind turbine capacity, in particular.

The proposal will be published for a 45-day consultation period in the official gazette of Quebec.

“The call for tenders for all renewable energy sources will make it possible to obtain the power sought at a very competitive price and to renew, in particular, contracts that are about to expire,” said Francois Legault, Premier of Quebec.

The tenders aim to support Quebec’s goal to lower its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 37.5% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels, and meet growing energy and power needs. The Canadian province is anticipated to face a 12% rise in electricity demand to 20 TWh by 2029.

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