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Quebec OK’s wind-power proposals; 15 new projects worth $5.5B, 2000 MW  

Hydro-Québec has accepted 15 bids to provide a total of 2,004 megawatts of wind-generated electricity, which will come on stream between 2011 and 2015.

The government-owned utility said Monday the average price is 10.5 cents per kilowatt-hour and the projects involve estimated capital outlays spending totalling $5.5 billion, including $1.1 billion for transmission infrastructure and transportation costs.

The contracts arise from a call for tenders issued in October 2005 seeking Quebec-generated wind power.

The outcome “ensures a supply of renewable energy at a highly competitive cost for wind power,” stated Hydro-Québec chief executive officer Thierry Vandal.

The majority of farms will be built outside of Quebec’s urban areas for the most part, will spur local economies in eight regions, the power corporation said.

All the winning bidders have promised that at least 60 per cent of the cost of each wind warm will be incurred in Quebec, and at least 30 per cent of the cost of the wind turbines must be incurred in Matane in Gaspesie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

Hydro-Québec will now draw up firm contracts with the project proponents, which must arrange environmental and municipal permits.

The projects will undergo environmental impact assessments and will be submitted to the province’s environmental public hearing board (BAPE).

The 66 bids totalled more than 7724 MW, about four times what the province was seeking.

* Montérégie: 2 proposals from Kruger Énergie et Venterre for 150 MW.

* Central Quebec: 1 proposal from Enerfin Sociedad de Energia for 100 MW.

* Chaudière-Appalaches: 2 proposals from 3CI and St-Laurent Energies for 306 MW.

* Greater Quebec City region: 3 proposals from Consortium Boralex and Société en commandite Gaz Métro (2), St-Laurent Energies (1) for 345.9 MW.

* Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean: 1 proposal from St-Laurent Énergies for 350 MW.

* Lower St-Lawrence: 4 proposals from Invenergy Wind Canada, Kruger Energie, St-Laurent Energies and B&B VDK Holdings for 606.6 MW.

* Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine: 1 proposal from Venterre for 66 MW.

* Côte-Nord/Mingamie: 1 proposal from St-Laurent Energies for 80 MW.

CBC News

5 May 2008

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