Quebec seeking 800 MW of wind projects

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois said May 10 that the government is pursuing the development of wind energy in Quebec with the allocation of 800 MW of new projects.

The official news release, however, did not specify a date when the new purchases would begin.

Marois made the announcement accompanied by regional and natural resource government officials.

“The government believes in the future of wind energy in Quebec. This block will generate nearly $2 billion investment. It will also maintain hundreds of manufacturing jobs in the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine and the Lower St. Lawrence, and for several years,” said Prime Minister Marois.

This block of 800 MW is divided into four parts: The first 150 MW for a project grouping Mi’gmawei Mawiomi or three Listuguj, Gesgapegiag Gespeg and a block of 300 MW awarded through competitive bidding for projects in the Gaspésie and Bas-Saint-Laurent, 200 MW Hydro-Québec Production and eventually 150 MW allocated through competitive bidding for projects across Quebec.

Tenders will target projects initiated by local communities or cooperatives, in partnership with private developers.

Quebec has been working to develop its wind turbine industry since 2003.

“With this new allocation of 800 MW, the Government confirms its commitment and support to the wind industry,” said Pauline Marois.

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