Hydro-Québec seeks wind integration, wind generation bids

Hydro-Québec Distribution said July 17 that it has issued a call for tenders for the purchase of wind power integration service for all wind farms under contract.

Given the intermittent nature of wind power, such a service is required in order to balance wind generation on Hydro-Québec’s transmission grid, in real-time, the Canadian utility added. The wind power integration service required in this call for tenders is comprised of a balancing service to guarantee wind energy deliveries as well as additional firm capacity during winter months, from December 1 to March 31. The contracts will cover a three-year period from the commencement date of deliveries. Balancing services must be supplied by Oct. 1, 2016.

This call for tenders is open to all interested bidders. The wind power integration service can be rendered by more than one supplier and must come from an existing generation facility located in Québec. The deadline for submitting bids is Oct. 6.

Hydro-Québec said it has retained the services of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton to assist in the tendering process, analyze received bids and to act as its official representative.

In the meantime, Hydro-Québec announced on July 13 that it held an information session that day about the launch of a request for proposals to build a wind farm with a capacity of 6 MW in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. The farm’s capacity will be integrated into the off-grid system of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. The community will be directly involved in the project.

Hydro-Québec said it will initiate a series of requests for proposals to meet the needs of off-grid systems. The objective is to reduce the overall cost of electricity generation as well as its environmental footprint. For the Îles-de-la-Madeleine project, Hydro-Québec will look for a promoter who will develop, build and operate the wind farm, use proven technology, and enter into a 20-year electricity supply contract. Electricity delivery is planned for fall 2018. The request for proposals is expected to be launched in September 2015. The terms and conditions will be specified at that time.

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