The Regulation respecting a 450-megawatt block of wind
energy1 was published by the Quebec Government on
November 13, 2013. It provides for the general specifications and
requirements that must be met by companies who wish to tender on
the 450 MW wind energy projects, for which a portion of 300MW will
be reserved for the Bas-Saint-Laurent and
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine regions. This Regulation
is accompanied with Order in Council no. 1150-2013,2
which specifies the provincial and regional content rules
applicable for the projects.
A total of 450 MW will be open to wind power suppliers for the
purpose of a tender solicitation by Hydro-Québec, within the
following time frames:
100 megawatts no later than December 1,
350 megawatts no later than December 1,
The price per kWh has been set at 9.0¢ in
2014 dollars, adjusted on a yearly basis according to the Consumer
Price Index (CPI), which represents a significant decrease compared
to previous tender solicitations released by the Government.
Hydro-Québec will have to publish a call for tenders by
December 31, 2013.
As with previous wind power calls for tenders, the Government
has set local and regional content rules to the effect that certain
percentages of the "global costs" of a project must
result in economic spin-offs in Quebec in terms of jobs and
The Government of Quebec has set local and regional
percentages similar to those it has fixed in the past:
A minimum of 60% of the global costs of the
wind farm, including costs related to the installation of wind
turbines, must be incurred in Quebec. Extra points will be awarded
in the selection process to tenderers who can propose higher
For regional costs (MRC of Matanie and
35% of manufacturing expenses and investments will
need to be spent by the tenderer, excluding wind turbine
In addition to cost percentages, the Quebec Government has
added that the local environment must hold a participation of 50%
or more in terms of project control.
To this effect, a resolution must be adopted by the local
environment approving the wind power supplier's project, which
may be composed of a regional county municipality, a local
municipality, a Native community, an intermunicipal board or a
cooperative the majority of whose members have their domicile in
the administrative region where the project will take place.
In addition, successful project promoters will have to pay an
annual sum of $5,000 per MW to the regional county municipality
(MRC), municipality or First Nation Community where such MWs are
In the choosing of the winning tenderer, Hydro-Québec
will give significant weight on strategic
components, including electric converters, generators,
control system, braking systems and speed multipliers, in a way to
promote innovation by inciting wind turbine manufacturers
associated with the promoter to produce strategic components whose
value added exceeds that of wind turbine parts currently being
manufactured in Quebec.
Additional guidance and further rules will be provided by the
call for tenders documents to be released this month or within the
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