Hydro-Québec Distribution announced today that it has
issued a call for tenders for the purchase of a block of wind power
produced by facilities with an installed capacity of 450 MW,
composed of 300 MW for the Bas St-Laurent and
Gaspésie─Îles-de-la-Madeleine regions and 150 MW
for projects across Québec.
A link to Hydro-Québec's press release can be
found here (in French) and here (in English).
The call for tenders document, the registration form for
the pre-bid conference, the registration form for call for
tenders and the bid form are available on Hydro-Québec
Distribution's Web site in English and French.
This call for tenders follows the previous publications
by the Government of Québec of draft and final
regulations pertaining to such wind power procurement. You can
read our previous posts on this matter here and here.
Hydro-Québec specified that the projects will be linked
to Hydro-Québec's grid within the following
100 MW no later than December 1, 2016;
350 MW no later than December 1, 2017.
As previously announced, the energy price, to which must be
added the cost of transmission and the cost of balancing service
and firming capacity, must not exceed 9.0 cents/kWh in 2014
dollars. The contracts will be approved by the Régie de
It should also be noted that the projects will have to include
regional and Québec content:
a minimum of 60% of total project costs must be spent in
Québec, including costs for the installation of wind
a minimum of 35% of wind turbine costs must be allocated to the
regional county municipality of La Matanie and the administrative
region of Gaspésie─Îles-de-la-Madeleine.
Here are some important dates from the schedule shown in the
call for tenders document:
pre-bid conference dates for potential bidders:
session in Montréal (in French): February 11, 2014 at
session in Montreal (in English): February 11, 2014 at
session in Québec city (in French): February 13, 2014 at
bid submission deadline: September 3, 2014 at 4 p.m (Montreal
opening of bids: September 4, 2014.
We will review the provisions of the bid document and ancillary
documentation over the coming weeks and will report back with a
In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact our energy experts
to assist you and your business in connection with this important
development in the wind energy industry, including to discuss and
identify the opportunities which may arise in connection with the
proposed wind power procurement.
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