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Hydro-Quebec Distribution has issued a call for tenders for the purchase of a 450 MW block of wind power, composed of 300 MW for the Bas St-Laurent and Gaspesie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine regions and 150 MW for projects across Quebec.

The 450 MW block is part of Quebec's previously announced plan to acquire an additional 800 MW of wind, and the provincial government recently published the final regulation ordering Hydro-Quebec to make this call for tenders by year-end.

According to Hydro-Quebec, the projects will be linked to its main network within the following timeframes: 100 MW not later than Dec. 1, 2016, and 350 MW not later than Dec. 1, 2017. The energy price, including the cost of transmission and the cost of balancing service and firming capacity, must not exceed C0.09/kWh in 2014 dollars.

In addition, Hydro-Quebec notes the projects will have to include regional and Quebec content: A minimum of 60% of total project costs must be spent in Quebec, including costs for the installation of wind turbines; and a minimum of 35% of wind turbine costs must be allocated to the regional county municipality of La Matanie and the administrative region of Gaspesie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine.

Hydro-Quebec has mandated the firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and Cie to assist in the tendering process and to act as its official representative.







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