Quebec delays 450MW wind RFP

Hydro-Quebec has postponed a request for proposals for 450MW of new wind generation capacity one day before bids were due to give the provincial energy board more time to review the process.

The provincial utility did not set a new deadline for submission of bids.

The country’s wind industry took the news in stride. “It’s a temporary delay. The RFP is still going ahead,” Canadian Wind Energy Association regional director for Quebec Jean-Frederick Legendre tells Recharge, adding he believes that developers will finish construction of projects on time.

Last December, the utility set a 1 December 2016 deadline for the initial 100MW of installation, with the balance due in commercial operation on 1 December 2017.

Legendre says the board, which is independent, always employs a “rigorous evaluation process” for each wind tender. This resulted in a delay for the second wind RFP in 2005.

The provincial government expects about C$1bn ($915.3m) investment to result from this RFP.

Hydro-Québec will purchase 300MW produced by wind farms located in the Bas St-Laurent and Gaspesie les-de-la-Madeleine regions, and 150 MW from others across Quebec.

The energy price including the cost of transmission plus balancing service and firming capacity, must not exceed 9 cents per kWh in 2014 dollars.  

Developers must spend a 60% minimum of project costs in Québec, including those for installation of wind turbines. At least 35% of a wind turbine’s cost must be spent in the regional county municipality of La Matanie and Gaspssie Iles-de-la-Madeleine.