“There will be no project as long as Hydro-Québec is in a surplus position,” Legault told a news conference, where he was joined by Minister of Energy Jonatan Julien and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Sylvie D’Amours. The premier said the Apuiat contract would have represented a “potential cost” of $1.6 billion for Hydro-Québec, which estimates it has about 20 years’ worth of surplus energy.
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CAQ party members say the $600-million project will come at the expense of Hydro-Québec customers — and it may not be worth the reward at a time when the province has an energy surplus. ...Hydro-Québec says wind energy costs 10 cents per kilowatt hour, whereas other systems can produce electricity for as little as 2.9 cents per kilowatt hour. By 2026, it is estimated that Hydro-Québec will have nine to 13 billion kilowatt hours of surplus electricity per year.
A wind farm project planned for the North Shore of Quebec is putting the provincial government at odds with Hydro Quebec. The Innu first nation that lives in the region between Baie Comeau and Sept Iles has been promoting the Apuiat wind turbine project for several years.
Joane McDermott, the spokeswoman of opposition group le Vent tourne, said it doesn't matter whether the promoter is aboriginal, British or otherwise — they don't want the windmills in the area. "We don't want a wind project on agricultural land. We don't want them near houses. We also don't want this surplus of electricity that will cost Quebec a fortune," McDermott said.
Quebec’s wind industry is encountering strong headwinds ...Hydro-Quebec is forecasting an oversupply of electricity through 2027. Furthermore, the government-owned utility has linked rising prices in the province to wind energy. In its 2015-2016 rate application request, Hydro-Quebec noted that “the cost of new electricity supplies, mainly wind power” was primarily responsible for its 3.9% requested rate increase.
The Quebec government has postponed a request for proposals (RFP) calling for 450 MW of installed wind capacity for eastern Quebec and other parts of the province. A replacement date has not been announced.