Three leading Canadian energy companies have announced a plan to develop 1,200 MW of wind projects in Québec.
The partners include hydropower and transmission builder Hydro-Québec; Énergir, the largest natural gas distributor in Québec and parent company of Green Mountain Power in Vermont; and Boralex, an onshore wind power developer with projects in Canada, France, U.S., and U.K.
Under the plan, each partner would develop 400 MW of wind power on the Seigneurie de Beaupré territory in Québec, which is the single largest private territory in Canada. The territory is near a 315 kV high voltage electricity transmission line, making the area ideal for wind project development. Énergir and Boralex are partners on the existing 364 MW Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms.
Under terms of the agreement, energy generated by the wind projects would be procured by Hydro-Québec through power purchase agreements. The total investments of the three projects is expected to reach C$3 billion ($2.37 billion), though whether each project will be completed will depend on Hydro-Québec’s needs, according to a press release.
The partners are proposing three projects:
• Des Neiges Wind Farm – South, in the RCM of La Côte-de-Beaupré (400 MW)
• Des Neiges Wind Farm – Charlevoix, in the RCM of Charlevoix (400 MW)
• Des Neiges Wind Farm – West, in the RCM of La Côte-de-Beaupré and potentially in the
municipality of Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury in the RCM of La Jacques-Cartier (400 MW)
The projects would be located close to the existing Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms.