PRESS RELEASE: Government of Quebec issues new renewable energy RFP

Renewable energy industry commends the government for taking decisive action

Montreal, July 14, 2021The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) and the members of CanREA’s Quebec Caucus applaud the Quebec government’s decision to launch two renewable-energy procurement processes, including an RFP for 300 MW of wind energy.

Today’s announcement, delivered by the Premier and the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, is an important step in driving new investment and strengthening Quebec’s leadership in the wind-energy sector.

“CanREA is pleased with the government’s decision to move forward with these procurements,” said Brandy Giannetta, CanREA’s Vice-President of Policy, Regulatory and Government Affairs. “Wind energy will help optimize the energy mix available to Quebecers, an important step toward achieving the province’s ambitious electrification objectives.”

This announcement clearly demonstrates the importance of renewable energy in achieving net zero in Quebec. The renewable energy industry will play a key role in meeting Quebec’s energy needs both this year and for many years to come.

“CanREA’s members are looking forward to responding to these RFPs, which will leverage Quebec’s expertise within a very competitive global context,” said Giannetta.

Diversifying the energy supply will benefit consumers

This is Quebec’s second significant announcement around wind power this year. A 200 MW project was announced in February, to be joined by this new, 300 MW RFP.

The government is demonstrating, through these wind projects and RFPs, that it has confidence in the wind industry to meet the province’s growing energy needs while also helping Quebec become the “battery of northeastern North America.” While Quebec already has a strong hydroelectricity supply, there are many advantages to using different types of renewable energy to ensure both reliability and low prices.

Long-term development of the sector

The new RFPs will help advance electrification in Quebec, in alignment with the Plan for a Green Economy. The wind energy, solar energy and energy storage industries are prepared to collaborate fully to support the Government’s objectives.

CanREA and our members will continue to engage with the Government to ensure that the procurement offers advantages for all, promotes competitive prices, and promotes sustainable development in this sector.

“With these initiatives, the Quebec government is demonstrating that it’s time to take decisive action if we are to achieve net zero. We commend them on doing the right thing,” said Giannetta.

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“CanREA is pleased with the government’s decision to move forward with these procurements. Wind energy will help optimize the energy mix available to Quebecers, an important step toward achieving the province’s ambitious electrification objectives. CanREA’s members are looking forward to responding to these RFPs, which will leverage Quebec’s expertise within a very competitive global context. With these initiatives, the Quebec government is demonstrating that it’s time to take decisive action if we are to achieve net-zero. We commend them on doing the right thing.”

—Brandy Giannetta, CanREA’s Vice-President of Policy, Regulatory and Government Affairs

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