Hydro-Quebec Unveils Ambitious Wind Power Expansion Strategy with Indigenous Collaboration

Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec revealed a bold strategy aimed at significantly expanding wind power generation, with plans to add 10 GW of capacity by 2035. This initiative includes the development of 1 GW-plus projects in collaboration with First Nations and municipalities, marking a significant shift in approach.

According to Hydro-Quebec, these large-scale projects will involve active participation from First Nations and municipalities as partners right from the initial stages. The utility will take on the role of shareholder and oversee the overall planning and execution of the projects.

, president and CEO of Hydro-Quebec, expressed confidence in the strategy, stating, “We believe that this strategy is the best way to develop wind power in a socially acceptable way, and at the lowest possible cost.”

The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) welcomed Hydro-Quebec's plan, considering it a positive step towards collaboration. The AFNQL acknowledged the utility's commitment to involving First Nations in major wind energy projects from the outset.

Hydro-Quebec clarified that it will continue to favor tendering for smaller-scale projects, typically ranging from 300 MW to 350 MW. This dual approach underscores the company's commitment to diversifying its energy portfolio while engaging in collaborative efforts with Indigenous communities and local stakeholders.

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