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Wind set aside in Quebec confirmed, new energy board

Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec has been ordered to include a set-aside for wind in its next resource plan. Regulation of two wind quotas, ordered by Quebec's minister of natural resources, Guy Chevrette, is to be the job of the government's new Energy Board.

Canadian utility Hydro Quebec has been ordered to include a set-aside for wind in its next resource plan. Regulation of two wind quotas, ordered by Quebec's minister of natural resources, Guy Chevrette, is to be the job of the government's new Energy Board. The board was created following Quebec's public energy debate of 1995-1996 with the aim of protecting consumers during deregulation of the North American energy sector.

Following advice from the debate's consultation panel of energy experts, Chevrette proposed two wind power set-asides, which will probably be near the top of the Energy Board's agenda. "A set-aside for wind energy will make it possible to improve production costs, to encourage the emergence of a suitable industrial context and to maximise research and development spin-offs," Chevrette says.

Of the two proposals, one is a wind set-aside recommended in March 1996 by the consultation panel while the second was announced by Hydro-Quebec in October. The utility called for 25 MW of new wind capacity for each of the ten years beginning in 2000, for a cumulative total of 250 MW (Windpower Monthly, January 1997).

In addition to the wind capacity set-asides, the Energy Board will regulate the 100 MW Nordais wind plant project on the Gaspe Peninsula led by Groupe Axor Inc of Montreal with Micon of Denmark, among others.

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