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.