Hydro-Quebec to seek further 1000 MW of wind power

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Hydro-Quebec says it will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for another 1000 MW of wind energy after receiving some prodding from the province's energy board. The utility made the announcement as part of its preliminary reaction to a report from the board on Quebec's energy future, but offered no further details, except that the RFP would be issued "without delay." The energy board called wind power "increasingly interesting" and recommended the utility boost its planned purchases to 2000-3000 MW by 2012. Hydro-Quebec recently opened bids from nine proponents in a 1000 MW request for wind proposals released more than a year ago, power it wants delivered over seven years beginning in 2006. "It is necessary to define an objective beyond the 1000 MW currently provided for," says the board. To meet a more aggressive target, it adds, there needs to be a comprehensive assessment of wind interconnection and energy management issues, work the board wants a group of industry and Hydro-Quebec experts to begin this summer. "Integrating wind production into the transmission network must be analysed in greater detail, but several solutions exist such as installation over widespread territory and the use of storage and balancing," the report says, pointing out that with a hydro reservoir storage capacity of 172 TWh, Hydro-Quebec is "very well equipped" to integrate wind into its system.

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