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Hydro-Quebec files strategic plan 2009-2013


August 23, 2009
By Anthony Capkun

Hydro-Québec’s recently filed Strategic Plan for 2009-2013, says the utility, features energy efficiency, the development of renewable energies and technological innovation. Hydro-Québec will invest $25 billion in the province over a five-year period.

“Hydro-Québec will continue to develop major hydroelectric projects
such as Romaine and Petit-Mécatina, in addition to bringing 4000 MW of
wind power onto the grid,” said Thierry Vandal, Hydro-Québec’s
president and CEO. Substantial investments in the transmission and
distribution grids are also expected. “Grid technology will evolve
considerably over the coming years,” Vandal added.

Hydro-Québec Production will invest $10.4 billion and increase its
hydroelectric generating capacity by 1000 MW by 2013 as a result of the
Eastmain-1-A/Sarcelle/Rupert project. The Romaine project will add a
further 1550 MW by 2020. The division will also continue work on the
draft design of the 1200MW Petit-Mécatina complex. In addition,
Hydro-Québec Production plans to develop a portfolio of 3500MW as part
of the Québec government’s Northern Plan, including 3000 MW in major
hydropower projects; these projects will be presented in a future
Strategic Plan.

Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie will make investments totalling $7.8 billion.
The division will carry out large projects to integrate new wind power
capacity, develop the transmission system and ensure its long-term
operability, and build a new interconnection with New England. By 2015,
nearly 4000MW of wind power will be available.

Between now and 2013, Hydro-Québec Distribution will invest $6.2
billion in its grid and in energy efficiency, including $1.7 billion
under the Energy Efficiency Plan.

Hydro-Québec will implement a plan to support transportation
electrification. This plan is aimed at providing financial support for
the development of infrastructure for public transit, developing and
marketing advanced technologies, test-driving electric vehicles and
experimenting with their integration into the power grid, and planning
infrastructure for vehicle charging.

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