By Renée Francoeur
June 14, 2016 – Hydro-Quebec says it will be seeking to attract more data centres to the province. The decision aligns with one of the objectives outlined in its Strategic Plan 2016‑2020, the utility says, namely to lay the groundwork to double the company’s revenue over the next 15 years.
“The global data centre market is rapidly growing and we have what it takes to be at the forefront of this trend. We have clean, available energy, very competitive rates and a climate that enables reduced energy consumption,” said Éric Martel, president and CEO of Hydro-Quebec.
Specifically, the company says it will offer investors:
• Competitive rates, including the Economic Development Rate (EDR),
• A portfolio of appropriate sites, representing over 25 million sf and located in strategic areas;
• Support to get projects up and running quickly;
• Energy efficiency expertise to help reduce energy consumption.
Microsoft, Ericsson, Amazon and OVH are some examples of the companies that have most recently invested in Quebec to set up their data centre.
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