Hydro-Quebec Distribution calls for bids on wind power

Montreal, Quebec, Nov. 2, 2005 — Hydro-Quebec Distribution is issuing a call for tenders for the purchase of 2,000 MW of wind power generated in Quebec to meet the long-term electricity needs of Quebec customers.

Deliveries must begin between Dec. 1, 2009 and Dec. 1, 2013. The quantities of power required are distributed over that time at a rate of 300 to 450 MW per year.

A bid may deal with all or a portion of an annual requested quantity. The terms of the contracts may vary between fifteen and twenty-five years and are subject to approval by the Regie de l’energie.

Projects must have a minimum of 60 percent of the total cost of each wind farm incurred in Quebec as well as 30 percent of turbine costs incurred in a region defined as the regional county municipality of Matane and the administrative region of Gaspesie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine, said a recent press release.

In addition, projects that contribute to the development and participation of local communities and Native communities will be encouraged.

Including today’s call for tenders for 2,000 MW, Quebec should have a total installed wind power capacity of nearly 3,500 MW by 2014. Together, these wind power projects represent capital investments of approximately $5 billion in Quebec.

Pre-bid conferences will be held for potential bidders in French (Jan. 26, 2006) and in English (Jan. 27, 2006). The deadline for submission of bids will be April 17, 2007.

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