POSITION PAPERS/STUDIES

April 2012

AIEQ position paper supporting the development of the Rivière-du-Moulin wind farm

With the objective of consolidating and developing the industrial wind power in Quebec, the Association de l’industrie électrique du Québec (AIEQ) filed a position paper in support of the proposed wind farm Rivière-du-Moulin, which is proposed by the sponsor EDF EN Canada, through the BAPE public hearings. The AIEQ supports the implementation of the wind farm with a capacity of 350 MW, which will be located in the Réserve faunique des Laurentides and the Mars-Moulin FEZ. Commissioning will occur in two phases, in 2014 and 2015. Read more (in French only) 

 

2010

AIEQ position paper on the Montérégie wind farm

In this position paper to the Bureau d’audiences publiques en environnement (BAPE) in December 2010, the AIEQ supports the implementation of the wind farm proposed by Kruger Energy Montérégie which will be constructed on the Mercier, Saint-Constant, Saint-Isidore, St Michael and St-Rémi municipal territory.

The AIEQ emphasized the quality of the approach put forward by Kruger Energy in regard to their acceptance of the project by the target population. Since the early stages, they worked with the public and stakeholders. These meetings and discussions helped them to change their original plan taking into account the concerns and demands of the people and public.

The AIEQ also pointed out that the development of wind energy is an important economic factor for Quebec. It has already given birth to a sector that plays an increasingly important role across North America. Two cities now have new industries, i.e. Gaspé and Matane. Several vendors have also seen their market grow by the wind industry. Read more (in French only)… 

 

May 2010

Study on the electrical exports of Quebec

This study conducted in January 2009 provides a picture of the export activities of the electrical industry in Quebec and assesses certain potentials for export development.

This study identifies the medium and long term market niches to ensure that the expertise developed and installed by companies will enable them to maintain their growth in Quebec. The study states that foreign sales would increase if we take into account the growth of electricity demand in the coming years and the need to renew production facilities, transportation and distribution in Canada, the United States and Europe. Read more (in French only)…

 

November 2009

AIEQ position paper on the Quebec target reduction of GHG emissions by 2020

In this position paper to the Transport Commission in November 2009, the AIEQ supports the Quebec government’s decision to reduce GHG emissions significantly.

The AIEQ argues that despite the very good performance of Quebec regarding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in recent years, Quebec’s strategy must take into account the significant increase in GHG emissions in Canada and the United States. Quebec must become a leader in this sector.

The AIEQ also stressed the importance of putting in place a system of cap and trade of emissions that will allow companies to invest in technologies that improve energy management and reduce GHG emissions, all the while minimizing the costs involved in achieving the target. Read more (in French only)…

 

October 2009

AIEQ position paper on the Des Moulins wind farm in Thetford Mines, Kinnear’s Mills and St-Jean-de-Bréboeuf

In this position paper to the Bureau d’audiences publiques en environnement (BAPE) in October 2009, the AIEQ supports the achievement of Des Moulins wind farm. This wind farm, proposed by the promoter 3Ci, provides many economic and social benefits, especially for Thetford Mines, Kinnear’s Mills and St-Jean-de-Bréboeuf and host communities. The wind farm will also contribute to the strategy.

Wind power is unfolding in Quebec. It should increase to more than 4,000 MW in 2015. The AIEQ emphasizes the importance of continuing the efforts to ensure that the projects selected during the 2nd call for tenders by Hydro-Québec Distribution will perform as expected. Read more (in French only)…

 

January 2009

Position of the Association de l’industrie électrique du Québec

This study dated January 2009 provides a picture of the export activities of the Quebec electrical industry and assesses some potential for export development.

This study identifies the medium and long term market niches in order to ensure that the expertise developed and the companies installed here can maintain their growth from Quebec. The study states that foreign sales would increase if we take into account the growth of future electricity demand and the need to renew production facilities, transport and distribution in Canada, the United States and Europe. Read more (in French only)…

 

November 2008

AIEQ position paper on connecting the Romaine hydroelectric complex to the electricity transmission network

In this position paper to the Bureau d’audiences publiques en environnement dated May 2010, the AIEQ supports the solution of connecting the Romaine hydroelectric complex to the main power transmission network retained by the promoter.

The AIEQ demonstrates that the further development of infrastructure related to the transmission of electricity is crucial to supporting the growth of renewable energy.

The AIEQ also highlighted the quality of the environmental expertise developed in Quebec thanks in part to the development of major projects such as the Romaine. The electricity industry in Quebec has acquired worldwide acclaim for design, equipment manufacturing plants, lines positions, construction works, and in parallel, harmonious implementation of electrical infrastructure on its territory. Read more (in French only)…

 

November 2008

AIEQ position paper on the Plan d’ensemble en efficacité énergétique et nouvelles technologies presented by the Agence de l’efficacité énergétique

In this position paper presented in November 2008 to the Régie de l’énergie, the AIEQ supports the key proposals contained in the Plan d’ensemble en efficacité énergétique et nouvelles technologies introduced by the Agence de l’efficacité énergétique.

However, the AIEQ insisted on the importance of the obstacles to overcome so that energy efficiency gains in popularity. The low cost per kWh of electricity is the main obstacle.

The AIEQ also expressed serious concerns on the significant interest increase of goods and services companies operating in the electrical industry, as well as their customers, with respect to energy efficiency whereas the business and industry clients are hardly considered in this first Plan d’ensemble. Read more (in French only)…

 

July 2007

AIEQ position paper on the Regulatory Framework for Air Emissions

In this position paper presented to Environment Canada in July 2007, the AIEQ supports the federal government’s initiative to reduce from 60% to 70% GHG emissions by 2050.

However, the AIEQ argues that the Regulatory Framework for Air Emissions does not rely on an increased development of renewable energy. These are not even considered as an important solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants, nor are they included in the regulated market system trading programs proposed in this framework.

The AIEQ also reiterated that of all the compliance mechanisms proposed in the Regulatory Framework, it is the system of trading emissions (emissions intensity system for GHGs and system for cap and trade pollutants) which is more efficient and more dynamic. Read more (in French only)…

 

April 2007

AIEQ position paper on the approval of a comprehensive framework agreement between Hydro-Québec Distribution and Hydro-Québec Production

In this position paper to the Régie de l’énergie in April 2007, the AIEQ examines each term of the framework agreement between Hydro-Québec Production and Hydro-Québec Distribution to ensure balance at all times between supply and demand for electricity (energy exceeded) while providing consumers of electricity in Quebec the best conditions possible.

This framework agreement provides a two-part price formula based on certain periods when energy demand is exceeded. Read more (in French only)…

 

February 2007

AIEQ position paper on the transmission line of 1250 MW connecting Quebec and Ontario (Chénier Outaouais line)

In this position paper to the Régie de l’énergie in February 2007, the AIEQ supports the 1250 MW transmission line connecting Quebec and Ontario.

The AIEQ supports neighboring electricity markets with needs and opportunities for Quebec. The construction of a new transmission line to power a new interconnection with Ontario is a key element of the development of renewable energies.

 

April 2006

AIEQ position paper on the Eastmain 1-A and Rupert Diversion Project

In this position paper to the Federal Panel Review and COMEX in April 2006, the AIEQ supports the implementation of the hydroelectric complex Eastmain 1-A and Rupert River diversion.

The AIEQ argues that to avoid a short-sighted vulnerability and dependence due to external markets, to ensure the security of electricity supply, to maintain some control over its supply costs and finally to minimize the impact on the environment, Quebec must continue to develop and implement the hydroelectric complex Eastmain 1-A and Rupert River diversion. Read more (in French only)…