TECHNICAL FACT SHEETS
The integration of wind power in the Quebec electricity transmission grid
In this fact sheet of July 2009, the AIEQ addresses key issues and challenges related to the integration of wind power in the Quebec electricity transmission grid without compromising its integrity and reliability.
Wind generation is considered as a source of “uncontrollable and partially predictable” energy. Hydropower production must, in addition to meeting electricity demand, respond effectively to the demands of integrating wind generation. The flexibility of the hydroelectric facilities is then put to use to balance the variations of wind and to mitigate the uncertainty of forecasts over the hours.
Possible impacts of the Buy American clause on the Quebec corporations of the electricity sector
Proposed in September 2011 by President Barack Obama, the American Jobs Act of $447 billion (U.S. currency) aims to give a boost to the U.S. economy in response to the economic downturn. In the energy sector, all the measures proposed in the American Jobs Act promote the further development of renewable energy technologies and infrastructure upgrades of electrical energy.
However, this plan contains a Buy American type of clause which restricts the ability of Canadian companies to compete in sub-central markets (states and municipalities). Under this clause, iron, steel and manufactured goods used in any construction, renovation, maintenance or repair, or public work funded under this plan for job creation must be produced in the United States.