We are sorry you have this perception.
You are surely referring to the contract we have with the TCE generating station located in Bécancour. What could be seen as bad planning can actually be explained by a much more complex reality.
Québec’s power demand will significantly increase over the coming years, even if we have lots of electricity. To meet this increase, we have certain means at our disposal, including the use of the TCE generating station in Bécancour (between 100 and 300 hours of use per winter), which will allows us to buy capacity at half the price it would cost to build a new facility. In addition, using this generating station will allow us to avoid costly imports during peak periods.
Understanding the difference between power and energy.
With respect to wind power, the Québec government decided to support the development of this energy source, essentially for regional development reasons. Hydro-Québec respects this choice. Wind power is clean and renewable. Over the next few years, this industry must offer competitive costs if it is to remain an attractive option.
Questions about the future of wind power will be dealt with in the Québec government’s energy policy, which is currently being drafted, as well as in Hydro-Québec’s upcoming Strategic Plan.