New dams to remedy the lack of electricity, proposes the CAQ | Elections Quebec 2022

The days when François Legault, then newly prime minister, offered his Ontario counterpart Doug Ford Quebec’s electricity surpluses are long gone. The situation has changedinsisted on Tuesday the chief caquiste, who recalled that electricity would run out by 2030.

To remedy this, the outgoing Prime Minister would like to give Hydro-Quebec the mandate to study the possibility of building new dams on Quebec soil. Mr. Legault brings back here an idea already mentioned when he came to power in the fall of 2018.

Just to give you an order of magnitude, Hydro-Québec produces 200 terawatt hours per year [TWh] of electricity. […] We will need 100 TWh more in the next few years, said Mr. Legault.

It is predicted that by 2050, we will need [de l’équivalent] of half a Hydro-Quebec. »

A quote from François Legault, leader of the Coalition avenir Québec

In order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) knows that it will have to electrify all sectors of activity in the province. It will take us a lot of electricity to replace the hydrocarbonsoffered Mr. Legault.

In addition to supplying all of Quebec, Hydro-Quebec must also send electricity to neighboring states with which the Legault government has entered into agreements.

Under his leadership, Quebec obtained two of the largest electricity supply contracts in its history, namely a US$30 billion project with the State of New York and the Appalaches-Maine line, which should allow the state-owned company to import its energy to Massachusetts.

If the construction of new hydroelectric dams materializes, the head of the CAQ intends to shorten the deadlines, which are currently being evaluated. fifteen years old. The development of these major projects will be done in collaboration with the Aboriginal and Inuit communities, he added.

Asked where these new facilities could be located, Mr. Legault replied that it would be up to Hydro-Québec to assess the best places to welcome them. According to the outgoing Prime Minister, Hydro-Québec is already considering some options.

The CAQ is also focusing on energy efficiency to increase its production of clean energy. By 2030, the political party believes it can obtain at least 8 TWh by stepping up its efforts in this area. In a future term, the party would also add 3,000 megawatt hours (MW) of wind power.

In parallel with these measures, the CAQ promises to inject $40 million to finance the Energy Transition Valley project, which brings together the cities of Trois-Rivières, Shawinigan and Bécancour, in order to promote the development and manufacture of batteries for electric cars.

Mr. Legault also undertakes to increase the number of level 2 charging stations from 6,500 to 21,500, and the number of fast terminals for electric cars from 1,000 to 2,200 by 2026. In his Plan for a green economy, presented in 2020, the Legault government had set a target of 2,500 fast terminals by 2030.

A Legault government would inject $50 million to increase charging stations across the province.

More details to come.

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