Quebec and Ontario Sign
an Historic Agreement for Construction of a New
Nov 14, 2006 Ontario Ministry
Pierre Corbeil, Québec's Minister
of Natural Resources and Wildlife, and the Honourable
Dwight Duncan, Ontario's Minister of Energy,
held a teleconference earlier today to announce
the signing of an agreement between Hydro-Québec
TransÉnergie and Hydro One Networks for the construction
of a new 1,250 MW Québec-Ontario interconnection.
The Honourable Madeleine Meilleur,
MPP for Ottawa-Vanier, Minister of Community and
Social Services and Minister Responsible for Francophone
Affairs, along with Benoît Pelletier, MNA for Chapleau,
Minister for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs
and Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Region,
and Norman MacMillan, the Chief Government Whip
and MNA for Papineau, also attended the meeting.
"As stipulated in Québec's Energy
Strategy, and thanks to the flexibility that our
Government is striving to restore, Québec will be
able to meet its own energy needs, create wealth
and take advantage of export opportunities," said
Minister Corbeil. "Ontario, for its part, wants
guaranteed access to clean energy sources in order
to meet its electricity needs. The agreement for
the construction of an interconnection between the
two provinces is therefore extremely meaningful."
"The project will help meet the needs
of more than 400,000 average homes in Ontario,"
said Minister Duncan. "By modernizing and strengthening
the province's transmission lines, we can
be sure of always having enough electricity to meet
the demand. Under the new agreement, Ontario will
have access to a form of energy produced without
greenhouse gas emissions, and will also improve
By exporting energy that is surplus
to requirements, Québec will obtain additional revenues
for the Generations Fund and help pay down the debt
for future generations. Exports will also help reduce
greenhouse gas emissions, since the clean, renewable
energy from Québec will replace fossil fuel sources.
"This new agreement clearly illustrates the ties
that bind Québec and Ontario," said Minister Pelletier.
"Not only is it of interest in terms of cooperation
and environmental conservation, but it also illustrates
the effectiveness of the agreements signed by our
two governments last June."
"In its Energy Strategy, the Québec
Government clearly states its desire to increase
the volume of transactions between Québec and Ontario,"
said Minister Corbeil. "The proposed interconnection
will not only allow Hydro-Québec Production to export
its surplus energy to Ontario, it will also improve
local load reliability by providing access to an
additional supply source."
The project will generate investments
totalling $684 million for Québec and $124 million
for Ontario. It will add an important new connection
between the two grids, as well as fostering exchanges
of energy and enhancing the overall supply security
of Québec's grid.
"The new connection will produce direct
spin-offs for our region," said Mr.Macmillan.
"I congratulate all the parties for signing an agreement
that meets shared goals."
The first phase of the project -
the new connection with Ontario - will come
into service on May 1, 2009, and will have a capacity
of 900 MW. The second phase - the addition
of a reinforcement line - will be brought
into service in the spring of 2010, and will increase
the connection's capacity to 1,250 MW.
The line will be built in the Outaouais region of
Quebec and runs through the Cumberland area on the
east side of Ottawa in Ontario ..
"The project will have some significant
positive impacts, in both Ontario and Québec," said
Minister Meilleur. " It is a perfect example of
how our governments are working closely together
on behalf of consumers and future generations in