Ontario closes the door to a new electricity supply

L’Ontario ferme la porte à un nouvel approvisionnement en électricité

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Hydro-Québec exported in 2018 a total of 36.1 TWh, a summit, with a share of 19% went to Ontario.

While the office of the premier of ontario seems to be closing the door to a new supply of electricity with the province of Quebec, Hydro-Quebec says it is still open to increase the exchange, all the more that the interconnections already in place would be able to pass twice as much current.

On interconnects that provide for deliveries a maximum of 14 TWh to Ontario, the export of Hydro-Quebec to the neighboring province last year reached to 6.9 TWh, according to the annual report released last week.

The prime minister François Legault has referred to the fall of 2018 with the idea of building more production capacity by anchoring it to the exports from the company’s customers and State, such as Ontario, which will have to renovate its nuclear power plants over the next few years.

According to Radio-Canada, the ontario minister of Energy stated last week that he did not intend to discuss with Hydro-Québec. A spokesman for the prime minister-Doug Ford is to reinforce this position Monday, saying the public broadcaster than Ontario is, in fact, in a situation of surplus electricity.

“Kathleen Wynne and the liberals have left Ontario with a mess. Ontario has a surplus of electricity that we sell at a loss to competitors such as Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, ” said the spokesman for Mr. Ford, Simon Jefferies, in a statement he forwarded to the Duty.

The team of Doug Ford promised in the election campaign not to sign any new supply agreement, he added. “We have no intention to go forward with this proposal in Quebec for the moment, because it is not of any benefit to the people of Ontario. “

“We are open to increase our trade,” said Monday a spokesman for Hydro-Québec, Lynn St-Laurent. “It is available. In fact, one of the benefits with the province of Ontario, it is the interconnections, the available capacity is 14 TWh. “Not only do these interconnections allow to deliver two times more than the total of last year, but” it was the energy available, ” she said. “To meet Ontario’s needs, there is certainly a partner that is just on the other side of the border. “

19%

It is the rate of export of Hydro-Quebec to Ontario in 2018, a total of 36.1 TWh, a summit.

At the time when they were in power, Philippe Couillard and Kathleen Wynne have announced that in 2016 an agreement of seven years and providing for annual sales of 2 TWh is imported to the ” moments targeted where natural gas would otherwise have been used “. It was felt that this agreement would apply to Hydro-Québec revenues of approximately $ 100 million per year. On the Ontario side, this should help to reduce the use of power plants running on natural gas, and therefore reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the ontario minister of Energy of the time, 2 TWh would supply power during a year a city the size of Kitchener, which, with its 230,000 inhabitants, is comparable in Longueuil. Ontario was also counting on the prospect to be able to save 70 million dollars per year.

All in all, Hydro-Québec exported in 2018 a total of 36.1 TWh, a summit, with a share of 19 % went to Ontario. The largest customer outside of Quebec is without a doubt the New-England, at 47 %, followed by the State of New York to 24 %. New Brunswick accounted for 7 % of sales outside Québec. These exports contributed 17 % of the annual income of Hydro-Québec, but 23 % of the net earnings of the corporation.

In addition, Hydro-Québec last year signed an agreement with the Massachusetts providing for the delivery of 9,45 TWh per year from 2022, for 20 years. Led by Eric Martel from 2015, the corporation aims to double its turnover by 2030.

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