The Apuiat Wind Farm is seen as a win win project for the Innu Fist Nation and the province of Quebec.
TDS News – Today Quebec Premier François Legault, members of his cabinet along with Martin Dufour, the president and CEO of Hydro-Québec, announce a historic partnership allowing the realization of the important Apuiat wind project.
“After several months of work with the Aboriginal partners, I am very proud to present a winning project for the Innu communities: a winner for Quebec and a winner for the planet. This is excellent news for the entire wind industry, where costs have fallen significantly. This is a saving for all Quebecers, and significant royalties will be paid to local communities. With the Apuiat wind power project, we are continuing to build together a greener Quebec, a more prosperous Quebec, a more proud Quebec. ” François Legault, Premier of Quebec
This project is directly in line with the government’s vision for Quebec’s economic recovery, based on the energy transition with a view to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG). In this context, an increasing demand for electricity is to be expected, due to the deployment of the Plan for a Green Economy (PEV) as well as possible projects to export electricity to the United States and neighboring provinces. The new version of the agreement allows a reduction in the price of electricity by 17% compared to that presented in 2018.
The agreement reached involves the signing of a 30-year contract for the purchase of electricity to be produced by the Apuiat wind farm. The contract between Hydro-Québec Production and Apuiat Wind Farm SEC, a company bringing together the Innu communities and Boralex, provides that electricity will be purchased at a cost of approximately 6 ¢ / kWh. Apuiat therefore becomes the wind farm offering the most competitive cost per kilowatt hour of all contracted wind farms in Quebec.