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Québec authorizes Hydro-Québec’s proposed Appalaches-Maine interconnection line

Québec City, April 14, 2021 – Jonatan Julien, Québec’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Côte-Nord and Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine Regions, and Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Minister Responsible for the Fight Against Racism and Minister Responsible for the Laval Region, are pleased to announce that the Québec Government has authorized Hydro-Québec to proceed with the proposed Appalaches-Maine interconnection line in the territories of the Appalaches and Granit regional county municipalities (RCMs). The order-in-council authorizing the project was adopted by the Cabinet on April 7 last. The project has already been subjected to the environmental assessment procedure led by the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE), and the report was published last December.
 
The order issued by the Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques is a crucial step in the completion of the large-scale Appalaches-Maine interconnection line. In moving forward, the Québec Government has consolidated its status as the green battery of northeastern North America. Electrification is a core element of the Plan for a Green Economy, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and serving as a major economic lever for Québec.
 
The purpose of the new interconnection line is to increase the exchange capacity between Québec and New England. The new line will connect to the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission line to be built in the State of Maine. The project will allow Hydro-Québec to increase its electricity exports, for the benefit of Québecers. It will also play a role in the effort to fight climate change, by providing renewable energy to the States of Maine and Massachusetts.
 
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“The Government’s authorization is a major step forward not only for the project but also in positioning Québec as the green battery of northeastern North America. More than ever before, we must use our renewable energy and wealth of resources to set Québec on the road to economic recovery.”
 
Jonatan Julien, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Côte-Nord and Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine Regions
 
“Electrification is a core element of the 2030 Plan for a Green Economy. With the proposed Appalaches-Main interconnection line, the Québec Government will assist its southern neighbours with the fight against climate change. I am proud that the vast potential of Québec is part of the solution to help reduce our carbon footprint.”
 
Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Minister Responsible for the Fight Against Racism and Minister Responsible for the Laval Region
 
Highlights
  • The construction or relocation of an electricity transmission and distribution line of 315 kV or more, over a distance of more than 2 kilometres, is subject to the environmental impact assessment and review procedure, after which the Government makes its decision.
  • In this case, the project will have to comply with certain conditions, including mitigation and compensation measures to reduce its impacts.
  • The new equipment is scheduled to be commissioned in 2023. 

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SOURCE :

Elizabeth Lemay
Media Officer
Office of the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Côte-Nord and Gaspésie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine Regions
Tel.: 514 882-5645
 
Geneviève Richard
Media Officer
Office of the Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Minister Responsible for the Fight Against Racism and Minister Responsible for the Laval Region
Tel.: 418 952-6352

INFORMATION :

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Media Relations
Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
Tél.: 418 521-3991

 

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