Powering the Empire state with Clean Energy – Hydro-Québec offers New York a firm, renewable energy commitment

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In June 2017, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) issued a Large Scale Renewables Request For Proposals (Q17-6164MH) for the procurement of 1 million MWh (1 TWh) or more to support the development of the state’s power infrastructure and large-scale, cost-effective renewable projects.

Hydro-Québec is submitting two options for consideration by NYPA:

  • Optimizing Existing Infrastructure for Clean Energy Progress
    Hydro-Québec can increase deliveries into New York through a transmission infrastructure enhancement project. By upgrading an existing interconnection, Hydro-Québec can provide an additional 700 gigawatthours (GWh) per year of reliable, renewable energy deliveries.
  • New Transmission infrastructure : A great leap towards New York’s Fifty by Thirty Goal
    Hydro-Québec proposes to deliver large volumes of hydroelectricity —5.8 to 8.3 terawatthours (TWh) per year— over a major new or expanded interconnection into New York from Québec. The company would also cooperate with US developers in the design of the transmission infrastructure needed in New York and construct the corresponding transmission facilities needed in Québec. New York is working to achieve a 50% increase in its use of renewable energy by 2030. Through its firm, around-the-clock deliveries of hydropower, Hydro-Québec could thus be a major part of the solution in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring a secure electricity supply for New Yorkers.

Achieving a long-term clean energy future for New York

Hydro-Québec has been providing clean, robust power to New Yorkers for over a century. Enhancing grid integration, through new or expanded transmission facilities, will improve reliability and cost-effectiveness in New York for decades to come. Interconnected electricity markets are more efficient, using power generated from a range of resources over a broad geographic area. These features lower the cost of producing and managing electricity for the region.

Hydro-Québec: the battery of North America

Québec’s hydropower generating fleet is supported by a system of 62 power stations, whose 27 reservoirs allow water to accumulate for future use or to be dispatched to meet real-time changes in consumer demand. Our reservoir storage capacity totals 176 TWh – more than enough electricity to supply New York State for an entire year. This unique characteristic can enable the deployment of intermittent sources of clean energy, such as wind or solar. Hydro-Québec may also assist New York in integrating hydropower with other renewable sources.

New York is at the vanguard of clean energy policy initiatives and is set to significantly cut GHG emissions over the next decade,” concluded Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec. “As North America’s largest supplier of clean energy and a decades-long regional partner, we can offer the reliability, flexibility and strength of our hydropower system in developing solutions to meet New York’s clean energy goals.”

SOURCE Hydro-Québec

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About the Author: Sidney Martin

Sidney Marin Is a researcher and law student at York University (TORONTO). He has worked as the Director of the Graduate Lawyering Program. He worked for American law firms in Moscow, Russia for three years. Hegraduated from Columbia Law School, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and Harvard College. He research interest is in human rights and health law, with a particular focus on the law and policy of vaccination.