In its Decision D-2007-95 rendered August 14, 2007, the Régie de l’énergie designated the Direction – Contrôle des mouvements d’énergie (CME) of Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie as the Reliability Coordinator for Québec. In Decisions D-2010-106 and D-2011-132, the Régie approved successive amendments to the reliability coordinator’s designation.
This nomination was the first step in implementing a new regime of mandatory reliability standards in Québec, pursuant to the Québec government's adoption of Bill 52 amending the Act respecting the Régie de l'énergie. Under the new framework, the Régie now has watchdog powers over the application of mandatory transmission system reliability standards, including the power to designate the reliability coordinator for Québec, which is responsible for:
The Régie has jurisdiction to approve reliability standards that the Reliability Coordinator considers essential to ensure Québec footprint’s area reliability within the parameters set by Bill 46. The reliability standards that the Reliability Coordinator files with the Régie are North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards and only apply to the entities in the Registry (in French only) [PDF – 1.67 Mb] of entities subject to NERC standards.
The reliability coordinator must submit to the Régie guidelines describing criteria to be taken into account in determining sanctions for violation to reliability standards and a table of applicable penalties.