In Québec, the Régie de l’énergie is responsible for the reliability of the power transmission system and issues mandates to various organizations to help it perform this duty.
Since 2006, the Régie de l’énergie has had a mandate to “ensure that electric power transmission in Québec is carried out according to the reliability standards it adopts” (CQLR, c. R-6.01., s. 85.2). To fulfill this mandate, it has been given the following powers:
The Reliability Coordinator has a double mandate:
A Code of Conduct governs the decisions and actions of the Reliability Coordinator to ensure that the reliability of the power transmission system remains the top priority under all circumstances.
The Code of Conduct also prohibits any form of preferential treatment in favor of other Hydro-Québec units, or other system users. Every year, a report is issued regarding its application:
To report any suspected violation of the Reliability Coordinator Code of Conduct, please complete the following form:
The organizations mandated by the Régie de l’énergie to develop reliability standards for Québec are the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC). NERC comprises regional councils, including NPCC, which include the main stakeholders of the North American electricity sector among their members.
The organizations mandated by the Régie de l’énergie to monitor compliance are the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC). Compliance monitoring is governed by a program in effect since April 1, 2015: