Reliability Coordinator for Québec
Across North America, electricity transmission regulations are strongly interrelated. In the U.S., the Energy Policy Act sets out mandatory reliability standards and financial penalties in case of their violation. Legislators in Québec have given similar powers to the Régie de l'énergie.
In 2006, Québec's transmission system was recognized by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) as a full interconnection because it is asynchronous with neighboring systems. Québec will consequently be able to develop its own reliability standards, as needed, and these will apply in addition to the relevant North American standards. Through the Régie de l'énergie, it will also be able to ensure that all users of the Québec power system fully abide by the standards in effect in the province.
There are currently four Interconnections in North America:
NERC is a nonprofit organization created in 1968 following the Northeast Blackout of November 9, 1965. It comprises eight regional reliability councils (RRCs) covering the United States and Canada.Mandate:
The model developed by NERC [PDF] to specify the various functions needed to plan and operate the power system reliably, which is applicable in Québec.
The NPCC is one of NERC's eight RRCs that Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie is a part of. It comprises North America's northeastern power grids. It was the first RRC and was created in 1966 following the Northeast Blackout of November 9, 1965.
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