March 29, 2023
As part of the review of its decarbonization strategy for the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Hydro-Québec is indefinitely suspending the project to connect the region to the main grid by underwater cables.
Due to the current economic situation, the anticipated project costs have increased significantly. In addition, with the global energy transition well underway, suppliers are unable to meet demand, making it difficult to obtain critical equipment. In accordance with the objective to continue to decarbonize the Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, Hydro-Québec will develop other scenarios in close collaboration with the community.
Hydro-Québec would therefore like to inform participants in the Efficient Energy Use Program that the conversion of fuel-fired heating systems to electric systems is also suspended indefinitely.
Key milestones in the energy transition project
Hydro‑Québec thermal plant to meet the energy needs of the integrated health and social services centre (CISSS) (resulting in 1,555 fewer tonnes of GHG emissions every year).
Announcement of the connection of Îles‑de‑la‑Madeleine to Hydro‑Québec’s main power system through Gaspésie.
Commissioning of the Parc éolien Dune-du-Nord wind farm, which adds 6 MW of clean energy to the local Hydro-Québec grid, make it possible to save 7 million litres of fuel oil and avoid the emission of 22,000 tons of CO2 equivalent, what would be produced by about 4,800 cars.
Comparative analysis of electricity supply options for the archipelago in order to determine the best solution from an environmental, social and economic standpoint, and for reliability.
Planning for 2023
In partnership with the Municipalité des Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Hydro-Québec will also be developing a microgrid that uses other renewable energy sources, energy storage units and tools to manage buildings’ energy use.
Planning for 2027
- Connection of Îles-de-la-Madeleine to the Hydro-Québec grid and a 94.5% reduction in GHG emissions.
- The thermal power plant will be maintained to serve as a backup and to manage peaks in demand.