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.
Hydro-Québec intends to carry out the project to connect Îles-de-la-Madeleine to the transmission system in close collaboration with the community. The project team will maintain ongoing communication with the population at each stage of the process.
These exchanges are invaluable. They increase our knowledge of the community and territory and give us a better understanding of residents’ needs and concerns. This collaboration enables us to work together to design the most effective and adapted solutions.
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The project team has already met with representatives from municipalities, local organizations and various provincial departments.
Meetings with fishermen, Indigenous communities and the public are ongoing and will continue so that Hydro-Québec can share information about the project and hear any concerns.