Ontario to import hydroelectric power from Quebec

Canadian province Ontario has announced its intention to sign a seven-year hydroelectric power purchase deal with neighbor Quebec while repairs are made to the Darlington nuclear plant.

The agreement will reportedly have a minimum impact on Ontario‘s utility rates, though it is expected to save the province about US$750,000 and reduce a million tonnes of carbon emissions annually over the alternative, natural gas.

As part of the deal, utility Hydro Quebec has reportedly also agreed to up the stored resources in its reservoirs, giving the ability to generate 500 GWh of hydropower on-demand.

The arrangement will allow Ontario to import up to 2 TWh of hydropower per year and will not require new transmission infrastructure.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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