Hydroelectricity: distrust of the Romaine complex improvement project

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Hydroelectricity: mistrust of the Romaine complex improvement project

By 2050, Hydro-Québec will have to increase its electricity deliveries by 50% in anticipation of growing electricity demand, or 100 terawatt hours (TWh) more .

The elected officials of the Côte-Nord and certain candidates in the riding of Duplessis are suspicious of the project to improve the productivity of the Romaine complex proposed by the outgoing Premier and leader of the Coalition avenir Quebec (CAQ), François Legault.

François Legault on Friday launched the idea of ​​increasing the hydroelectricity production of the Romaine complex, to achieve the objective carbon neutrality by 2050.

Hydro-Québec will have to increase its electricity deliveries by 50% in anticipation of growing electricity demand, or 100 terawatt hours (TWh) more, according to the 2022-2026 strategic plan filed last March by Hydro-Québec.

Hydro-Québec refused our interview requests considering the current electoral context.

For the prefect of the MRC de Minganie, Luc Noël, the possibility of improving the production of the Romaine complex cannot be ruled out. However, he hopes that this announcement is not a tactic to build a dam on the Magpie.

The Warden of the MRC of Minganie, Luc Noël, hopes that this announcement is not a tactic to build a dam on the Magpie (archives).

If Mr. Legault decides to redo other work on the Romaine complex, we are always ready to listen to the offers that Hydro-Québec and the government will make to us. Except that on the Magpie, it's an end of inadmissibility on our part, he recalls.

“La Romaine, c' is a dam that brings us royalties, it's a dam that we are ready to renegotiate, but we are not ready to sacrifice the Magpie.

— Luc Noel, Prefect of the MRC de la Minganie

For his part, the head of the Innu Council of Ekuanitshit, Jean-Charles Piétacho, shares Mr. Noel's concern regarding the Magpie River, but also remains open to negotiations for François Legault's project. /p>

For her part, the candidate of Québec Solidaire in the riding of Duplessis and Innu of Ekuanitshit, Uapukun Mestokosho, disagrees with the idea of ​​improving or adding new hydroelectric dams. I think it's a lack of respect for indigenous peoples and our people. We live in a climate emergency, so we must not destroy nature, we must protect it even more, she says.

The Québec Solidaire candidate in the riding of Duplessis, Uapukun Mestokosho, proposes instead to ask Quebecers to reduce their electricity consumption.

Moreover, the solidarity candidate pushes further her reflection on hydroelectric dams. One of my dreams would be that all the dams that have been built on the rivers would be destroyed to let the rivers flow naturally, as they should, adds Ms. Mestokosho.

Although the head of the CAQ maintains that solar and wind energy cannot be enough to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050, Mr. Noel is keen to highlight the wind potential of the North Shore.

At the top of the Romaine-3 power plant, there are wind sites which are there and which are known to the government. There are studies that have been done, so there would definitely be a nice wind project to do there, says Luc Noel.

For his part, Uapukun Mestokosho rather believes in a change in the lifestyle of Quebecers. It is our way of life that must be changed and all the overconsumption that we do. This is especially where we need to make changes to reduce our electricity consumption, she concludes.

For her part, the Parti Québécois (PQ) candidate in the riding of Duplessis, Marilou Vanier, did not wish to comment before hearing the opinion of people in the area.

With information from Lambert Gagne-Coulombe

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