Québec’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Plan Nord, Mr. Pierre Arcand, visited Boston on February 26, 2016.
David Alward, Consul général du Canada en Nouvelle-Angleterre Pierre Arcand, ministre de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles et ministre responsable du Plan Nord Matthew Beaton, Secrétaire de l’Énergie et de l’Environnement du Massachusetts Marie-Claude Francoeur, Déléguée du Québec à Boston
He took the podium at the New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable, an important forum for the region’s electric industry. The Minister reminded the audience of Québec’s long-running expertise in, and commitment to clean energy, and gave some indications as to the province’s forthcoming new energy policy.
“The New England states and Québec have been major partners in clean energy and the fight against climate change for the last 40 years. This important relationship is established around one shared conviction: that we can develop our economies in a sustainable manner. Hydropower from Québec, a clean and reliable energy resource, is surely a resource that helps respond to this challenge. This mission afforded us the opportunity to pursue discussions with our American neighbours who wish to increase their imports of hydropower.”
During the course of the mission, Minister Arcand met with Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Mr. Matthew Beaton. The Governor of Massachusetts, Mr. Charles Baker, has proposed a bill seeking to increase hydropower’s share of the energy mix in Massachusetts. The state is in the middle of important discussions about its energy future – just as Québec is on the eve of its new energy policy.
Minister Arcand also benefited from his time in Boston through speaking with Mr. Stephen Pike, Interim CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, an agency from which Québec hopes to draw inspiration as its starts its own coordinated energy transition.
“This mission permitted Québec to position itself as a trusted partner on the issue of clean energy. In addition to making known the possibilities we offer for the electricity market, we made known our interest to collaborate more closely on matters of energy efficiency, a topic on which Massachusetts is a leader in the US”, concluded the Minister.
To listen to Minister Arcand's speech, visit the roundtable's website