Nathalie Normandeau, Deputy Premier of Québec, Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister Responsible for the Northern Plan, was in Albany on March 14-15 to promote Québec hydroelectricity as a clean, renewable and safe energy source. Her visit was part of the Government of Québec’s US strategy, which aims in part to ensure Québec’s leadership role in the energy field.
“The state government representatives I met with all expressed a keen interest in strengthening Québec-New York energy cooperation. We will continue to build on our solid bilateral relationship in this area,” said Ms. Normandeau.
The Minister discussed energy issues with various high-ranking state government officials, including Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch; Tom Congdon, Deputy Secretary for Energy; Garry Brown, Chairman of the Public Service Commission; and Francis Murray, President of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. She also held talks with Québec researchers and business representatives taking part in Québec-New York technology meetings in the renewable energy sector.
“My meetings with New York State’s policy makers are aimed at providing US markets with greater access to Québec hydroelectricity by signing long-term agreements, in addition to promoting the optimal use of current and future interconnections. The market in New York State, which is home to 19 million consumers, represents enormous untapped potential for Québec. Québec hydroelectricity can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring energy supply reliability and security for our US partners. We will be pursuing our efforts to promote the benefits of Québec hydroelectricity,” said Ms. Normandeau.
Government of Québec’s US Strategy
Québec government office in New York