On May 18 and 19, the Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, Claude Béchard, carried out an important green electricity mission to Hartford and Groton, Connecticut.
Minister Béchard seized the opportunity to meet with energy industry representatives and various Connecticut state government officials. He also spoke at the 16th Annual New England Energy Conference, organized by the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association in collaboration with the Connecticut Power and Energy Society. Over three hundred people from the public and private sectors attended the conference.
“The new American administration wishes to focus on green energy and give priority to renewable energy sources. It has clearly stated that it is in favour of modernizing the U.S. power supply network and electricity production facilities. Québec’s hydroelectricity can contribute significantly to efforts the U.S. will deploy to deal with the challenge of climate change,” said Minister Béchard.
The Minister also emphasized that hydroelectricity is a safe, renewable resource. Moreover, Québec is committed to developing hydroelectricity by adhering to very strict criteria that comply with the principles of sustainable development. “Construction of the Romaine River Hydroelectric Complex is an excellent example of that commitment. Additionally, the project has considerable potential since it will be a powerful lever for creating wealth throughout Québec,” declared the Minister.
It bears recalling that hydroelectricity is a “zero emission” energy source, which is a major reason why Québec is the Canadian province with the lowest greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per capita. Discussions focused on what Québec can offer to help the U.S. achieve its GHG reduction goals, which will ultimately mean an increase in Québec’s exports of clean renewable electricity.
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