Should Quebec nationalize wind energy?
Nationalization of wind energy would bring no added benefit to Quebec consumers. Our competitive approach to wind development has been effective and affordable and has allowed Hydro-Quebec to retain control over the sector.
Hydro-Quebec has the monopoly on transportation and distribution and is the sole purchaser of all the electricity generated by independent producers. In fact, independent producers are not permitted to sell directly to anyone other than to Hydro-Quebec. Furthermore, Hydro-Quebec is the only entity that sells electricity produced in Quebec both domestically and on the export markets.
All over the world, the development of wind energy is entrusted to the private sector. Private developers are known to be more flexible, can implement projects more smoothly and also have the capacity to manage inherent risks.