Hearings set on N.L. access to Quebec grid

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Energy Regulator's decision will provide certainty, Nalcor president says

Newfoundland and Labrador is about to get the chance to state its case for access to the Quebec power grid.

Hearings at Quebec's regulator - the Regie de l'energie - get underway Tuesday.

Regardless of what happens, officials say the regulator's decisions will provide certainty for Newfoundland and Labrador's energy corporation as it tries to get the Lower Churchill hydro project off the ground.

Ed Martin

Newfoundland and Labrador is about to get the chance to state its case for access to the Quebec power grid.

Hearings at Quebec's regulator - the Regie de l'energie - get underway Tuesday.

Regardless of what happens, officials say the regulator's decisions will provide certainty for Newfoundland and Labrador's energy corporation as it tries to get the Lower Churchill hydro project off the ground.

"We've collected all the information we need," Nalcor Energy president Ed Martin said in an interview.

"This is one of the key pieces left. I'm going to have enough information (after) this to be able to complete my discussions with potential customers."

Nalcor alleges that Hydro-Quebec is not being co-operative with its plans to transmit Lower Churchill power across the province to markets in Ontario and the northeastern U.S.

Transmission upgrades in Quebec could cost Nalcor up to $3 billion, assuming all Lower Churchill power went to market via that route.

"We're saying we've got some problems with that," Martin said. "We've got to get this information checked out."

March ruling

The hearings are scheduled to last three weeks. Nalcor expects the Regie to make its rulings by late March.

Martin declined to put timelines on when Nalcor will be able to go to the provincial government with various Lower Churchill options.

He said that will largely depend on the regulator's rulings.

rantle@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Regie de l'energie, Hydro-Quebec

Geographic location: Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario U.S.

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  • don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Hopefully, the regulators in Quebec will see through this argument from Newfoundland as the pack of baloney that it is and send Dictator Danny and his cronies packing! Dictator Danny acts like some ne'er do well negotiating for a lower price on a used car! It will take 15 years to get the Lower Churchill on line Danny boy, what will access to the grid cost by then? If this thing costs $3 Billion right now then that is what it costs! Despite being the Premier of a HAVE province, Dictator Danny is saying that he doesn't have the bucks to ante up at the table. If that is so, Newfoundland shouldn't be in the game!

  • Lloyd
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    jason bull from eastport, nl writes:
    ...time for the electorate to wake up and see who's going to benefit from all this...

    The electorate in Labrador know who's NOT going to benefit from 'all this'.
    It does not appear to matter a whit to the most of the remainder of the electorate!

    Isn't Nalcor (via Emera) delivering power over that grid right now (other than that which goes to Hydro Quebec)?

    What if Nalcor gets the guarantees to deliver new electricity over these lines and there will have to be new 'obstacles'?

  • Stop the Racket
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    How many shares does King Danny have in the Lower Churchill project? That may explain his interest in all this.

  • jason
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    wonder how long it'll take us to get those books out of 'the clasped hands' of whoever is left behind to guard the secrets of all these goings on.

    time for the electorate to wake up and see who's going to benefit from all this...

    the new colonialists from town are looking to set up a dynasty in there...

  • Truth
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Tom, I guess you are one of the ones who thinks Danny Williams walks on water?

  • tom
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    TRUTH TELLER do you think lorraine or yvonne could deliver on the lower churchill any quicker or even get a better deal than danny? get of the dope!!

  • Bert
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Truth Teller, Danny may not be able to walk on water but poor Yvonne and Lorraine would have trouble walking on ice!!!

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    As usaual the liberal plants are on the go early to ensure anything the premier does, or at least tries to do, is looked at negatively.
    This is all part of a process, another peice of the puzzel. The regulator in Quebec has done everything they could to delay these hearings, it will be interesting to see if anything comes out of it. In the end it may be cheaper to just pay HQ the 3 billion and get on with it, I would rather they use the Anglo Saxon route, which would see the island gain access to huge amounts of power.
    No matter what the outcome at least we are trying, good luck to Nalcor and the Premier.

  • Truth
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Boy, Danny is doing everything he can to be the Premier who develops the Lower Churchill. That's the jewel of his legacy crown. If it happens, he will bow out once it's done.

  • don
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Hopefully, the regulators in Quebec will see through this argument from Newfoundland as the pack of baloney that it is and send Dictator Danny and his cronies packing! Dictator Danny acts like some ne'er do well negotiating for a lower price on a used car! It will take 15 years to get the Lower Churchill on line Danny boy, what will access to the grid cost by then? If this thing costs $3 Billion right now then that is what it costs! Despite being the Premier of a HAVE province, Dictator Danny is saying that he doesn't have the bucks to ante up at the table. If that is so, Newfoundland shouldn't be in the game!

  • Lloyd
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    jason bull from eastport, nl writes:
    ...time for the electorate to wake up and see who's going to benefit from all this...

    The electorate in Labrador know who's NOT going to benefit from 'all this'.
    It does not appear to matter a whit to the most of the remainder of the electorate!

    Isn't Nalcor (via Emera) delivering power over that grid right now (other than that which goes to Hydro Quebec)?

    What if Nalcor gets the guarantees to deliver new electricity over these lines and there will have to be new 'obstacles'?

  • Stop the Racket
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    How many shares does King Danny have in the Lower Churchill project? That may explain his interest in all this.

  • jason
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    wonder how long it'll take us to get those books out of 'the clasped hands' of whoever is left behind to guard the secrets of all these goings on.

    time for the electorate to wake up and see who's going to benefit from all this...

    the new colonialists from town are looking to set up a dynasty in there...

  • Truth
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    Tom, I guess you are one of the ones who thinks Danny Williams walks on water?

  • tom
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    TRUTH TELLER do you think lorraine or yvonne could deliver on the lower churchill any quicker or even get a better deal than danny? get of the dope!!

  • Bert
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Truth Teller, Danny may not be able to walk on water but poor Yvonne and Lorraine would have trouble walking on ice!!!

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    As usaual the liberal plants are on the go early to ensure anything the premier does, or at least tries to do, is looked at negatively.
    This is all part of a process, another peice of the puzzel. The regulator in Quebec has done everything they could to delay these hearings, it will be interesting to see if anything comes out of it. In the end it may be cheaper to just pay HQ the 3 billion and get on with it, I would rather they use the Anglo Saxon route, which would see the island gain access to huge amounts of power.
    No matter what the outcome at least we are trying, good luck to Nalcor and the Premier.

  • Truth
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Boy, Danny is doing everything he can to be the Premier who develops the Lower Churchill. That's the jewel of his legacy crown. If it happens, he will bow out once it's done.