The Quebec courts have chosen not to get involved in a spat between Nalcor and the province over the right to transmit electricity to the U.S.
On Friday afternoon, Nalcor said that the Quebec Superior Court dismissed a request for a judicial review of the Quebec energy regulator, the Régie de l’énergie.
The sparring has been going on since 2006 when the government started asking Quebec for the right to transmit electricity through the Hydro-Québec grid.
The Newfoundland and Labrador government has argued that American Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rules require Quebec to provide open access to Newfoundland and Labrador as part of tariff rules.
When the Régie turned Nalcor down, the province went to the Quebec courts asking for a judicial review.
“A judicial review is not an appeal; it is a review of the Régie’s decisions based on Hydro’s submission that the decisions contained significant errors of law,” the Nalcor news release said Friday. “Hydro is reviewing the decision and cannot provide further comment at this time.”
This court decision does not affect the province’s current plan to develop Muskrat Falls.
It is also separate from the province’s good faith court case which is in the Quebec courts, and it is separate from the court application Hydro-Québec filed last which appears to be aimed at the Muskrat Falls project.
Nalcor said it won’t comment further on the court ruling until it’s had time to review it.