Mayor of New York wants a contract with Hydro-Quebec by 2020

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wants all public infrastructure in his city to be fueled by “Canadian greenhouse gas zero emission” and wants a signed deal before the end of the year 2020.
C and commitment is part of the action plan of the American metropolis to fight against climate change. This New York Green New Deal policy was unveiled Monday by the mayor of Blasio.

Among the goals are a total 40% reduction in GHG emissions from the 2005 level by 2030.

To achieve this, New York is committed to ensuring that the energy source for all municipal infrastructure is 100% clean. This measure alone would reduce GHG emissions by 5%, one-eighth of the total target.

In his press release, Bill de Blasio says he wants to start negotiations “on the spot” to get an agreement by the end of next year.

Quebec Premier Fran├žois Legault welcomed the announcement in a message posted on his Twitter account.

“WOW! The mayor of New York announces the relaunch of negotiations with Hydro-Quebec, he wrote. Hydro-Quebec can become the green battery of Northeastern America. ”

The corporation responded with a news release saying it “will be pleased to continue discussions with New York City” to make the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) project a reality.

According to Hydro-Quebec, this distribution line would deliver eight terawatt hours of electricity to the largest city in the United States.

The cables would be buried underground and underwater for more than 530 kilometers. According to the information available online, the project has been on the table for more than ten years now.

According to a technical file filed on a website dedicated to the project, the initial schedule provided for the start of construction in 2018 and the commissioning of the network in 2021. However, this did not materialize.

“For a project like this, we were waiting for the right commercial opportunity to launch it. It’s a very good project, but we wanted a business opportunity that would allow us to secure the investment, “explains Hydro-Quebec spokesperson Lynn St-Laurent.

The two parties will therefore quickly resume negotiations for a long-term supply contract to supply New York with hydroelectricity in Quebec.

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