To date, Quebec’s hydroelectric production has mostly been associated with large scale projects like the James Bay and Manicouagan dams. At the other extreme, the Quebec government has left the operation of small installations (50MW or less) to the private sector. However, an important portion of Quebec’s hydroelectric potential remains unexploited: that of medium scale projects. F. Pierre Gingras from the Montreal Economic Institute in Canada explains how the development of such schemes could be entrusted to local communities.
Can Quebec find a happy medium?