Hydropower Networks in Guardians: Work in progress

Power. Members of the municipal council and municipal officials recently visited the main sector of La Touc to see the progress of work to improve the Hydro-Québec network in this sector. We know that this sector has been affected by numerous outages over the past few years, city councilor Eric Chagnon strongly condemned.

Inspections show that $235 million worth of work on the La Verendrie parent line is progressing. The people from Hydro-Québec were there.

“We are able to see on the map the progress of the work to ensure a constant and reliable supply,” said Councilor Chagnon, visibly pleased with the progress.

According to Mr. Chagnon, the wooden poles have been replaced with metal structures, while others are partially made of metal. We know that woodpeckers and carpenter ants were blamed for the damage to poles used to supply electricity to the main sector.

Work is progressing well. “Power is supplied by our generators. There are five generators to supply power for off-line work,” the advisor noted.

The EVLO energy storage system will also be responsible for supplying electricity to the residents of the village, Eric Chagnon said: “It’s a good thing, it’s natural, it’s not polluting”. The system should be operational by the end of 2022, according to Élisabeth Gladu, community relations advisor for Hydro-Québec.

Ms. Gladu confirmed that structural replacement work would be completed by early April. “We promised to replace 60 structures and finally we replaced 99,” he said.

A review of implementation capacity has made it possible to anticipate this replacement, taking advantage of the fact that equipment is in place and access roads have been rebuilt.

The remaining work will be completed from 2035 onwards. So far, 123 of the 283 structures on the line connecting the parent Laverendry substation have been redone with steel.

Mr. Chagnon harks back to the sometimes strained relationship between La Tuque and Hydro-Québec’s administration, during a more volatile period when power outages were more frequent.

“I don’t regret anything I did, the words I said, the actions I took, when we had a more difficult time with Hydro-Québec. We had to put our fists on the table. As a result today, we have a lot to consider. We have suggestions, which have been appreciated by Hydro-Québec. It is important that we have a vision,” said the adviser.

Clova

Recently, a meeting was held in Clova sector aimed at energy transition. We know that 60 customers in the village are powered by two diesel generators. People visiting the site were able to fill out a survey to get to know their homes better

It was a very good meeting, people were able to express their views, their questions. You have to understand that this sector is powered by two diesel generators, a system that is polluting and very expensive. There are several options currently on the table. As far as I’m concerned, sure the transmission line option, joined with another backup system, either a generator or a battery system like we’re going to have in the parent, I think that would be a combined ideal, but it’s not me who decides that,” said Mr. Chagnon.

Living next, one of the issues that often comes up during the meeting is the reliability of the power network in these remote sectors.

“We met about twenty residents of Clover. They are mostly residents, but there were also vacationers who are not connected to the network and who want to be (…) excellent exchange that nourishes our reflection on the three families presented “, said Mrs. Gladu.

The main scenario under study is the local production of renewable energy with the support of a new thermal power plant; Electricity supply using electricity from the main Hydro-Québec network; and self-generation of electricity and energy-efficient buildings.

Another meeting will be scheduled at a later date to present the solution to be adopted for power supply to Clova sector. “The solution will be announced at the end of 2022,” Ms. Gladu said. Any work will be done in 2025 or 2026.

Salon Eric Chagnon, the money injected into the development of the electrical network should be seen more as an investment rather than an expense, adding that the parent has not been spoiled much, in his opinion, since the 2003 merger, in terms of infrastructure.

“There are a lot of projects in the air. If there can be lines between parent and clover. There are mining projects that are on the map. Finally, the Guardian, later on, it’s probably going to look more like the Klondike than we think,” he concluded.

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