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Quebec Regie de l'energie Authorization (8-QC-d)

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In Quebec, a developer may need Transmission Authorization (Authorization) from the Quebec – Regie de L’energie to build a transmission line. An Authorization from the Regie de l’energie is required to construct a transmission line involving the transmission of electric power worth $25 million or more. Quebec – Authorization by Regie de L’energie Regulation c. R-6.01, r. 2. A transmission line involving less than $25 million of electricity requires authorization if the project has not yet been recognized as prudently acquired and useful for the operation of the electric power transmission system pursuant to R.S.Q. 1996, c. R-6.01 s. 49. Quebec – Authorization by Regie de L’energie Regulation c. R-6.01, r. 2.


The Regie de l’energie regulates transmission lines pursuant to Quebec – Regie de L’energie Act R.S.Q. 1996, c. R-6.01 and Quebec – Authorization by Regie de L’energie Regulation c. R-6.01, r. 2.



Regie de l'energie Authorization Process

8-QC-d.1 – Does the Project Involve $25 Million of Electricity?

A developer must receive an Authorization from the Regie de l’energie to construct a transmission line involving the transmission of electric power worth $25 million or more. Quebec – Authorization by Regie de L’energie Regulation c. R-6.01, r. 2.

8-QC-d.2 to 8-QC-d.3 – Has the Project Been Found Prudent and Useful?

A developer must receive an Authorization from the Regie de l’energie for a transmission line worth less than $25 million if the project has not yet been recognized as prudently acquired and useful for the operation of the electric power transmission system pursuant to R.S.Q. 1996, c. R-6.01 s. 49. Quebec – Authorization by Regie de L’energie Regulation c. R-6.01, r. 2.

8-QC-d.4 – Application for Regie de l’energie Authorization

A developer must apply to the Regie de l’energie for authorization of a transmission project. An Application for authorization must contain:

  • The project objectives;
  • The project description;
  • The justification of the project about the objectives;
  • The project costs;
  • The project feasibility study;
  • The list of authorizations required under other laws;
  • The impact on the rates including a sensitivity analysis;
  • The impact on the reliability of the electric power transmission system and on the quality of the electric power transmission service or electric power or natural gas distribution service;
  • The list of the principal technical standards applicable to the project;
  • Sales forecasts for the electric power or natural gas distributors’ project where applicable;
  • The contractual commitments of the consumers of the service and their financial contributions, where applicable; and
  • Any other solutions contemplated, which must include the information referred to in the preceding paragraphs.

c. R-6.01, r. 2 s. 2. ’’’Projects Yet to be Found Prudent and Useful’’’ In addition to the above, an Application for authorization of a project yet to be deemed prudent and useful must also contain the following:

  • The descriptive summary of the investments and their objectives;
  • The costs based on the investment category;
  • The justification of the investments with regard to the objectives;
  • The impact on rates; and
  • The impact on the reliability of the electric power transmission system and the quality of the electric power transmission service or electric power or natural gas distribution service.

8-QC-d.5 to 8-QC-d.7 – Review Application for Approval

The Regie de l’energie must review the application for authorization for approval.


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