Quebec greenhouse producers want preferential electricity rates

Greenhouse producers in Quebec are asking the government to allow them to take advantage of some of the electricity surplus it is trying to sell to the United States.

The producers are proposing to Hydro-Quebec, electricity provider of the province, to sell them the terawatts at the preferential rate of 3 cents per kilowatt-hour. This way, they would be able to improve their productions and increase their supply of products to the supermarkets of Quebec. “With this access, we could increase considerably the quantity of fresh fruits and vegetables in Quebec through greenhouse production,” explains Jacques Demers, vice-president of the greenhouse producers of Quebec. This energy would be used for the heating and lighting of greenhouses.

One of the arguments put forward is that greenhouse farming would reduce imports from abroad, therefore reducing GHG emissions.

The project, which “would have a scope of 5 to 10 years”, will bring economic benefits of over 370 million Canadian dollars [275 million USD] for the province and about 1,000 new jobs in the region, according to the producers.

The government of Quebec and the greenhouse producers are currently working on an agreement.

Discover here the report from Radio Canada.

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