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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ball, Coady confirm secret talks with Quebec on Labrador hydro #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Premier Dwight Ball confirmed in the House of Assembly on Wednesday that officials from this province are talking to officials in Quebec about significant development of hydro-electric assets on the Churchill River.

We know that something very serious is going on  – in secret  – because of the way that Ball and natural resources minister . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ball, Coady confirm secret talks with Quebec on Labrador hydro #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Quebec Superior Court Decision #nlpoli

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Quebec Superior Court Decision #nlpoli

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: CF(L)Co v. Hydro-Quebec (Court of Appeal) #nlpoli

The full text of the Quebec Court of Appeal decision in Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation v. Hydro-Quebec:  pdf-srbp- . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: CF(L)Co v. Hydro-Quebec (Court of Appeal) #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: La Romaine: on or off? #nlpoli

On Monday,  Quebec premier Philippe Couillard left the impression that the third and fourth dams on the La Romaine river were in doubt. 

Couillard told reporters as he headed to the meeting of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers that Hydro-Quebec would finish the first two dams, currently under construction, and then make . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: La Romaine: on or off? #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor following wrong energy path #nlpoli

Think back to last December.

A couple of Nalcor guys bragged about the company’s strategy of importing electricity when they needed during the months when prices were low and then exporting our own electricity when electricity prices were high.

Brilliant idea.  It worked for Hydro-Quebec for most of the past 50 years.

There’s only one . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor following wrong energy path #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Negotiating from Weakness #nlpoli

Markets in northeastern North America are already awash in cheap electricity, thanks in large part of the discovery of massive amounts of natural gas in the United States. They’ll be that way for decades to come.

Current forecasts New England’s regional electricity transmission organization hold that improvements in energy efficiency will allow New England states . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Negotiating from Weakness #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor’s Complaints to the Regie #nlpoli

Last week, the Quebec Superior Court dismissed a motion to hear an appeal from Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro over decisions taken by the Quebec’s energy regulator in 2010.

As NTV reported on Friday, “Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro asked for transmission access from Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie in January 2006. But Nalcor says it was met with delays, . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor’s Complaints to the Regie #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Access denied: CFLCo and Hydro-Quebec version #nlpoli

Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation tried but failed in 2012 in an effort to see hundreds of thousands of pages of confidential Hydro-Quebec documents on the 1969 Power Contract between CFLCo and Hydro-Quebec.

A decision by the Quebec access to information commissioner in November 2012 denied CF(L)Co access to the documents under a section of the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Access denied: CFLCo and Hydro-Quebec version #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Hydro-Quebec Statement of Claim #nlpoli

Via labradore, the statement of claim filed on behalf of Hydro-Quebec earlier this week.

You can search it and read it in English.  Those of you using Chrome will find the translation very simple.

If the text here is too small, then click on the title – Hydro-Quebec Statement of Claim by labradore – and . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Hydro-Quebec Statement of Claim #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Hydro-Quebec to seek clarity on contract rights #nlpoli

From Hydro-Quebec:

MONTREAL, July 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – Hydro-Québec is filing a motion today with the Québec Superior Court to obtain a declaratory judgment. The company is asking the Court to confirm that two recent positions taken by CF(L)Co with respect to the Churchill Falls Contract (the Contract) are ill-founded. The Québec Superior Court . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Hydro-Quebec to seek clarity on contract rights #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: History’s Bitch #nlpoli

A half century ago, a bunch of very smart fellows – some of the smartest fellows of any generation ever – wanted to build a massive  plant in the middle of Labrador to make electricity.

One of the problems the project faced was a combination of costs and markets.  As Philip Smith recounts in Brinco:  . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: History’s Bitch #nlpoli

Eclectic Lip: Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, January 2013 (via GreenCarReports)

My column on plug-in car sales in Canada for January 2013, is now up at GreenCarReports. Since it’s hard to write ~600 words about sales statistics in the very small Canadian market, I discuss how Quebec — not B.C.! — is the leading province for plug-in vehicle adoption, and reasons why this might be the . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, January 2013 (via GreenCarReports)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Gil Bennett won’t re-tweet this post #nlpoli

After a few weeks’ break, Telegram editor Peter Jackson had another go Thursday at the water management controversy involving Nalcor and the 2041 Group.Jackson wrote about it in his Hallowe’en column. After digging up some additional information, h… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Gil Bennett won’t re-tweet this post #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Williams prepared to wrap arms around Quebec #nlpoli

There’s something just too funny for words about former Premier Danny Williams sometimes.

It’s the kind of “too funny” where you don’t know whether he gets the joke and is just having a laugh at his own expense or is so completely blind to how asinine his own words make him look.

You see it . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Williams prepared to wrap arms around Quebec #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Dunderdale: Hydro-Quebec equity in Lower Churchill and no ‘69 redress part of ‘win-win’ for HQ #nlpoli

For five years, the provincial Conservatives secretly tried to interest Quebec in part ownership of the Lower Churchill, according to Premier Kathy Dunderdale.

Dunderdale: September 2009

In September 2009, she told Open Line host Randy Simms (audio at right) about the secret efforts made by then-Premier Danny Williams, Dunderdale and Nalcor boss Ed Martin to . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Dunderdale: Hydro-Quebec equity in Lower Churchill and no ‘69 redress part of ‘win-win’ for HQ #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Williams sides with Quebec on energy #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Danny Williams always likes someone who stands up for his or her province.

Well, likes them as long as the someone doing the standing up standing in the way of something Danny wants. .

Anyone who wondered why Williams turned up in the Globe praising British Columbia Premier Christy Clark can now make sense of . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Williams sides with Quebec on energy #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Co2 Art: Quebec Total Ban on Fracking as USGS Links it to Earthquakes

Last Tuesday the Quebec environment minister announced an absolute ban on fracking while the process is studied.That move is looking like a stroke of genius today, as the U.S. Geological Survey is releasing a report showing an unprecedented increase in… . . . → Read More: Co2 Art: Quebec Total Ban on Fracking as USGS Links it to Earthquakes

Co2 Art: Quebec Total Ban on Fracking as USGS Links it to Earthquakes

Last Tuesday the Quebec environment minister announced an absolute ban on fracking while the process is studied.

That move is looking like a stroke of genius today, as the U.S. Geological Survey is releasing a report showing an unprecedented increase in earthquakes occurring in the U.S. heartland.

The study identifies a six-fold increase of magnitude . . . → Read More: Co2 Art: Quebec Total Ban on Fracking as USGS Links it to Earthquakes

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Unions oppose energy conservation device #nlpoli

Unions representing Hydro-Quebec employees are oppose to a plan to install so-called smart meters in Quebec homes.  According to the Montreal Gazette:

One week before the Régie de l’énergie is to begin hearings on the controversial venture, the Syndicate des employés de techniques professionnels et de bureau d’Hydro-Québec denounced the move at a media conference.

. . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Unions oppose energy conservation device #nlpoli