Tarquti Energy, Hydro-Québec announce renewable energy partnership

Agreement promises to help Nunavimmiut advance clean energy projects across region

Hydro-Québec and Tarquti Energy Inc. have announced a new renewable energy partnership for that would replace fossil fuels and create jobs Inuit in Nunavik. (File photo by Sarah Rogers)

By Nunatsiaq News

Tarquti Energy Inc. has become Hydro-Québec’s preferred and exclusive partner for renewable energy projects in Nunavik as part of a new collaboration, the two power companies announced Monday.

The partnership will give Inuit in Nunavik the tools and capacity they need to design their own clean energy projects, according to a release issued by Hydro-Quebec.

It said the agreement will also be “respectful” of Nunavimmiuts’ values.

The release promised the partnership will create jobs for Nunavimmiut, and that it will work toward replacing fossil fuel generation with more renewable energies.

Makivik Corp. president Pita Aatami said in the release that a closer relationship with Hydro-Québec will be a benefit to Inuit across Nunavik.

“The success of the energy transition depends on the involvement of all major players in the clean-energy sector as well as our local and regional organizations, including the landholding corporations,” Aatami said.

Sophie Brochu, president and CEO of Hydro-Québec, said the partnership promises Inuit communities will receive the support they need as they work to develop their clean energy projects.

“We believe the energy transition of off-grid systems can only be implemented by and for the people most impacted by it,” Brochu said.

“On behalf of Hydro-Québec, I wish to emphasize the commitment, motivation and determination of our partner, Tarquti, and its desire to ensure that clean energy projects in Nunavik are developed and fully owned and operated by local and regional communities.”

Tarquti Energy Inc. is a 100 per cent Inuit-owned company created five years ago as a joint venture between Makivik Corp. and la Federation des Cooperatives du Nouveau Quebec.

 

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