Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux, Quebec (June 10, 2021): Nicolas-Riou LP, on behalf of its owners – EDF Invest, Régie intermunicipale de l’énergie du Bas-Saint-Laurent (RIEBSL), and Régie Intermunicipale de l’énergie Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (RIEGÎM), is pleased to contribute $100,000 CAD in support of food security organizations in Eastern Quebec. In total 17organizations covering all regional county municipalities of Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie-Îlesde-la-Madeleine will receive funding.
“It is with pleasure that we donate funds to assist organizations that provide critical services to the residents of the region,” said Michel Lagacé, President of Nicolas-Riou LP RIEBSL, “Nicolas-Riou continues to represent a great public-private achievement that gives us great pride as Canada’s largest equally owned community project. The commitment of the Project to deliver again on a promise to be a good long-term partner in the region is recognized and appreciated.”
“Nicolas-Riou Wind Project stands by its commitment to be a long-term partner with the host communities,” said Fannie Grillo, Director of Investments, EDF Invest. “As a responsible shareholder, EDF Invest wanted to support local communities in the context of COVID. Since the start of development in 2008, we remain grateful for the relationship we have built, and the support received from the RCMs.”
Simon Deschênes, President of RIEGÎM said, “The RCMs of Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine are grateful for support of our local food banks in this time of need. This donation goes beyond what Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine municipalities and Maliseet Viger First Nation are already receiving through their ownership in the project as well as the annual contribution of over CAD $1.2 million to the regions, throughout the Project’s 25-year contract with Hydro Quebec.
”Nicolas-Riou, 50-percent owned by EDF Invest, 33-percent by RIEBSL and 17-percent by RIEGÎM, is located in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, on the private and public lands of TNO Boisbouscache and the municipalities of Sainte-Françoise, Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux, SaintMédard (RCM Basques) and Saint-Eugene-de-Ladrière (RCM of Rimouski-Neigette). The Project represents an investment of nearly CAD $500 million.