The Nicolas-Riou wind farm community project is a partnership between EDF Renewables, Régie intermunicipale de l’énergie du Bas-Saint-Laurent, a company wholly owned by all of the RCMs of the Bas-Saint-Laurent as well as the Viger Maliceet First Nation and Régie intermunicipale de l’énergie Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, composed by the RCMs of this region and Îles-de-la-Madeleine conglomeration. This wind project is 50-percent owned by EDF Renewables; 33,33-percent by RIEBSL and 16,67-percent by RIEGÎM.

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, Saint-Médard (RCM Basques) and Saint-Eugene-de-Ladrière (RCM of Rimouski-Neigette), this 224.25 MW wind farm, will be comprised of 65 Vestas V117 wind turbine generators. Nicolas-Riou will represents an investment of approximately $ 500 million dollars. In addition the project will also contribute an annual payment of more than $1.1 million dollars to the RCMs of Basques and Rimouski-Neigette for expected life time of the project (25 Years).

Nicolas-Riou is one of eight wind projects awarded to EDF Renewables through Hydro-Québec Distribution call for tenders in 2008, 2010 and 2013. It also represents the fifth project held in partnership with a RCM; the other four being La Mitis (24.6 MW), Le Granit (24.6 MW), Lac Alfred (300 MW) and Rivière du Moulin (350 MW). Nicolas-Riou was presented with the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s (CanWEA) Wind Energy Project Award in October 2019

Liaison Committee

The Liaison Committee has being established to facilitate the contribution of the community in the development of the Nicolas-Riou Wind Farm while taking into consideration the interests of land users and encouraging the participation of local businesses. The committee will be composed of community representatives as the municipalities, MRCs, private landowner, environmental protection agencies, land user, etc. The objectives of the committee are to:

  • Ensure effective communication between residents, land users and the developer;
  • Identify issues related to the development of the wind farm;
  • Recommend satisfactory solutions to stakeholders;
  • Encourage participation of local businesses.

Follow bellow the reports of the Liaison Committee meetings:

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