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F. Pierre Gingras
F. Pierre Gingras is a specialist in industrial engineering. He worked for 31 years in the construction of hydroelectric projects, including 17 as division manager for the planning and estimation of major projects. He was therefore intimately involved in the Manicouagan, Aux Outardes and James Bay complexes, in addition to his contributions to the refurbishment of many other works. He also directed evaluation and concept studies for a multitude of other projects. Since his retirement in 1997, Mr. Gingras has remained active in the field and contributed to studies for over 50 projects with various consultants, developers and Aboriginal councils. Collaborating with various experts, he sometimes takes part in the presentation of briefs submitted to the provincial government’s public hearings office on the environment, the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE). (High resolution photograph)
Economic Note proposing the development of several hydroelectric projects
Up until now, Quebec's hydroelectric production has mostly been associated with very large scale projects like the James Bay and Manicouagan dams. At the other extreme, the Quebec government has left the operation of small installations, 50 megawatts (MW) or less, to the private sector, which is experiencing increasing success at that level. However, an important portion of Quebec's hydroelectric potential remains unexploited: that of medium scale projects.
February 4, 2010 | 16 min. 30 sec. | Bouchard en parle (FM93)
Interview (in French) with F. Pierre Gingras, Associate Researcher at the Montreal Economic Institute, concerning the conslusions of his MEI study titled "Northern Waters – A realistic, sustainable and profitable plan to exploit Quebec’s blue gold."
Economic Note on the development of Quebec’s blue gold in a realistic and environmentally respectful manner
Northern waters and energy hold a special place in our national mythology and daily economic reality, particularly since the major hydro-electric work at James Bay in the 1970s. Quebec’s environmental and energy policies were manifestly transformed after our northern rivers were harnessed. The impact was also positive on various other sectors of society, ranging from public finances to industrial development and including social and economic progress in Aboriginal communities. Despite these considerable achievements in exploiting Quebec’s blue gold, one question remains: are we yet making the most of this natural resource, which is increasingly rare in various areas of the world and is likely to rise in value in the coming decades?