Established in 2004, Cartier Wind Energy Inc. is a partnership between two companies active in the energy field: TransCanada and Innergex Renewable Energy.
The wind energy projects of Cartier Wind Energy began development by the early 2000s after initial measurements in the Gaspésie. Therefore, the projects submitted in June 2004 for the Hydro-Québec Distribution tender to produce 1000MW of wind energy were the outcome of extensive study backed by reliable data.
In October 2004 Cartier Wind Energy was awarded the six projects it bid on by tender, representing almost three-quarters of the wind power capacity to be installed in Quebec.
On February 25, 2005, Cartier Wind Energy signed long-term electrical power purchase agreements with Hydro-Québec Distribution for a total of 739.5 Megawatts (MW) for wind energy projects in the Gaspésie, Îles-de-la-Madeleine and the Regional County Municipality of Matane. Through its five contracts, Cartier Wind Energy will become one of the largest wind energy producers in Quebec.
The five wind farms of Cartier Wind Energy are currently operating; those of Baie-des-Sables (109.5 MW), L’Anse-à-Valleau (100.5 MW), Carleton (109.5 MW), Gros-Morne-Sainte-Madeleine (211.5 MW) and Montagne Sèche (58.5 MW).