Last September, the Québec Government adopted the Regulation respecting energy produced by biomass cogeneration made under the Act respecting the Régie de l'énergie. This Regulation replaces the former Regulation respecting energy produced by cogeneration and is made pursuant to the powers of the Government to make regulations determining, for a particular source of electric power supply, the corresponding energy block and maximum price established for the purpose of fixing the cost of electric power, for the purposes of a supply plan or for the purposes of tender solicitation by the electric power distributor (i.e. Hydro Québec). Biomass under the Regulation means (1) residual forest biomass consisting of bark, sawdust, shavings, trim ends, scraps, primary, secondary and de-inking sludge, cooking liquors from pulp and paper mills, and timber from silvicultural treatments or logging such as trunks, limbs, tree tops, short logs, slash and culls referred to in Section 94 of the Forest Act and timber intended for or taken from Québec landfills, (2) biodegradable residual materials rejected or not accepted following reclamation activities and intended for disposal in landfill sites or incinerators and, as the case may be, vapours generated by the incineration of those materials, and (3) recovered biodegradable residual materials for which other reclamation methods are not subject to economically viable technology. Under the Regulation, the energy block produced by new biomass generation facilities corresponds to a total quantity of 125 MW. The biomass used in a new cogeneration facility must correspond to a minimum of 75% of the fuel used by the facility to produce electric power. The biomass cogeneration projects following the tender solicitation must be carried out so that deliveries begin no later than December 1st, 2012. The Regulation had initially provided that the electric power distributor must solicit tenders for these 125 MW no later than January 8, 2009. On January 7, 2009, the Government adopted a decree in order to change this deadline for the electric power distributor to solicit tenders to April 15, 2009.