Ontario’s Liberal government is talking with Quebec about a plan to purchase power, but insists no deal has been struck.

Colin Nekolaichuk, spokesman for Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault, denied a report in La Presse Monday that said a deal had been inked in which Ontario would purchase eight terawatts of power annually from Quebec over the next 20 years.

That electricity — roughly 6% of the Ontario’s annual supply — would be enough to power 800,000 homes a year.

Any deal must be cost effective for ratepayers and support the government’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Nekolaichuk said.

“While we haven’t yet received an offer that meets those core objectives, we look forward to continued discussions with our Quebec counterparts,” he said in a statement.

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