74. Hydro-Québec may not enter into any contract for the purchase or exchange of electric power without obtaining the approval of the Régie in the cases determined by the Régie.
The commercial programs of Hydro-Québec and of natural gas distributors also require the approval of the Régie.
In a territory served by an independent electric power distribution system, Hydro-Québec may also submit to the Régie, for approval, commercial programs relating to other forms of energy in order to ensure that consumers in that territory are treated equitably in terms of energy supply in relation to any other consumer of electric power supplied by Hydro-Québec for residential and water heating.
In examining an application under this section, the Régie shall give due consideration to changes in commercial practices.