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Friday, October 21, 2011

AUC suspends 3 critical transmission infrastructure applications at government request

The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has today suspended its review process and suspended hearings for three critical transmission projects before it. This was at the request of the Alberta government to allow the government to consider its overall approach to critical transmission infrastructure.


The AUC has taken the following actions in response to the government’s request:

The Heartland Transmission Project application:
The Heartland application consists of a substation, a 500-kilovolt transmission line and a 240-kilovolt transmission line to connect the facilities to the interconnected system, with route options, in the Edmonton area.

The public hearing for the Heartland application concluded July 18, 2011and a decision was anticipated for October 24, 2011. The Commission now anticipates issuing the decision following the government’s review of its approach to critical transmission infrastructure.

The Western Alberta Transmission Line (WATL) application:
The WATL application is a 500-kilovolt, direct-current transmission line and associated substations and converters stations, with route options, between the Genesee area and the Calgary area.

The AUC is announcing the Western Alberta Transmission Line proceeding is adjourned until further notice - the process schedule is suspended and a public hearing scheduled to begin November 7, 2011 will not commence as previously planned.

The Eastern Alberta Transmission Line (EATL) application:
The EATL application is a 500-kilovolt, direct-current transmission line and associated converter stations and 240-kilovolt transmission lines, with route options, between the Gibbons area and the Brooks area.

The AUC is announcing that the proceeding for the Eastern Alberta Transmission Line is adjourned - the process schedule is suspended until further notice and the January 16, 2012 public hearing date is no longer applicable.

In each case, the applicant, interveners and registered parties have been notified. Further information on each of these applications and the related proceedings is available on the AUC’s website, at www.auc.ab.ca

Attached to this news release is a letter (click here) to the AUC from Minister of Energy Ted Morton requesting the AUC to suspend its review process and suspend hearings for three critical transmission projects before the AUC. Also attached are the AUC’s notifications to the applicants, interveners and registered parties involved.

The Alberta Utilities Commission is an independent, quasi-judicial agency of the province of Alberta. As part of its mandate the Commission has jurisdiction over the siting of facilities deemed to be critical transmission infrastructure as well as other transmission facilities, electric power plants and natural gas transmission pipelines.


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