Alberta Electric System Operator

Alberta Electric System Operator

April 25, 2008 18:07 ET

AESO Continues Consultation on Transmission Development in Southern Alberta

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 25, 2008) - The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has identified the potential for an increase in power generation projects throughout southern Alberta, including substantial wind power development.

In its role as planner of the transmission system for all Albertans, the AESO is currently investigating the need to reinforce the transmission system to enable these generation projects to be reliably connected to the provincial grid. Connecting these projects helps meet the growing demand for electricity both locally and in other areas of the province.

The AESO is holding a series of Open Houses throughout southern Alberta to provide opportunities for residents to discuss the need to improve the transmission system as well as to learn about four transmission alternatives under consideration for development. Comments from visitors about the transmission alternatives collected at the Open Houses will be used to help ensure the safe, reliable and economic planning of Alberta's interconnected power system.

"Our chief goal with this consultation is to discuss alternatives to meeting the need for more transmission capacity with the people of southern Alberta," says Bill Strongman, director, Regional System Planning.

Monday April 28 Foremost Foremost Community Hall
Tuesday April 29 Bow Island Bow Island Legion Hall
Wednesday April 30 Medicine Hat Moose Lodge
Thursday May 1 Brooks Heritage Inn
Monday May 5 Taber Royal Canadian Legion - Taber Branch
Tuesday May 6 Lethbridge FOE (Fraternal Order of Eagles) Lower Hall
Wednesday May 7 Cardston Tanner Centre
Thursday May 8 Pincher Creek Heritage Inn
Monday May 12 Fort MacLeod District Community Hall
Tuesday May 13 Claresholm Claresholm Community Centre
Wednesday May 14 Nanton Memorial Center (Upper Hall)
Thursday May 15 Strathmore Civic Centre

As an independent system operator, the AESO leads the safe, reliable and economic planning and operation of Alberta's interconnected power system. The AESO also facilitates Alberta's fair, efficient and openly competitive wholesale electricity market, which has about 200 participants and approximately $8 billion in annual energy transactions.

Contact Information

  • Alberta Electric System Operator
    Ally Taylor
    Communications and Stakeholder Relations
    (403) 539-2726 or Cell (403) 608-6172