AltaLink, L.P.

AltaLink, L.P.

May 04, 2010 16:59 ET

AltaLink Seeks Albertans' Input for Transmission Line Development

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 4, 2010) -


AltaLink, Alberta's largest electricity transmission company, is focused on consulting with Albertans on new, critically-needed transmission lines. During the first three months of 2010, AltaLink made contact with more than 50,000 Albertans to provide them with information, answer questions and get their input on the projects.

"Consultation is a core value of how we develop projects at AltaLink," said Scott Thon, AltaLink President and CEO. "It is only through meeting with Albertans and listening to their concerns, that we can truly develop the best proposals for new transmission lines that will benefit our province."

In the first three months of 2010 alone, AltaLink mailed more than 50,000 project information packages to stakeholders and held one-on-one meetings via open houses or personal meetings with another 3,000. Project information is also available by visiting

The decision to incrementally stage the development of new transmission projects in Alberta, including the Western Alberta Transmission Line and the Southern Alberta Transmission Reinforcement, ensures that the transmission system grows only as Alberta's demand for electricity grows, allowing for new projects to emerge as needed rather than overbuilding the current transmission system.

While consultation continues in earnest on new projects, AltaLink is also in the midst of construction of the Southwest 240 kV Project between Pincher Creek and Lethbridge to allow more wind generation onto the Alberta grid.

"Without new transmission lines, the wind power sector in southern Alberta can't develop," said Mr. Thon. "The Southwest 240 kV project is the important first step in providing Albertans with access to new, green wind energy in 2010."

AltaLink, L.P. today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010. The Partnership earned a net income of $17.1 million for the quarter, an increase of $5.0 million over the corresponding period in 2009. The Partnership's return on rate base increased due to growth in its transmission assets. The net income reported above is pre-tax, and is not directly comparable with net income reported by companies that recognize tax expenses in their financial statements.

AltaLink's full financial results and management's discussion and analysis can be found on AltaLink's website at or on SEDAR at

AltaLink, Canada's only fully independent transmission provider, is responsible for the maintenance and operation of more than 11,800 kilometres of transmission lines and approximately 270 substations in Alberta. As Alberta's largest supplier of safe and reliable transmission, AltaLink is moving forward to provide a transmission system that will continue to meet the growing needs of Albertans. AltaLink has been a proud supporter of Alberta 4-H since 2003, and as a Legacy Builder it is the title sponsor of all regional, district and provincial communications and public speaking programs.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy AltaLink's securities in any jurisdiction, including but not limited to, the United States. AltaLink's securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States except in certain transactions exempt from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

Except for the historical and present factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, including words such as "expects", "projects", "plans", "anticipates" and similar expressions, are forward-looking information that represents management of AltaLink's internal projections, expectations or beliefs concerning, among other things, future operating results and various components thereof or the economic performance of AltaLink. The projections, estimates and beliefs contained in such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause AltaLink's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, those described in AltaLink's filings with the Canadian securities authorities. Accordingly, holders of AltaLink securities and potential investors are cautioned that events or circumstances could cause results to differ materially from those predicted. AltaLink disclaims any responsibility to update these forward-looking statements.

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