AltaLink, L.P.

AltaLink, L.P.

August 14, 2007 16:30 ET

AltaLink Applies for P&L to Tie Wind Farms Into the Transmission System

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2007) -

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Alberta's wind-generated electricity producers received a boost last week with the filing of an application to build a new transmission line between Pincher Creek and Lethbridge. AltaLink, Alberta's largest transmission company, filed a Permit and Licence application with the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) for the Southwest 240 kV project. The 240,000 volt transmission line will provide the capacity for new wind farms to access Alberta's transmission grid.

"Alberta's strong population and economic growth continues to demand timely expansion of the transmission grid," said Scott Thon, AltaLink's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Harnessing wind power in the southwest part of our province and connecting it to the grid provides Albertans with access to a tremendous source of renewable energy. We're proud to be playing such an important role in bringing new, green energy to the homes, farms and businesses of Alberta."

The double-circuit transmission line will have the capacity to transport enough electricity to supply approximately 1,000,000 homes.

In 2004, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) determined that the southwest part of the province needed additional transmission capacity to accommodate the growing wind energy sector and secure the reliability of the system in the area. The need for the line was approved by the EUB in 2005.

After two years of consulting with landowners, First Nations groups and government agencies, AltaLink has identified three potential route options to connect Pincher Creek and Lethbridge. AltaLink is recommending a route which runs through the Piikani First Nation and the Blood Tribe lands. The company reached agreements with both First Nations in July regarding the construction and operation of the facilities on their lands.

"We're extremely pleased we've reached agreements with both the Blood Tribe and the Piikani First Nation," said Mr. Thon. "Routing the line across both lands is the most direct path between Pincher Creek and Lethbridge, meaning reduced impact on the environment and agricultural interests while still being the lowest-cost option."

Pending approval from the EUB, AltaLink hopes to begin construction early in 2008 and have the line in service by early 2009.

AltaLink, Canada's only fully independent transmission provider, is responsible for the maintenance and operation of more than 11,600 kilometres of transmission lines and approximately 260 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.

Contact Information

  • AltaLink Management Ltd. - Media Relations
    Scott Schreiner
    Manager, External Communications
    (403) 267-2176
    Email: Scott.Schreiner@AltaLink.ca