AltaLink, L.P.

AltaLink, L.P.

March 10, 2009 18:33 ET

AltaLink Southwest 240 kV Project Approved: New Transmission Line Between Pincher Creek and Lethbridge Supports Wind Generation Development in Alberta

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2009) -

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AltaLink has received approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to build a double circuit, 240 kV (240,000 volt) transmission line between Pincher Creek and Lethbridge. The new 90-kilometre transmission line will allow for the continued development of southwest Alberta's wind-generated electricity industry.

The Southwest 240 kV Project is the first major transmission line approved in southern Alberta in more than 20 years.

"We're ready to move forward with getting this critical new transmission line into service," said Scott Thon, AltaLink President and Chief Executive Officer. "Albertans are looking for cleaner electricity and this transmission line will help deliver wind-generated power to homes and businesses across Alberta."

With the ability to transport approximately 1,000 megawatts of electricity, the new transmission line will enable Alberta to move forward as a leader in wind generation in Canada.

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. 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.

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