Alberta power bills to get a jolt due to transmission upgrades

Alberta’s electrical operator says power bills will go up $8 a month as a result of billions of dollars in upgrades to the province’s transmission network.

CALGARY — Alberta’s electrical operator says power bills will go up $8 a month as a result of billions of dollars in upgrades to the province’s transmission network.

David Erickson, president of the Alberta Electric System Operator, says the upgrades are necessary because no major projects have been built in the last 20 years.

Erickson says five major projects that are needed urgently will cost $8.1 billion.

An additional $6.4 billion in secondary projects are being planned.

Erickson says the current inefficient system is losing $220 million worth of electricity each year.

He says future plans include wind, solar and water power, but nuclear energy is not being considered.

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