Deadline to file a report on transmussion line project is Nov. 17

Anyone with concerns regarding a Red Deer area transmission line project have until Nov. 17 to file a report to the Alberta Utilities Commission.

Anyone with concerns regarding a Red Deer area transmission line project have until Nov. 17 to file a report to the Alberta Utilities Commission.

The Red Deer Region Transmission System project is being considered to serve proposed forecasted load increases.

If no submissions are received, the utilities commission may make a decision on the application without any further notice or process.

The application filed by Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) deals only with the need for transmission development and not the construction of the facilities. AESO is responsible for planning electric facility transmission development in Alberta.

Anyone who would like to express their concerns can receive a submission form through www.auc.ab.ca on the Forms page of the Newsroom section.

The project would be built by AltaLink.

The proposed Red Deer area transmission development is divided into four stages, in order:

• Upgrading six substations.

• Rebuilding nearly 75 km of existing transmission lines in the Red Deer and Sylvan Lake areas.

• AltaLink would build new substations near Ponoka, Innisfail and Didsbury. It would also build about 50 km of new transmission lines near the substations and east of Lacombe. Plus, it would remove about 25 km of an existing transmission line from Red Deer to Innisfail.

• Finally, the project would remove about 75 km of a transmission line from Wetaskiwin to Lacombe.

AltaLink’s application is set to be filed in February or March 2012. If approved, construction on the estimated $200-million project could then begin in spring 2013 and would take about a year.