Power line hearings planned

Residents and stakeholders in the corridors from Red Deer to Vermilion to Edgerton to Provost are invited to a series of open houses next month to hear more about transmission line development in their region.

Residents and stakeholders in the corridors from Red Deer to Vermilion to Edgerton to Provost are invited to a series of open houses next month to hear more about transmission line development in their region.

As the demand for power rises, a new 240 kV transmission system is needed, according to the Alberta Electric System Operator.

AESO plans the provincial transmission system but doesn’t propose routes for new transmission lines or locations for new substations. These will be proposed by AltaLink and ATCO Electric later in the process and must be approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission. The commission regulates transmission development across the province.

The first open house is in Red Deer on Aug. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Black Knight Inn.

An open house in Halkirk runs on Aug. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Halkirk Community Hall.

A second Red Deer open house is the following day, Aug. 26, at the same time, again at the Black Knight Inn.

Stettler’s open house is scheduled for Aug. 27, also the same time, at the Stettler Community Hall.

For more information, visit www.aeso.ca/VREP or www.poweringalberta.com or contact 1-888-866-2959 or stakeholder.relations@aeso.ca.

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