Most people don’t think about the transmission system. At the flick of a switch your light goes on - and it should.
At AltaLink, we think about transmission - a lot. Not just because it’s our business but because we know our transmission lines and substations provide real benefits to every Albertan. We call it the Value of Transmission. It includes improving reliability and ensuring your lights come on and stay on as the province grows and connecting you to new renewable energy which reduces the need to burn fossil fuels. And because the transmission system enables competition between electricity suppliers, it gives you access to the lowest price power Alberta has to offer, it means more money in your wallet at the end of the day.
Today we’re working on new projects across central and southern Alberta that will deliver on this promise of value. Projects like the Western Alberta Transmission Line that is the best solution to meeting Alberta’s growing demand for reliable, low priced electricity. And, around Red Deer where we are reinforcing an aging system, allowing us to remove close to 100 kilometres of existing transmission lines crossing farmers’ fields.
At the same time, we’re keeping our existing 12,000 kilometres of lines and 280 substations running smoothly. Our province has added more than one million people since the last major transmission development and our demand for electricity has doubled. Keeping the lights on gets more challenging with every new flat-screen TV and air conditioner that gets plugged in. It’s a challenge we’re up for.
I want you to know that as a public utility, we have a responsibility to you. We will keep your lights on, operate safely and manage our costs carefully. We take this responsibility seriously - twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year, we deliver value. That’s my commitment to you.