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The Electricity Debate: The Tough Questions

Scott Thon, President and CEO of AltaLink spoke at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce along with Stephen Snyder, CEO of TransAlta on Thursday, October 8, 2009. Please click on the link below to view Scott's speaking notes.

Facts about the need for transmission

As AltaLink provides power for 85 per cent of Albertans, we feel it’s important that Albertans have all of the facts about the need for transmission so the following is a list of frequently asked questions.

Transmission's New Role - Beyond Reliability

AltaLink is Alberta’s transmission leader, owning and operating 12,500 kilometres of transmission lines and approximately 290 substations. Serving 85 per cent of Alberta’s population, the cost of using AltaLink’s grid has reduced by more than 40 per cent since the opening of deregulation in 1996, while generation capacity in Alberta has risen by 38 per cent and demand has risen by 21 per cent.

Fear Factor - Electricity is no game

The Canadian Electricity Association expressed serious concerns regarding the scheduled airing of “Fear Factor” on January 31, 2005 on Global Television, which will feature, according to the “Sneak Preview” on the NBC Website, a stunt in which participants stand at a high-voltage electrical substation and receive “minor” nuisance shocks.

AltaLink's Transmission Planning Strategy

On Wednesday, October 17, 2007, AltaLink announced its new transmission planning strategy and vision for land use in Alberta. It invited the government, industry, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and landowners to support an innovative approach to transmission planning.

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Workplace Safety at AltaLink
Essential services that are critical to Albertans, such as hospitals, rely on large amounts of power. On average, hospitals
use 1,875,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity a month.