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May 6, 2015

Town and residents work with AltaLink on collaborative tower solution

CANMORE, Alberta – Feedback from Canmore residents and cooperation with the Town of Canmore has resulted in the ability for AltaLink to continue to supply reliable power to the region without adding height to the existing telecommunications tower in the town.

Interference with the Canmore telecommunications tower’s radio signal was determined to be a risk to the reliability of the electric system in the area. In January, AltaLink presented a project to Canmore residents that involved increasing the height of the existing tower, built in 2010, by approximately 20 metres in order for it to attain a clear signal. However, after exploring several options, AltaLink worked with the Town of Canmore to develop a solution that would not require an increase in tower height.

Throughout consultation with stakeholders and at the open house AltaLink hosted on January 28, residents expressed concern about increasing the tower height.

“Our goal is always to find the best solution for a project. Working with the Town of Canmore, we determined that managing the height of the trees obstructing the telecommunications tower’s signal path would allow us to ensure the reliability of the telecommunications network without increasing the tower’s height,” said Jorge Gimon, project manager at AltaLink. “Through cooperation, we preserved the reliability of the electricity system and addressed a concern for the people of Canmore without presenting Alberta ratepayers with the added cost of a new tower.”

Nearby residents will be receiving notices informing them of the cancellation of the project. Information on the original proposed project can be found here

Headquartered in Calgary, with offices in Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge, AltaLink is Alberta's largest electricity transmission provider. We are committed to meeting the province’s demand for electricity, providing innovative solutions, and partnering with our stakeholders and communities in doing so. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, AltaLink is part of a global group of companies delivering electricity and utility services to customers worldwide.

For more information please contact:

Peter Brodsky
Manager, External Communications
AltaLink
Phone: 403.267.2110
Cell: 403.852.0021
E-mail: Peter.Brodsky@altalink.ca

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