• Central Alberta Transmission Projects

Red Deer Area Transmission Development

Project overview

Red Deer and the surrounding areas have grown significantly in recent years and the demand for electricity has increased. Transmission system reinforcements are required to make sure homes, farms and businesses continue to have a reliable supply of electricity for years to come.

Stage 1 of the development was completed in late 2013. On July 29, 2014, AltaLink received approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to construct componants that fall under stages 2 and 3 of the development.

Currently we are preparing for construction activities in the Ponoka, Didsbury, Sylvan Lake and Red Deer areas. Construction in the Innisfail area is scheduled to begin in the summer or fall of 2015. Construction on all project components is expected to be complete by the summer or fall of 2016.

Click here for the typical stages of substation construction.
Click here for the typical stages of transmission line construction.

More information about each stage of the project, including newsletters and maps can be found below.

Project updates

Upcoming trail closures in the City of Red Deer 

Starting Monday, October 27 AltaLink is brushing and clearing our existing transmission line right-of-way in the City of Red Deer between the areas of 82 Street and Taylor Drive. This will allow us to safely prepare construction workspaces for rebuilidng the 80L transmission line. The clearing will only take place within AltaLink's existing right-of-way. There will be no vegetation removal outside of the right-of-way at this time.

As a result of the brushing and clearing activity, there will be some trail closures in these areas at times:

• Mountain bike paths crossing the right-of-way north and east of the Mountain Bike Park
• South of 77 Street to Parsons Close

This work is expected to take approximately one to two weeks to complete. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Read AltaLink's letter to the editor of the Red Deer Advocate - printed on Friday, October 10, 2014

There has been some misinformation in the public recently about AltaLink's Red Deer Area Transmission Development. On October 7, 2014 AltaLink submitted a letter to the editor in order to clarify details about the project and AltaLink's processes, especially with respect to the portion of the project that goes through the Pines neighbourhood in the City of Red Deer.

New transmission line east of Lacombe (423L) 
As part of Stage 3 of the development, AltaLink is also proposing to build a new transmission line, called 423L, east of Lacombe. AltaLink included this component in the original application that was filed with the AUC but we are continuing to look at our options for the proposed new transmission line. As a result, the AUC has postponed its consideration of the 423L component. AltaLink is continuing to communicate with stakeholders near the proposed 423L transmission line as the project progresses and we submitted a revised application to the AUC for the 423L project on October 6, 2014.

Project details

The proposed Red Deer Area Transmission Development is divided into five stages.

  • Stage 1substation upgrades: upgrading six substations
  • Stage 2transmission line rebuilds: rebuilding nearly 75 kilometres of existing transmission lines in the Red Deer and Sylvan Lake areas
  • Stage 3new substations and transmission lines: building new substations near Ponoka, Innisfail and Didsbury and building approximately 50 kilometres of new transmission lines near the substations and east of Lacombe
  • Stage 4removing existing transmission lines: removing approximately 75 kilometres of transmission line from Wetaskiwin to Lacombe and approximately 25 kilometres of transmission line from Red Deer to Innisfail
  • Stage 5 - 166L transmission line rebuild: rebuilding approximately 15 kilometres of existing transmission line and upgrading an existing substation near Didsbury

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Newsletters and maps

October 2014

August 2014

January 2014

July 2013

January 2013

November 2012

August 2012

November 2011

June/July 2011

October 2014

August 2014

January 2014

August 2013

July 2013

May 2013

February 2013

June 2012

February 2012

January 2012

July 2011


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