AltaLink is proposing to upgrade its transmission system in the Red Deer, Wetaskiwin and Didsbury areas to make sure that residents and businesses continue to have a reliable supply of electricity for years to come.
This project includes:
- upgrading six substations
- rebuilding approximately 75 kilometres of existing transmission lines
- building three new substations
- building approximately 50 kilometres of new transmission lines
- removing approximately 100 kilometres of existing transmission lines
The proposed Red Deer Area Transmission Development is divided into five stages.
- Stage 1 – substation upgrades: upgrading six substations
- Stage 2 – transmission line rebuilds: rebuilding nearly 75 kilometres of existing transmission lines in the Red Deer and Sylvan Lake areas
- Stage 3 – new 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 4 – removing 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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Street lane and pathway closures, along with other important project information, can be found on this page during the construction process.
Helicopter work in Red Deer: September 7
We will be using a helicopter in Red Deer to install bird diverters on a portion of our recently built transmission line (not yet in service) over Piper Creek between Bower and Southbrook. The work will begin at 8:00 a.m. and we anticipate it will take approximately two hours to complete.
The location of the work is directly east of Barret Drive and west of 40th Avenue. Please note that pathways in the area will be closed only while the work is taking place.
This work is part of AltaLink’s Avian Protection Plan, a management system designed to reduce the impact our transmission facilities can have on birds. AltaLink was the first Canadian utility to develop such a plan. More information can be found here.