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Updated April 2013 

In summer 2012, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) held a public hearing in Red Deer to consider AltaLink’s application to construct and operate the Western Alberta Transmission Line. On December 6, 2012 the AUC approved the majority of the preferred route submitted by AltaLink.

Please click here to visit the AUC's website for details of the decision.

AltaLink process

AltaLink is committed to the participant involvement process as a key input to help identify the best route for this proposed project.

AltaLink’s participant involvement process involved two stages of consultation to gather input from stakeholders. AltaLink gathers input from stakeholders and responds to questions and concerns through newsletters, open houses, information centres, one-on-one meetings, phone calls and electronic communication.

Click here to view the minimum requirements a TFO must meet as part of its public consultation program, set out by the AUC.

AltaLink will submit a Facilities Application to the AUC for its review. The Facilities Application will describe our plans to meet the technical requirements and provides information on routing, environment, costs, project components and schedules and our public consultation program.

In our application, we will summarize stakeholder input received, any commitments made and the manner in which the input received from stakeholders has been addressed. We plan to submit our application in early 2011.

For more information about the public involvement process, please contact us at the information below:

AltaLink - Western Alberta Transmission Line
2611 3 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2A 7W7
Email: westernline [at] altalink [dot] ca
Phone: 1.877.267.5973
Fax: 403.267.5944

AUC Process

The Government of Alberta designated this project as Critical Transmission Infrastructure. To learn more about Critical Transmission Infrastructure projects, please click here.

AltaLink, the Transmission Facility Owner (TFO), was directed to complete siting and engineering work for this project, consult with stakeholders and eventually submit an application to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) for its review.

The AUC is a quasi-judicial agency that is responsible to ensure that the delivery of Alberta’s utility services take place in a manner that is fair, responsible and in the public interest.

The AUC reviews Facilities Applications submitted by AltaLink. Once a Facilities Application is received and deemed complete by the AUC, a Notice of Application is issued. The AUC may hold a written or oral hearing to review evidence from interveners before approving, approving with conditions or denying a Facilities Application.

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