Transmission

The Alberta Utilities Commissionexternal link icon (AUC), the provincial regulator, has a mandate to ensure every directly and adversely affected Albertan is informed of a transmission line or substation application, and has the opportunity to have their concerns heard, understood and considered in the review processexternal link icon . If a transmission line or substation has been proposed to go on, across or near your property you can become involved in the AUC process.

Under the Electric Statutes Amendment Act, 2009 (also known as Bill 50), the Government of Alberta approved the need for four critical transmission infrastructure (CTI) projects. It also gave Cabinet the authority to designate future transmission facilities as critical transmission infrastructure. The Electric Utilities Amendment Act (also known as Bill 8) removes this authority and requires all future transmission infrastructure projects to go through a full needs assessment process before the Alberta Utilities Commission. The Government of Alberta will no longer have the authority to approve the need for future critical transmission infrastructure.

Getting Transmission Built: What changes under the Electric Utilities Amendment Act?PDF icon

    How will I be heard?

The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), the provincial regulator, requires transmission facility owners, the companies that build, own and operate transmission infrastructure to carry out consultations before submitting an application for a transmission project.

The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), the province's electricity system planner is required to carry out consultations for transmission planning. AESO is responsible for the safe, reliable and economic planning and operation of Alberta’s interconnected electric system and wholesale electricity market. It is a not-for-profit organization.

The AESO:

  • Provides access to Alberta’s power grid to power generators and distribution companies, as well as for large industrial consumers of electricity.
  • Works with transmission infrastructure owners to ensure fair and timely access to the system.
  • Sets and administers transmission tariffs and applies to the Alberta Utilities Commission for approval.
  • Works to ensure system reliability and manage settlement of the hourly wholesale market and transmission system services.
  • Looks at the long-term growth of Alberta’s electricity system.
  • Builds effective relationships with neighbouring electrical jurisdictions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Electric Utilities Amendment Act, 2012 and what did it change?
Do Albertans have a say about whether transmission lines are needed and where they should go?

Frequently Asked Transmission Consultation Questions

How are Albertans notified?
Who can participate in public hearings?
Who is directly and adversely affected?
When will decisions be made? What do I need to know about getting involved?
When is landowner compensation determined?