The Alberta Utilities Commission (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 process . 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.
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.
- 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.
- AESO news release A new approach to meeting the need for transmission in Alberta (May 9, 2013)
- AUC news release Alberta Utilities Commission approves Western Alberta Transmission Line (December 6, 2012) Alberta’s independent utilities regulator has approved the Western Alberta Transmission Line (WATL) , with several route or tower options chosen to minimize landowner and agricultural impacts.
- Critical Transmission Review Committee Report
The Critical Transmission Review Committee was an independent committee tasked to review the reasonableness of the AESO’s plan for critical transmission infrastructure between Edmonton and Calgary, including their timing, the proposed technology, AESO forecasts, and identifying appropriate changes to the Electric Statutes Amendment Act, 2009.
- Investing in the Economy, the government response to the CTRC report
- Bill 8, the Electric Utilities Amendment Act, 2012 (based on input from Albertans and the response document above)
- 2009 Electric Transmission system study
The Transmission Facilities Cost Monitoring Committee was established by the Minister of Energy in July 2010 and is responsible for reviewing records related to cost, scope, schedule and variances of Alberta transmission facility projects that are forecast to cost in excess of $100 million.