Alberta Utilities Commission releases Heartland Transmission Project Decision

EDMONTON, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - The Alberta Utilities Commission, the regulating body covering Alberta's energy industry, today approved construction of the Heartland Transmission Project, along the East Transportation Utility Corridor (TUC) route with overhead power lines. The project will include the use of monopoles along a 9.5 km stretch in the TUC.

"The Heartland Project Team appreciates the contribution of the many stakeholders who have been involved with the project during the past few years," said Guy Bridgeman, EPCOR Senior Vice-President, Strategic Development and Planning, and spokesman for the Heartland Transmission Project. "We will now take some time to go through the decision, and expect to begin construction as early as December."

The proposed Heartland Transmission Project involves the construction of a double circuit 500kV transmission line, which will connect the Heartland region (northeast of Fort Saskatchewan) to existing 500kV transmission facilities. AltaLink and EPCOR, the Heartland Project Team, are working together on the project's development. The Heartland Transmission Project has been identified by the Province as critical infrastructure.

More information will be available after the project team completes its review of the AUC decision.

About EPCOR Utilities Inc.
EPCOR's wholly-owned subsidiaries build, own and operate electrical transmission and distribution networks, water and wastewater treatment facilities and infrastructure in Canada and the United States. EPCOR, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, is an Alberta Top 50 employer. EPCOR's website is www.epcor.ca

About AltaLink, L.P.
AltaLink, Canada's only fully independent transmission provider, is responsible for the maintenance and operation of more than 11,800 kilometres of transmission lines and approximately 270 substations in Alberta. As Alberta's largest supplier of safe and reliable transmission, AltaLink is moving forward to provide a transmission system that will continue to meet the growing needs of Albertans. AltaLink has been a proud supporter of Alberta 4-H since 2003, and as a Legacy Builder it is the title sponsor of all regional, district and provincial communications and public speaking programs.

SOURCE EPCOR Utilities Inc.

For further information:

Tim le Riche
780-969-8238
tleriche@epcor.ca

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