CALGARY, June 6 /CNW/ - The Alberta Electric System Operator is proposing
to construct at least one, and perhaps two, 500 kilovolt transmission lines
from Edmonton to Calgary over the next few years.
While there is no doubt the province needs additional infrastructure to
meet its growing demand for electricity, large transmission lines may not be
the best choice.
Alberta consumers deserve a comprehensive public evaluation of all viable
options to meet their need for reliable power, including new transmission
lines, generation located next to major loads, and voluntary load curtailment
(also known as "demand response").
The benefits of evolving technologies such as microgeneration and
advanced metering must also be considered.
If it turns out, based on a comprehensive evaluation, that large
transmission lines are the best option, they should be built.
On the other hand, if other technically, environmentally, and socially
acceptable alternatives can be developed at a lower cost, Alberta's
Transmission Regulation should support those alternatives over transmission.
ENMAX Corporation has prepared two papers on this issue.
1. The first is a two page summary, entitled "Does Alberta have
Alternatives to New 500 kV lines?"
2. A comprehensive White Paper, entitled "Fostering the Efficient
Development of Alberta's Electricity Infrastructure through Changes
to the Transmission Regulation". This paper more fully explores
transmission and non-transmission options to meet Alberta's growing
demand for electricity.
Both of these documents can be accessed at www.enmax.com/500KVLine.
ENMAX Corporation, through subsidiaries and predecessors, has provided
Albertans with safe and reliable electricity for more than 100 years. ENMAX
provides electricity, natural gas and value-added services to more than half a
million residential, commercial and industrial customer accounts in Alberta.
Through a subsidiary, ENMAX Energy is one of Alberta's largest investors in
renewable energy with partial ownership of the McBride Lake Wind Farm and
complete ownership of the Taber Wind Farm. ENMAX Energy's Greenmax was one of
the first green power marketing programs in Canada, and celebrates its 10th
anniversary in 2008. Visit our website at enmax.com.
You can choose any retailer listed at www.ucahelps.gov.ab.ca or at
310-4822. Electricity delivery to your home or business isn't affected by your
choice of retailer.
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For further information: ENMAX Media Line: (403) 689-6150