EDMONTON, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - Media are invited to a presentation and the launch of a web campaign in opposition to significant transmission infrastructure projects proposed in Alberta. At enmax.com/bill50, Albertans will find out how these proposed projects will significantly impact their home or business electricity bill.
"We are very concerned over the financial impact that these transmission lines will have on the pocketbooks of Albertans and feel we need to take action," said Gary Holden, President and CEO of ENMAX Corporation. "They have a right to know what they are in for if these projects move forward."
What are the transmission projects being proposed?
Bill 50 is proposed new legislation that will push through multi-billion dollar transmission system upgrades for which we as Albertans will bear the cost. If the bill is passed, it will alter the existing approval process to make these upgrades happen. ENMAX would like to see major transmission decisions open to full public input and the need determined by the independent regulator, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC).
Although some transmission infrastructure is needed, ENMAX believes there are alternative, more cost effective means to ensure the lights stay on in Alberta.
Bill 50 is scheduled to be brought forward for its final reading and Royal Assent in the fall session of the legislature when it resumes on October 26. ENMAX hopes the bill will be vigorously debated and Albertans contact their MLA to voice their concerns.
Campaign launch details
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2009
Time: Event starts at 7:30 a.m. sharp. Breakfast will be provided.
Place: Matrix Hotel (10640 100th Avenue, Room Amber B, Edmonton)
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST SERVED
ENMAX Corporation, through subsidiaries and predecessors, has provided Albertans with safe and reliable electricity for more than 100 years. ENMAX Corporation provides electricity, natural gas and value-added services to over 640,000 residential, commercial and industrial metered customer locations in Alberta. ENMAX Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of ENMAX Corporation, is Alberta's leading competitive electricity retailer. Through subsidiaries, ENMAX Energy is one of Alberta's largest investors in renewable energy and the first Canadian electricity retailer to offer customers an option to support wind generated energy. As well, ENMAX Corporation, through its subsidiary ENMAX Envision Inc., provides fibre optic networks for high speed data and internet communications. Visit our website at enmax.com.
SOURCE ENMAX Corporation
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