in News Departments > Policy Watch
print the content item

The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), a Calgary, Alberta-based provider of access to the province's power grid for generation and distribution companies, has received approval from the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) for $300 million to strengthen the power grid of the northwestern region by 2009.

According to the company, this approval follows other approved and planned transmission system enhancements that will see a total of about $1 billion in investments to strengthen Alberta's transmission system.

"We are pleased the EUB approved all the transmission facilities we applied for in our northwest need document," says Neil Millar, AESO's vice-president of transmission. "These are critical facilities to continue to reliably meet the electricity needs of consumers in northwestern Alberta."

The first phase of the transmission development includes adding about $33 million in new transformers and capacitor banks by 2007, and building four new transmission lines and associated equipment for an investment of about $263 million by 2009, the company says.

The second phase is to have a right-of-way acquired, at an estimated cost of $2.5 million, for future transmission developments in the region by 2014.


IowaDeptEconDevel_id1863

Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Report Disputes U.S. Agency's Renewable Energy Projections

A new analysis from the Sun Day Campaign says renewables are slated to provide 16% of U.S. generating capacity by 2018 - over 20 years earlier than forecast by the Energy Information Administration.


Kansas Renewables Mandate Survives Yet Another Attack, But Is It Too Early To Celebrate?

Over the past three years, some legislators have tried to either weaken or repeal the state's renewable portfolio standard, which requires Kansas utilities to reach 20% renewables by 2020.


AWEA Highlights U.S. Wind Success Stories Of 2013

Despite a 92% drop in new capacity last year, the sector still has myriad reasons to celebrate, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association.


Feds List New Bird Species As Threatened - Should Wind Developers Be Worried?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating the lesser prairie-chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. An expert explains how this might affect the wind industry.


Senate Committee Passes Bill With Two-Year PTC Extension

The Senate Finance Committee has voted on a tax extenders package, which includes both the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit, and sent it to the floor.

WomenofWind_id
JLG_id1900
Acciona_id1907
UEA_id1896
bonfiglioli_id1913
AWEA_id1886