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The Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) has granted Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. a permit to construct and license to operate a 346 kilometer, 230 kV alternating current international power line (IPL) from the County of Lethbridge, Alberta, to a substation near Great Falls, Mont.

The EUB concluded that MATL has met all the conditions set out in a January Decision Report 2008-006 that granted conditional approval of the IPL. This most recent EUB approval is the final major Canadian regulatory requirement for the transmission line. MATL says a joint Montana Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Department of Energy final environmental impact assessment is expected to be released later this summer, clearing the way for the issue of final permits approving construction and operation of the MATL line in Montana.

The IPL will link the Alberta and Montana power grids to help make the systems more stable, and MATL says Montana-based wind farms have purchased all of the capacity on the line with plans to export power to the Alberta market.

SOURCE: Montana Alberta Tie Ltd.

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