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Alberta OKs construction of Montana-Alberta transmission line

Platts|August 13, 2008
MontanaCanadaImpact on LandscapeEnergy Policy

The Alberta Utilities Commission's approval Tuesday of the proposed Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. line was the final Canadian permit needed for the 240-kV AC line, which would interconnect electricity markets and carry 300 MW north and south. The commission said the proposed line satisfied its conditions, including a process for negotiating disputes with landowners. ...Wind farm developers in Alberta and Montana have fully subscribed the line for marketing power both north and south.


Tonbridge Power has received from Alberta regulators a permit to build its proposed C$140-million (US$130 million) 215-mile international transmission line that would stretch from Lethbridge, Alberta, to Great Falls, Montana, the Toronto-based developer said Wednesday.

The Alberta Utilities Commission's approval Tuesday of the proposed Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. line was the final Canadian permit needed for the 240-kV AC line, which would interconnect electricity markets and carry 300 W north and south. The commission said the proposed line satisfied its conditions, including a process for negotiating disputes with landowners.

US approvals still are needed for the line. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the US Department of Energy are expected to release soon a final environmental impact statement that will identify the final route so that the agencies can issue final permits. The project is targeted to go online in 2009.

The line--86 miles of which would be in Alberta and 129 miles in Montana--would connect to AltaLink's grid in Alberta and to NorthWestern's transmission grid in the US. Wind farm developers in Alberta and Montana have fully subscribed the line for marketing power both north and south.

 


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