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AUC announces details of community hearing sessions for Heartland Transmission Project application

11 Jan 2011

Edmonton... The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has set dates and times for community hearing sessions as part of its enhanced public hearing process for the Heartland Transmission Project application. The Commission requires anyone choosing this option to register for one of the sessions by February 28, 2011.

“The three-member Commission panel, hearing the Heartland application, will come to six different community locations in the evenings near both the proponents’ preferred and alternate routes,” said AUC Director of External Affairs Jim Law. “The Commission is ensuring a convenient option is available for those who do not want to, or cannot attend the full formal public hearing to still make a brief submission directly to the panel.”

Alternatively, those parties the Commission considers may be directly and adversely affected by its decision on the Heartland Transmission Project application may participate in the formal public hearing or provide a written submission.

Date/Time

Location

Venue

7 p.m. April 19, 2011

Spruce Grove

Elks Hall
400 Diamond Avenue

7 p.m. April 20, 2011

Sherwood Park

Coast Edmonton East
2100 Premier Way

7 p.m. April 21, 2011

Morinville

St. Jean Baptiste Hall
10020 100 Avenue

7 p.m. April 25, 2011

Bon Accord

Community Hall
4931 50 Avenue

*7 p.m. April 27, 2011

Fort Saskatchewan

Lakeview Inn & Suites
10115 88 Avenue

*7 p.m. April 28, 2011

South Edmonton

Woodvale Facility & Golf Clubhouse
4540 50 Street

The Commission also announced today that after a review of the Heartland application, it finds that it now includes all of the information required by law and the Commission’s rules, and is considered complete. The formal public hearing to consider whether the proposed routing is in the public interest will begin at 9 a.m. on April 11, 2011 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 118 Avenue.

The Heartland Transmission Project application requests approval from the AUC to construct and operate a 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, along with associated facilities, connecting the 500-kV transmission system on the south side of Edmonton to a proposed substation north of the city. The applicants are AltaLink L.P. and EPCOR Distribution & Transmission Inc.

The AUC published details of the public hearing start date and location, community hearing sessions and general process schedule through notices in daily and weekly newspapers, notice by direct mail, updates on its website (www.auc.ab.ca) direct notification to those already registered with the AUC for the Heartland Transmission Project application, as well as Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Alberta-Utilities-Commission/141530705903353) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/AUC_Alberta).

The Alberta Utilities Commission is an independent, quasi-judicial agency of the province of Alberta.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Name: Jim Law, Director of External Affairs
Phone: 403-512-3417 (cell)
Email: jim [dot] law [at] auc [dot] ab [dot] ca

Posted January 13, 2011 by AEN

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