ATCO Electric won approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission to build the Eastern Alberta Transmission Line. The 500-kV direct current line, and its associated converter stations and facilities, extends from the Gibbons area northeast of Edmonton to an area near Brooks in southeast Alberta. It adds additional capacity to Alberta's existing electricity transmission system.
In developing the application, ATCO Electric conducted an extensive public engagement process that included information campaigns, open houses and thousands of individual meetings with landowners. The information gained through this process was instrumental in defining the preferred and alternate routes submitted by ATCO Electric and, ultimately, the route approved by the AUC.
When complete, the Eastern Alberta Transmission Line will reinforce the reliability, increase the capacity and improve the efficiency of the Alberta grid. The line will help meet the growing demand for electricity in the province, allowing it to flow from where it is generated to where it is needed.