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On December 6, 2011, the Government of Alberta announced the establishment of the Critical Transmission Review Committee (the Committee). The Committee is mandated to review the process and information used by the Alberta Electric System Operator (“AESO”) in considering and developing the north-south transmission reinforcement plan. The Government of Alberta news release is enclosed for your information.
As an initial step in this review, the Committee is contacting key stakeholders in order to give them an opportunity to provide information to the Committee. The information the Committee views as particularly relevant and within scope is information that directly relates to:
- The AESO’s load and generation forecast, including the ability of the north-south transmission reinforcement to serve existing and new generators and load;
- The use of HVDC technology for the north-south transmission reinforcement;
- The timing of both north-south transmission lines; and
- Suggested amendments to the Electric Statutes Amendment Act, 2009 (formerly Bill 50), specifically related to cabinet authority to approve critical transmission infrastructure and the north-south reinforcement projects.
The Committee must provide a report to the Minister of Energy by February 10, 2012. The report will include the Committee’s comments and recommendations regarding the reasonableness of several key elements of the AESO’s plan and amendments to the Electric Statutes Amendment Act, 2009.