ATCO completes major power line project in Alberta

ATCO Electric announced Dec. 16 the completion of the longest transmission line in Alberta’s history, which will be a key pathway for moving renewable energy to load centers in this Canadian province.

The Eastern Alberta Transmission Line (EATL) is a critical component of Alberta’s electrical transmission backbone and will play a key role in bringing renewable energy to Albertans across the province, said the company. The nearly 500-kilometer, 500-kV line connects Brooks in the southeast, to the Gibbons-Redwater area northeast of Edmonton.

“Today we celebrate the completion of a generational investment for Albertans, by an Alberta-grown company,” said Sett Policicchio, President, ATCO Electric. “This transmission line will reinforce our electrical grid for decades.”

By reducing the amount of electricity lost during transmission, EATL’s direct current line reduces the amount of power generation required, saving money as well as thousands of tons of future greenhouse gas emissions. The EATL will also play an important role in the Government of Alberta’s recently released Climate Leadership Plan. The new line provides essential new infrastructure required to move renewable energy – generated by wind and solar – from where it is produced, to where it is needed.

The new line is already working. Immediately following final testing and commissioning, EATL was able to assist the Alberta Electric Service Operator (AESO) in alleviating grid congestion, by moving 300 MW from southern Alberta to the capital region.

ATCO Electric provides delivery of electricity to nearly 224,000 customers in 245 communities across Alberta and is part of the ATCO Group of Companies.

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