The Alberta Utilities Commission on Aug. 10 approved applications from the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), ATCO Electric Ltd. and AltaGas Holdings Inc. relating to the interconnection of the Kent Energy Plant in the Cold Lake area.
The commission found the AESO’s assessment of the need to be correct and that approval of the proposed development is in the public interest. The AESO had filed an application for approval of the need to connect the AltaGas Kent Energy Plant to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System via a new switching substation and 144-kV transmission line.
ATCO filed facility applications with the commission for approval to construct and operate a new substation, designated as Morrison 2051S Substation, a new single-circuit 144-kV transmission line, designated as Transmission Line 7L210, from AltaGas’s Kent 328S Substation to the proposed Morrison 2051S Substation, and to alter the existing Transmission Line 7L24 to connect it to the Morrison 2051S Substation in an in-and-out configuration.
AltaGas already has approval to construct and operate a 95-MW natural gas-fired plant and a 13.8-kV/144-kV step-up substation, designated as the Kent Energy Plant and the Kent 328S Substation, respectively. AltaGas requested approval to connect the Kent Energy Plant to ATCO’s transmission system.