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November 2011

Electric system improvements near you Medicine Hat 138 kV Transmission Project Preferred and Alternate Route Update

Did you know? A reliable transmission system keeps costs low by connecting diverse sources of power generation to the grid. Transmission costs make up about 10% of the average residential utility bill. Generation costs – the cost of actually creating power – make up the largest portion of a bill, at more than 50%. The transmission system always connects the lowest priced generator to the grid first, so generators compete to provide Albertans with cost-effective electricity.

You are receiving this newsletter because you are near the proposed Medicine Hat 138 kV Transmission Project and we want your input. We would like to provide you with an update about the Medicine Hat 138 kV Transmission Project. In January 2011, we announced our preferred and alternate routes. Since that time we have continued to meet with landowners located along these proposed routes to discuss the project and gather input. This input has helped us further refine our preferred and alternate routing and add new route segments. Changes to the routing since January 2011 include: • More refined routes: two alternate routes have been identified from the previous alternate routing. • Variant route options: variant routes are a minor variation to the routing and provide additional options. We have added variant route segments to the preferred and alternate routes. • Refined substation connections: we have further refined the configuration of the transmission lines entering and exiting Bullshead and Bowmanton substations.

Definition

Transmission Transmission lines make up Alberta’s electric highway, linking the places where power is generated to where power is used. Transmission lines transport large amounts of power over long distances across the province. The transmission system connects diverse sources of power generation including wind, high-efficiency coal, natural gas and more.

CONTACT US 1-877-269-5903 (toll free) satrinfo@altalink.ca Visit us online at www.altalink.ca


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AltaLink submits Facilities Applications to the AUC for review. A Facilities Application describes how AltaLink proposes to meet the requirement for a transmission project. It includes routing details, results of the participant involvement program and technical details. Facilities Applications must be approved by the AUC before construction can begin.

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The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) ensures the fair and responsible delivery of Alberta’s utility services. AltaLink submits applications for new transmission projects to the AUC and the AUC reviews them in a public process.

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Preferred Variant Option Urban Area Alternate Routes Water Body Alternate Variant Option The refined routes and additional segment options included in this newsletter Upgrade Route Upgrade Route

will be submitted to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) for consideration when we file our Facilities Application in winter 2011/2012. Also included in this newsletter is an overview of temporary workspace needed during project construction, as well as information regarding access trails that will be used during the construction process and beyond.

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Preferred and alternate routes

Our updated preferred route is shown below. After further refinement of our original alternate routing we have created alternate routes 1A and 1B, which can be seen below. The original preferred and alternate routing from January 2011 is also shown below. Original preferred and alternate routing

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Preferred variant route option A variant route option on the preferred route is located in the area south of the Bullshead Substation, along Range Road 63 between Township Roads 120 and 114. This segment is 3.2 kilometres in length and is being proposed as an alternative to the portion of the preferred route in Section 27 and 34-T11-R6 - W4, which is located on private property. Only a single route as approved by the AUC will be constructed.

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AltaLink’s transmission system efficiently delivers electricity to 85% of Albertans. Dedicated to meeting the growing need for electricity, AltaLink connects Albertans to renewable, reliable and low-cost power. With a commitment to community and environment, AltaLink is ensuring the transmission system will support Albertans’ quality of life for years to come. Learn more at www.altalink.ca

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A variant route option on the alternate route is also located south of the Bullshead Substation and heads north at Range Road 61A until turning west and paralleling Township Road 120. This segment is three kilometres in length and is being proposed as an alternative to the segment of the alternate routes in Section 35 and 34-T11-R6-W4, which is located on private property. Only a single route as approved by the AUC will be constructed.

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At the Bullshead Substation, the existing 138 kV transmission line (879L) will be disconnected from the substation and will be added to the proposed transmission line. The new transmission line will connect to the Bullshead Substation. The below figure shows the proposed configuration at Bullshead Substation.

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At the Bowmanton Substation, four structures (which carry five transmission lines) will connect to the Bowmanton Substation. The figure below shows the proposed configuration at Bowmanton Substation.

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Upgrade Route Existing Transmission Line Road

AltaLink has more than 12,000 kilometres of transmission lines in the province. When a transmission line is removed from service, we ensure the wood poles that once supported electric wires are reused or recycled. We’ve recycled more than 400 poles to date and are investigating innovative methods like turning the poles into bio-fuel. For more information about AltaLink’s environmental initiatives please visit www.altalink.ca/environment.

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Retired ROUTING

A route segment along Highway 41 was removed from consideration after further refining the alternate routing to alternate routes 1A and 1B. Two other segments – one located in an undeveloped road allowance north of Dunmore and one near Desert Blume Golf Course – were identified as having higher environmental impacts and have been removed from consideration. 65

If a structure is located on a road allowance near your property, there may be a need for a temporary workspace and the additional required right‐of‐way located on your property.

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Easement required

The majority of the preferred and alternate routes are located on road allowances. For the portions that are located on private property, AltaLink will require easements from landowners. An easement may also be required at points where the transmission route turns or is at an angle. The additional area required on property adjacent to a turn or angle is approximately five by five metres (16 by 16 feet). Discussion regarding acquiring these spaces will be negotiated on a individual basis with landowners. Access trails and workspace area

For construction purposes, access trails to the right‐of‐way have been identified along the preferred and alternate routes. These access trails are in areas where access may be limited for a number of reasons, including irrigation canals, ditches or coulees that make driving along the right‐of‐way impractical. In some areas, undeveloped road allowances have also been identified as access trails. Access trails are identified with a dotted brown line on the updated maps included in this package.

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Optional temporary workspace and additional required right‐of‐way is needed for the safe construction of the transmission structures including the structure assembly, installation and stringing. At all structure locations, AltaLink will be seeking workspace area in addition to the 20 metre transmission line right‐of‐way. Landowners will receive compensation for both optional temporary workspace and the additional required right‐of‐way. Discussions regarding acquiring these spaces will be negotiated on an individual basis with landowners. What’s next?

We will continue to be available to meet with stakeholders to discuss the project and the updated preferred and alternate routes. We are currently preparing our Facility Application to submit to the AUC in winter 2011/2012. We will notify stakeholders when we file the application. To learn more about the AUC process and how you can become involved, please refer to the brochure included in this package titled Public Involvement in Needs or Facilities Applications.

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More information To learn more about the proposed project, please contact: AltaLink

1-877-269-5903 (toll-free) Email: satrinfo@altalink.ca To learn more about Alberta’s electric system and the need for the project, please contact: Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

1-888-866-2959 (toll-free) Email: stakeholder.relations@aeso.ca To learn more about the application and review process, please contact: Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)

2611 - 3rd Avenue SE Calgary, Alberta T2A 7W7

780-427-4903 (You can call toll-free by dialing 310-0000 before the number) Email: utilitiesconcerns@auc.ab.ca

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