Export of Alberta Electricity

Although many Albertans, certainly those who work in the electricity generation and transmission industries, are aware of plans to export Alberta electricity to the U.S., we thought we would just remind our readers of this fact. One could certainly argue, “Well what’s wrong with exporting electricity…..we export all kinds of other resources and products…..why not electricity?”  So this is not necessarily wrong or bad for Alberta…..but just wait a minute.

If the power lines to export this electricity were paid for by the companies that profit from the transmission and sale of this electricity to the U.S., this would be acceptable to many Albertans. However, this is not the case. The cost of some of these high voltage power lines (called critical transmission infrastructure) that will be part of the transmission system to export our electricity south, will be paid for by Alberta electricity consumers. This is not alright. Whoever gets the profits should pay the transmission costs.

The NorthernLights proposal involves the export of electricity through transmission lines running from Alberta to Oregon, and then other lines on the drawing board will carry the electricity to California, Nevada and elsewhere.  For details of the NorthernLights proposal within the overall plans of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), visit http://www.docstoc.com/docs/58423643/WECC-Phase-1-Rating-Process-Coordinated-Planning-and . (The NorthernLights proposal is summarized on pages 66-71 of the power point at this site.)

~ by RETA on October 28, 2010.

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