Responsible Electricity Transmission for Albertans
Vote to Bury the Heartland Power Line
RETA has endorsed RICK ORMAN as the next leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party. See RETA’s news release here. RETA is also encouraging its members and other Albertans who support burying new high voltage power lines when they run near densely-populated residential areas and schools to support Orman.
The way to ensure new high voltage power lines in Alberta are buried in these special circumstances is to:
Vote for Rick Orman to become Alberta’s next Premier.
Purchase a $5.00 membership in the Alberta P.C. Party here.
To find out where to vote either at the advance polls on September 13 or at the election day polls on September 17, click on your provincial constituency here. (For example, residents living along the Sherwood Park and Edmonton Greenbelts, where AltaLink and EPCOR propose to build the Heartland line, would click on Sherwood Park, Strathcona, or Edmonton Ellerslie.)
Voting in this election is about getting new high voltage power lines buried when they should be, to reduce or eliminate negative impacts of overhead lines. It doesn’t matter how you normally vote in a provincial general election (which may well be called in Spring 2012); rather it’s about ensuring that an Alberta Government policy is written before the next provincial election that allows new power lines, such as the proposed Heartland line, to be buried in special circumstances.
On August 25, 2011, Rick Orman held a news conference in Sherwood Park where he clearly stated that, if he becomes Premier, he would ensure a new policy is developed that would allow new high voltage power lines to get buried in special circumstances when they are built near schools or densely-populated residential areas. He cited the proposed Heartland line, with its massive 77-metre-tall (253 feet) towers, as an example. (See articles in the Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun and Sherwood Park News.)
Orman also indicated that any additional capital costs of burying new high voltage lines in special circumstances should be shared by all Alberta ratepayers, just as is the case with other electricity transmission infrastructure. He went on to say that “While the capital costs of burying a high-voltage power line may be higher than those for above-ground lines, these are offset by lower maintenance and loss-of-transmission costs for an underground line throughout its lifetime.”