No. Substation locations are not final until ENMAX Power Corporation has received approval for a license and permit from the Alberta Utilites Commission (AUC). The AUC is the governing body that regulates the energy industry in Alberta. The exact location of the substation is subject to a number of things.
First, ENMAX Power will review the area from an engineering perspective and review load requirements, location of existing transmission and distribution lines, etc. Wherever possible, substations are located in Provincial Transportation Utility Corridors. Once ENMAX Power has researched the area, we identify a proposed site and at least two alternate sites. Before we apply for a license and permit from the AUC, we want to understand what questions, if any, people who work and live in the area may have regarding each site. We hope to address those questions through different public involvement processes, information packages and meetings. Following the public consultation, ENMAX Power submits an application to the AUC for a permit and license to build, operate and maintain the substation. Building of the substation will not proceed until we receive a permit and license from the AUC.
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