Alberta has put a 75-kilometer transmission project on hold after interest dwindled for wind farm development in the area southeast of Lethbridge. The Alberta Electric System Operator said it doesn’t know when the 240kV Etzikom Coulee to Whitla (ECW) line will proceed. “Wind generation development in the area has not progressed at the pace originally anticipated,” said AESO.
The proposed line is part of the multi-stage Southern Alberta Transmission Reinforcement (SATR) project approved in 2009. SATR was designed to alleviate existing system constraints and to integrate about 3000MW of southern Alberta wind generation. Read article