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ATCO Electric Ltd. Loyalist Fibre Optic Connection Project, AUC Decision 28408-D01-2023

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Communication – Facilities

Application

ATCO Electric Ltd. (“AE”) applied for permission to construct and operate 640 meters of underground fibre optic cable from AE’s existing Loyalist 903S Substation to its existing optical protection ground wire on Transmission Line 9L46. The project was located approximately five kilometers southwest of Monitor, Alberta.

Decision

The AUC approved the application as filed.

Pertinent Issues

The AUC determined that the participant involvement program met the requirements of Rule 007: Applications for Power Plants, Substations, Transmission Lines, Industrial System Designations, Hydro Developments and Gas Utility Pipelines. The project site was close to an existing roadway, no vegetation clearance was required and the facilities were located underground. As a result, the AUC agreed with AE that the effects on wildlife and the environment would be minimal.

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