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ATCO Electric Ltd. Touchwood Telecommunications Tower Connection Project, AUC Decision 28442-D01-2023

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Communications – Facilities

Application

ATCO Electric Ltd (“AE”) applied to decommission and salvage the Touchwood Microwave Power Plant and alter the Touchwood Telecommunications Tower Site by connecting it to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System (“AIES”).

Decision

The AUC approved AE’s applications to decommission and salvage the Touchwood Microwave Power Plant, and to alter the Touchwood Telecommunications Tower Site.

Pertinent Issues

The AUC found that the proposed project was in the public interest in accordance with s 17 of the Alberta Utilities Commission Act. The AUC found that the applications comply with the information requirements set out in Rule 007: Applications for Power Plants, Substations, Transmission Lines, Industrial System Designations, Hydro Developments and Gas Utility Pipelines (“Rule 007”) and that the participant involvement program met the requirements of Rule 007. Further, the AUC believed that the temporary noise from the project would comply with Rule 012: Noise Control. The AUC found the environmental impacts of the project to be minimal since no vegetation clearing or ground disturbance was required.

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