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On October 20, 2014, we applied to the Alberta Utilities Commission for approval to expand the existing Victoria substation. This substation is located at 10520 104 Street NW (see map), just north of downtown Edmonton. On February 17, 2015, we received approval (Decision No. 3478-D01-2015) for construction of the new building. We are planning to begin construction in spring of 2015 and be finished by the winter of 2015. On February 5, 2016 we filed an application that is currently being considered by the AUC for additional switchgear that will go inside the new building at the Victoria Substation.
Project

​A new substation building downtown

The approved new building will be constructed on the vacant lot directly south of the existing Victoria substation. This building will be located at the north property line against the alleyway, and all of the proposed work will take place behind the existing concrete wall.

 

 

 

Construction activities will occur within the area shown in blue, and lane closure is indicated in yellow on the map. Measures will be taken to ensure compliance with the City of Edmonton’s Community Standards Bylaw for Noise Control. If it’s necessary to temporarily exceed acceptable noise levels, we will work with the City of Edmonton to receive necessary permits. ​

Why the new building is needed

New electrical equipment is needed at the existing Victoria substation to ensure that we can continue to provide downtown Edmonton with safe and reliable power service. A new building is required in order to house the new equipment.

Appearance and building specifics

To fit in with the surrounding area, the new building will look similar to the existing Victoria substation.
This new building will be one story high, and approximately 32 metres long by 13 metres wide. The walls will be made out of concrete with a brick finish. The new building will be surrounded by a new fence approximately 2.5 metres high.
Conversations with interested parties in the area have been ongoing since September 2014, when we held an open house for the project followed by personal consultations. In response to the feedback we received, we have changed our proposed fence design from a wire-type fence to one that is more in line with the look and feel of the surrounding community. The pictures below provide an example of what it will look like.


Looking northeast from the intersection of 105 Avenue and 105 Street.


Looking east down laneway from 105 Street.


Looking west down laneway from 104 street.

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Construction Details

What to expect during construction

You can expect to see activity that is typical to construction, including company/ contractor vehicles and equipment in your neighbourhood.

Hours of Operation

We anticipate our hours of work for this project to be Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; however, occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

Road Closures

No public road closures are expected. The laneway directly north of the project site will be temporarily closed for the duration of construction (see map).

Power Supply

There may be brief power interruptions when we energize the new equipment. These would occur in late 2017. If a planned power service interruption is required to complete the work, and you are affected, we will notify you in advance.

Work Space

All work areas will be safe and secure. All construction activities will be in accordance with the City of Edmonton bylaws, occupational health and safety requirements, as well as EPCOR’s health, safety and environmental procedures and guidelines.
Regulatory Process

About the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)

The AUC is an independent, quasi-judicial agency of the province of Alberta. The AUC is responsible to ensure that the delivery of Alberta's utility service takes place in the public interest. The AUC must approve this project before upgrades to the system can begin. For more information about how you can participate in the process, please visit the AUC website.

For more information about the regulatory process and how you can participate, please contact:

Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)
Toll-free: 310-0000 
Phone: (780) 427-4903
AUC booklet: Public involvement in a proposed utility development