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Project overview

EPCOR is gathering feedback for a proposed electrical transmission development called the City of Edmonton Transmission Reinforcement (CETR) project. This project is needed to provide long-term reliable electricity and replace aging infrastructure. 

The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has identified a need to reinforce the electric system in northeast Edmonton and replace aging infrastructure. To meet this need, the AESO has directed EPCOR to plan the following transmission facilities:

  • new 240 kV transmission lines 
  • new 72 kV transmission lines 
  • a new substation ​

Project update 

In January 2023 we sent out information on planned new transmission facilities to support a growing need for electricity and replace aging infrastructure in northeast ​​Edmonton. 

Since then, we have been working to refine the transmission line route options based on factors such as the environment, constructability, cost and public input.​

Check out the visual renderings to see what the above-ground transmission lines could look like.
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Once you select a location, use the scene configuration tool (top right) to view the different route segments.​

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​​CETR project map​​​​​​​


*View route segments on the 240 kV or 72 kV transmission line pages.

​​Proposed lines and substation

Learn more about the project's proposed new substation and route options for the 72 kV line (indicated by green on the map) or 240 kV lines (indicated by yellow on the map).​

72 kV transmission line information

Learn more about the proposed 72 ​​kV above ground transmission line and possible route options.

72 kV transmission line​​

240 kV transmission line information

Learn more a​bout the proposed 240 kV above ground transmission line and possible route options.

240 kV transmission line​​

Approval process

Learn more a​bout the two approvals required for this project​.

Approval process​​

Pr​oposed new substation

A new substation is being planned.​ Learn more about it and the possible site for it that has been identified i​n the Industrial Heights area.

Proposed new substation​​

What ​we heard​

View a summary of the feedback we received and what we did​ with that information.

What we heard​​​​​​​​​​​

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Removal of ex​isting equipment

View informati​​on on the removal of existing transmission lines and the Kennedale Substation.​

Removal of existing equipment​​​​​​​​​​​

Engagement opportunities

Engagement opportunities

In the upcoming months, EPCOR will be contacting homeowners, occupants, and business owners directly facing the proposed new developments to get feedback. Although we encourage anyone who has questions or feedback to contact us.

There are lots of steps in planning a new transmission development like this one and there will be opportunities to provide feedback and ask questions throughout the process.

Phone: (780) 412-8800

Open houses ​

Come join us to discuss the project, ask questions and provide feedback to the project team. 

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024 - drop in from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Delton Community League (12325 88 St) 
  • Thursday, May 2, 2024 - drop in from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Montrose Community League (5920 119 Ave)

Feedback form

A feedback form was mailed out to homeowners and businesses in the immediate area of the proposed routes and can be sent back to us.​​​ You can also complete our online feedback form.​​

Proposed project schedule

Proposed project schedule

  • ​January 2023 – Project Engagement Begins
  • January 31 (12:00pm) and February 2 (7:00pm​) – Public virtual open houses for feedback
  • Spring 2024 – Project Update​​
  • Summer/late 2024​ – Application to Alberta Utilities Commission for project approval​​
Additional information

Additional information

There can be many technical terms used to describe electricity projects. We do our best to not use technical language but here are some common definitions to help understand this project. 

Transmission lines: Transmission lines are larger scale power lines that carry electricity from Substation to substation. 

Distribution lines: Distribution lines are medium-voltage power lines that run throughout the city. Their voltage can range between 2,400 to 25,000 volts. Distribution lines are mainly underground in newer neighbourhoods and above-ground (pole-mounted) in older urban neighbourhoods.

Substation: This is an electricity station that converts electricity from higher voltage power lines (transmission lines) to lower voltages that can be safely distributed to homes and businesses in the area through distribution lines. 

​AESO: The Alberta Electric System Operator is an independent, not-for-profit agency in Alberta that plans and expands the electrical grid by working with industry partners and the government to make sure reliable power is there when you need it.

AUC: The Alberta Utilities Commission is an independent, quasi-judicial agency of the province of Alberta who is responsible for making decisions about applications to construct, operate, upgrade and decommission electric transmission and distribution power lines that deliver electricity to Alberta homes and businesses. The AUC ensures that applications fit the electricity plan developed to meet the electricity need and forecast set by the Alberta Electric System Operator. It considers the public interest and the social, economic and environmental impacts from its decisions about proposed transmission lines.

EMF: Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs)​ are invisible areas of energy that are associated with the use of electrical power and various forms of natural and man-made lighting. After more than 40 years of research that includes thousands of studies and numerous reviews by health agencies, Health Canada and the World Health Organization have concluded that typical exposures to EMF from overhead power lines does not have any known health consequences.

We are getting an EMF study completed which will include a summary of the research on EMF and projections for both the 72 kV and 240 kV transmission lines. If you would like to receive this information when it is available, we can add you to the distribution list​.   

Voltage: In common terms, this is the ‘pressure’ of the electricity being measured. The typical home has a 120 & 240 volt electrical service. A kilovolt (kV) is 1,000 volts. The voltage of the power lines on the power poles behind people’s homes are 15kV or 25kV. The transmission lines being proposed in this project are double-circuit 72kV and 240kV power lines.

Facility Application: This is the application package that EPCOR will submit to the Alberta Utilities Commission to request permission for construction of the project. It will contain a preferred and alternate routes for the proposed power lines as well as a record of the public consultation program. The Commission will decide whether or not to approve the project based off this package as well as other public input it may receive. 

Public Hearing: After EPCOR completes community consultations and submits its Facility Application, the Alberta Utilities Commission will determine if a public hearing is required. If needed, this is a public meeting where impacted stakeholders can address Commission officials to register concerns they may have with the project. 

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