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LLG Letter to Premier - AESO

The Honourable Rachel Notley
Premier of Alberta
307 Legislature Building
10800 - 97 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6


Dear Premier Notley,

The Livingstone Landowners Guild (LLG) applauds you on the work your government is doing with regards to the environment. We also express our cautious optimism that the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) will be held accountable by your government to develop a green energy grid that conforms to the environmental principles of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP). The SSRP was designed and implemented by the Province of Alberta to ensure industrial development is conducted in a thoughtful manner and uses existing, developed corridors to avoid fragmenting native grasslands and disturbing environmentally - sensitive areas. We are encouraged that the AESO webpage for the Renewable Electricity Program (REP) states that the first competition applications must utilize existing transmission systems.

We are also hopeful that the AESO will be held fiscally accountable by your government to choose applications that require the least amount of government subsidy and the least amount of new transmission infrastructure. The LLG has long contended that change in economic outcomes, economic forecasts and wind turbine technology, all support green energy production that is spread along the existing Alberta grid rather than increase concentration in Pincher Creek. This spread would protect environmentally - sensitive areas from unnecessary development, save consumers from the unnecessary expense of building long connector transmission lines, improve green energy production reliability and potentially assist municipalities to use their existing infrastructure while transitioning to renewable energy production.

The AESO has recently announced it will not proceed with 3 out of 4 large transmission projects in southern Alberta. They have, however; continued to list the Castle Rock Ridge to Chapel Rock Transmission Project as having met the Southern Alberta Transmission Reinforcement (SATR) milestone for potential construction. The LLG argues the queue of wind farm applications the AESO used to determine the milestone having been met is outdated and flawed and does not truly reflect realistic development in the Pincher Creek area.

We encourage your government to continue to challenge the AESO to follow sound economic and environmental principles while designing and implementing their renewable electricity program.

We will continue to monitor this issue and look for ways to support your government in the development and implementation of green energy and environmental policy.



(Original signed and posted by mail 15 February 2017)

Ted Smith, President
Livingstone Landowners Guild

cc Ms. Anne McGrath, Executive Director, Premier’s Southern Alberta Office;
Hon. Margaret McCuaig - Boyd, Minister of Energy;
Hon. Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks;
Hon. Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry;
Mr. Greg Retzer, Vice - President, Transmission Project Delivery, AESO;