Author: Shafak Sajid


The case study focuses on the AltaLink Western Alberta Transmission line. AltaLink submitted an application to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) in March 2011 which was ultimately approved in December 2012. The Western Alberta transmission line (WATL) is a 500 kV line built between Genesee and Langdon.

Read A Matter of Trust: The role of communities in energy decision-making

In May 2016, researchers from the Canada West Foundation visited Eckville and surrounding area to interview residents about their confidence in the actions of public authorities and factors that lead to greater satisfaction with the energy infrastructure siting process.

Those comments are summarized and captured in this case study. In addition, public records from the regulatory hearings, media articles and the project website were reviewed.