Competitive Process

Information contained on these pages is generally intended for industry participants, Public Stakeholder information and how to contact the AESO for general enquiries on the competitive process can be found at http://poweringalberta.com/cp/.

Competitive Process

The AESO has introduced competition into Alberta’s electricity transmission industry with a new procurement process to select companies to develop, design, build, finance, own, operate and maintain new major transmission infrastructure in the province of Alberta. The Fort McMurray West 500 kV Transmission Project is the first transmission project to follow the Competitive Process.

An application for the AESO’s Competitive Process was submitted to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) in September 2011. The AUC approved the process on February 14, 2013.

The competition is now closed.

AESO CP Mandate

The AESO is mandated by government to develop this initiative by the Transmission Regulation (86/2007) and then have it approved by the provincial electricity regulator, the AUC.

CP Stages

The Competitive Process is comprised of three stages:

• A Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) where parties have an opportunity to indicate their interest in participating in the Competitive Process. The purpose of this stage is to create awareness of the project and to assist the AESO in gauging the level of interest in the project.

• A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) where interested parties submit their qualifications with respect to developing, designing, building, financing, owning, operating and maintaining the Project. The purpose of this stage is to identify a short-list of up to five respondents to move forward as proponents into the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage of the Competitive Process.

• An RFP where short-listed proponents develop and submit a proposal to undertake the project. The purpose of this stage is to identify the qualified proponent who can deliver the project at the lowest cost.

Regulatory Background

The AESO filed its CP application with the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) in September 2011.

The AUC approved the CP application on Feb 14, 2013.

On July 9, 2013, the Alberta Utilities Commission (“AUC”) issued Decision on Variance of AUC Decision 2013-044: Competitive Process Pursuant to Section 24.2(2) of the Transmission Regulation Part B: Final Determination. The Decision contains the following Order:

The AUC Decision is posted on our website located at: http://www.aeso.ca/cp/28575.html

News

December 18, 2014 AESO awards Alberta PowerLine Limited Partnership with Fort McMurray West 500 kV Transmission Project

July 29, 2013: Fort McMurray West Transmission Line Moves to Next Step

July 18, 2013: Updated AESO Competitive Process REOI Submission contact list

July 17, 2013: Updated AESO Competitive Process Information Session contact list