The AESO is introducing competition into Alberta’s electricity transmission industry with a new procurement process to select organizations to develop, design, build finance, own, operate, and maintain new major transmission infrastructure in the province of Alberta, Canada. The Fort McMurray West 500 kV Transmission Project will be 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.
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.
|Alberta government mandates AESO to develop Competitive Process||October 2010|
|AESO stakeholder consultation for Competitive Process Application||October 2010 – September 2011|
|AESO files Competitive Process application with AUC||September 2011|
|AUC approves AESO’s Competitive Process application||February 2013|
|REOI Stage for Fort McMurray West 500 kV Transmission Project||May 9 - June 19, 2013|
|RFQ Stage for Fort McMurray West 500 kV Transmission Project Opens||July 29, 2013|
|RFQ submission deadline||October 11, 2013|
|Invitations to participate in RFP||Week of December 16, 2013|
|RFP Stage for Fort McMurray West 500 kV Transmission Project||December 2013 – December 2014|
July 29, 2013: Fort McMurray West Transmission Line Moves to Next Step