Canada: Grid operator and Fort Macleod in $4.77m deal


In the Canadian province of Alberta, the council of the town of Fort Macleod has sold its energy distribution system to grid operator FortisAlberta.

The $4.77 million deal follows approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission.

The development allows the 3,000 residents of Fort Macleod to be served by 24/7 customer care center, centralised Operations Control Centre and a robust storm and outage response services offered by FortisAlberta.

Brent Feyter, Mayor, Fort Macleod, said: “FortisAlberta has been providing electricity service in Alberta, including the area surrounding Fort Macleod for over a century and we are confident that this sale is in the interests of Fort Macleod.”

FortisAlberta owns 122,000km of energy distribution system providing 60% of Alberta’s total electricity. The company serves over 200 communities.

“They have the expertise and resources to ensure the long-term reliability of our system and to provide the safe, cost-effective service our residents require,” added the mayor.

Karl Bomhof, CEO at FortisAlberta, commented: “We are pleased to have this opportunity to partner with the Town of Fort Macleod in this endeavour and we thank the Council and the residents for the time and energy they devoted to the consultation and community engagement process.

“Moving forward, our priority is to continue to work with the Town and residents to ensure a seamless transition of ownership.”

Energy efficient Canada

In related news, the Canadian government is making an effort to ensure a secure energy supply and reliability of grid network by improving consumer energy efficiency.

The Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development partnered with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology to implement a pilot on consumer energy efficiency using micro-combined heat and power technologies. Read more…


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