Proceeding 27589 Register

Application status: under review

Written evidence due: January 23, 2023

Decision expected: To be determined

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Overview

The Alberta Utilities Commission is reviewing applications from Nova Solar G.P. Inc. to construct and operate the 150-megawatt Nova Solar Power Plant and associated Nova 1005S Substation. The project would be located on approximately 1,280 acres (518 hectares) of private, cultivated land in Wheatland County, Alberta, approximately two kilometres west of the hamlet of Carseland. Nova Solar has also applied to construct and operate a new eight-kilometre-long, 240-kilovolt transmission line, to be designated as Transmission Line 927AL. The new transmission line would connect the power plant project to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System through Nova Solar’s proposed Nova 1005S Substation. AltaLink Management Ltd. has applied for approval to connect existing Transmission Line 927L to proposed Transmission Line 927AL and to alter Transmission Line 927AL to accommodate this proposed connection. AltaLink has also applied to install one new telecommunications tower (up to 29 metres tall) at the Nova 1005S Substation. The AUC issued a revised notice of hearing for this project on November 16, 2022, and issued a letter of rescheduled virtual hearing on November 22, 2022.

Further information about the proceeding is available through the AUC’s eFiling System under Proceeding 27589.

Participant information session

The AUC holds information sessions to provide information about how to have your say and become involved in its proceedings. The AUC is prepared to provide a telephone or virtual session about options for participating in this proceeding and the local intervener funding that may be available to you to support your participation, if requested by individuals or groups interested in the proceeding.

The AUC held a virtual information session through Microsoft Teams platform on November 10, 2022, commencing at 2 p.m.

For more information about how you may become involved in this proceeding, please contact us or visit our website and review the information on the AUC’s Review process for facility applications web page.

Hearing information

The AUC will be holding a virtual hearing to review the applications and submissions received to consider the power plant and electric transmission development applications in Proceeding 27589. The hearing will commence on March 20, 2023, at 9 a.m.

The virtual oral hearing will be held remotely using a videoconferencing platform. Participants are responsible for ensuring that they have access to all documentary evidence filed on the record of the proceeding, either through the eFiling System or in their preferred format.

If you intend to present written evidence at the hearing, you must submit your written evidence by January 23, 2023, and be available on the videoconferencing platform at the commencement of the hearing. Your written evidence should include your statement about your intended level of participation, including whether you or your representative will:

  • Attend the hearing.
  • Cross-examine any of the applicant’s witness panels.

If you want to learn more about the review process, or for more information about how you may become involved in this proceeding, please contact us or review the information under “Have your say” or under “Review process.”

Summarized process schedule

The AUC has established the following process to consider the applications:

Process stepDue date
Participant submissions regarding transmission connection applicationsDecember 6, 2022
Interveners’ information requests (questions) to applicants (Nova Solar G.P. Inc. and/or AltaLink Management Ltd.) deadlineDecember 19, 2022
Applicants’ deadline to respond to information requestsJanuary 9, 2023
Interveners’ written evidence deadlineJanuary 23, 2023
Information requests to interveners about intervener evidenceFebruary 6, 2023
Interveners’ deadline to respond to information requestsFebruary 16, 2023
Applicants’ reply evidence deadlineMarch 1, 2023
Test sessionMarch 8, 2023, 10 a.m.
Commencement of hearing (rescheduled)March 20, 2021, 9 a.m.

The eFiling System​

The eFiling System should be accessed to view the applications and the other documents the AUC will be considering in this proceeding. The system is also used to file submissions and evidence to participate in the proceeding.

To create an account, select “New account” and follow the steps to create a user ID and password. If you have any questions about how to use the system please contact us at info@auc.ab.ca or 310-4AUC.

Documents being considered in this proceeding can be found in the eFiling​ System (which requires log in). Once you have logged in, enter 27589 in the “go to” section at the top left corner of your screen.

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