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AltaLink, L.P. is one of Canada's largest transmission companies. Based in Alberta, AltaLink is responsible for the maintenance and operation of approximately 12,000 kilometres of transmission lines and 280 substations in Alberta. AltaLink is a fully owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Wikipedia.


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Kumar K.,SNC - Lavalin | Dwyer J.,AltaLink
Electrical Transmission and Substation Structures 2015: Technical Challenges and Innovative Solutions in Grid Modernization - Proceedings of the 2015 Electrical Transmission and Substation Structures Conference | Year: 2015

The Heartland Transmission Project is a recently built 500kV double circuit transmission line near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The scope of the project was to connect the existing Ellerslie Substation, located within Edmonton, to the new Heartland Substation, located approximately 65 kilometers northeast of Edmonton in the Heartland Industrial Area, near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Approximately half of the line was built within a designated Transportation and Utility Corridor (TUC) with a section passing between the communities of Edmonton and Sherwood Park. The Alberta Utility Commission (AUC) declared that a 10 km section of the line passing between the communities of Edmonton and Sherwood Park were to be built using tubular steel structures rather than the traditional lattice steel towers. The process of developing a family of tubular monopoles consisting of tangent, light, and medium angle suspension towers and site-specific dead-end towers is outlined. The design, from a conceptual stage through to the project's completion is discussed. Topics will cover the development of pole design requirement drawings, structure design, manufacturing, full scale testing, and foundation design. © ASCE.


Fares H.,AltaLink | Zayed T.,Concordia University at Montréal
Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice | Year: 2010

In Canada and the United States, there have been 700 water main breaks per day costing more than CAD 6 billion since 2000. Risk of failure is defined as the combination of probability and impact severity of a particular circumstance that negatively impacts the ability of infrastructure assets to meet municipal objectives. The presented research in this paper assists in designing a framework to evaluate the risk of water main failure using hierarchical fuzzy expert system (HFES). This system considers 16 risk-of-failure factors within four main categories representing both probability and negative consequences of failure. Results show that pipe age confers a strong impact on risk of failure followed by pipe material and breakage rate. They also show that damage to surroundings has the most negative consequence of a failure event. A set of municipal water network data are collected and used to examine the developed HFES. According to the proposed scale of risk of failure, about 8.4% (13 km) of the network's pipelines are risky and require mitigation actions in the short term. © 2010 ASCE.


Kwon Y.,Toronto Public Library | Lemieux M.,AltaLink | McTavish J.,90 Commissioners Road EastON | Wathen N.,University of Western Ontario
Journal of the Medical Library Association | Year: 2015

Objective: The purpose of this study was to compare effectiveness of different options for deduplicating records retrieved from systematic review searches. Methods: Using the records from a published systematic review, five de-duplication options were compared. The time taken to de-duplicate in each option and the number of false positives (were deleted but should not have been) and false negatives (should have been deleted but were not) were recorded. Results: The time for each option varied. The number of positive and false duplicates returned from each option also varied greatly. Conclusion: The authors recommend different de-duplication options based on the skill level of the searcher and the purpose of de-duplication efforts. © 2015, Medical Library Association. All rights reserved.


Jafari A.M.,AltaLink | Zareipour H.,University of Calgary | Schellenberg A.,University of Calgary | Amjady N.,Semnan University
IEEE Transactions on Power Systems | Year: 2014

In this paper, the value of intra-day markets in managing wind power uncertainty in competitive electricity markets is analyzed. A competitive electricity market model consisting of a day-ahead market and a number of intra-day markets is considered. Real-time operation adjustment is also taken into account. Stochastic programming is used to model decision making under wind power uncertainty. Numerical simulations based on two test systems are presented. © 2013 IEEE.


Cui Y.,AltaLink | Wang X.,Tsinghua University
IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery | Year: 2012

Resonance-mode analysis is effective to determine the contributions of different network components to a resonance in power system harmonic studies. There are two forms of modal sensitivity in harmonic resonance mode analysis, that is, the modal impedance sensitivity and the modal frequency sensitivity. This paper presents a method to compute the modal frequency sensitivity index. The analysis results are compared with those obtained by using the modal impedance sensitivity index to clarify the differences and similarities between the two sensitivity indices. The comparison shows that these indices complement each other and should be used to jointly diagnose power system harmonic resonance problems. © 2012 IEEE.


NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES. ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RESTRICTION MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF U.S. SECURITIES LAW AltaLink and the customer groups representing Alberta's industrial and residential electricity consumers have reached an agreement that, if approved, will save Albertans up to $150 million in 2017 and 2018. The agreement also includes a commitment to reduce future capital costs by $40 million. The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) must approve the negotiated agreement. "I want to thank the negotiating teams from all customer groups. Together with them, we have reached an agreement that will keep more money in the hands of our customers," said Scott Thon, President and Chief Executive Officer of AltaLink. "This is part of our commitment to reducing costs for our customers, especially as Alberta's economy continues to recover." The agreement will deliver electricity cost savings to all Alberta customers. "As a consumer group representing some of Alberta's largest industrial power users, the ADC positively views the agreement as a demonstration that AltaLink and intervener groups share a common goal of reducing electricity costs for Albertans," said Colette Chekerda, Executive Director of the Alberta Direct Connect Consumer Association. "The agreement provides for material cost reductions and incentives for AltaLink to continue seeking efficiencies and further cost savings. Control of transmission costs is especially important when so many Alberta businesses and residents continue to struggle in our current economy." "Industrial consumers are pleased that we were able to negotiate a settlement, and in the process save a further $2 million in regulatory costs," said Vittoria Bellissimo, Executive Director of the Industrial Power Consumers Coalition of Alberta. "There are also cost savings measures in this settlement that would likely never have been on the table in the conventional process. Consumers are looking forward to seeing positive results from these measures." The agreement includes a reduction of $15.5 million in operating costs and $5 million in other cost savings during the next two years. If AltaLink is able to achieve additional operating cost savings beyond the $15.5 million, those savings would be shared equally between AltaLink and its customers. An additional $130 million in savings is driven from previously-funded depreciation costs. Through engineering studies, AltaLink determined that it can extend the life of its transmission lines, reducing the annual cost to Albertans. Depreciation already collected under the previous calculation would then be refunded to customers. "This is truly a win-win for AltaLink and our customers, the electricity ratepayers of Alberta," said Thon. "We're grateful for the opportunity to work with our customers to reach a mutually beneficial agreement that will reduce electricity costs for every Albertan." On Wednesday, February 8, AltaLink submitted the agreement to the AUC for approval. If approved, these savings would be in place for the 2017 and 2018 calendar years. Headquartered in Calgary, with offices in Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge, AltaLink is Alberta's largest electricity transmission provider. AltaLink is partnering with its customers to provide innovative solutions to meet the province's demand for reliable and affordable energy. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, AltaLink is part of a global group of companies delivering energy services to customers worldwide.


News Article | November 29, 2016
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NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES. ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RESTRICTION MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF U.S. AltaLink, L.P. (AltaLink) is continuing to support its customers through the cost- effective operation of Alberta's transmission grid, ensuring Albertans have the reliable and affordable energy they need. AltaLink has agreed to issue $450 million principal amount of 30-year, 3.717% Series 2016-2 Medium- Term Notes due December 03, 2046 in an agency transaction with a syndicate led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc., Scotia Capital Inc., and BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. The syndicate also includes National Bank Financial Inc., TD Securities Inc., and Casgrain & Company Limited. Distribution of the Medium-Term Notes is expected to occur on December 01, 2016. This 30-year debt issuance represents the lowest coupon rate in the company's history, providing low-cost debt financing for AltaLink customers. The Medium-Term Notes will be secured by a first floating charge security interest in the present and future property and assets of AltaLink. The Medium-Term Notes rank pari passu with all senior, secured indebtedness and have priority over all present and future unsecured indebtedness and all subordinated indebtedness. The net proceeds from the issue and sale of the Medium-Term Notes will be used to repay AltaLink's short-term indebtedness, including indebtedness outstanding under its Commercial Paper Program. Complete details of the offering are set out in AltaLink's shelf prospectus as supplemented by a pricing supplement, which will be available on the SEDAR website for AltaLink at www.sedar.com. Headquartered in Calgary, with offices in Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge, AltaLink is Alberta's largest electricity transmission provider. AltaLink is committed to meeting the province's demand for electricity, providing innovative solutions, and partnering with stakeholders and communities in doing so. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, AltaLink is part of a global group of companies delivering energy services to customers worldwide. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy AltaLink's securities in any jurisdiction, including but not limited to, the United States. AltaLink's securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States except in certain transactions exempt from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. Except for the historical and present factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, including words such as "expects", "intends", "projects", "plans", "anticipates" and similar expressions, are forward looking information that represents management of AltaLink's Internal projections, expectations or beliefs concerning, among other things, future operating results and various components thereof or the economic performance of AltaLink. The projections, estimates and beliefs contained in such forward looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause AltaLink's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, those described in AltaLink's filings with the Canadian securities authorities. Accordingly, holders of AltaLink securities and potential investors are cautioned that events or circumstances could cause results to differ materially from those predicted. AltaLink disclaims any responsibility to update these forward looking statements.


News Article | February 27, 2017
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NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES. ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RESTRICTION MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF U.S. SECURITIES LAW Delivering improved reliability and safety results for customers while reducing costs by hundreds of millions of dollars highlighted AltaLink's 2016 results. "During 2016, AltaLink was clearly focused on improving our system reliability while continuing to identify opportunities to reduce costs for our customers," said Scott Thon, AltaLink President & Chief Executive Officer. "The result was fewer and significantly shorter outages for our customers than in 2015. This operational performance combined with the approval of our customer rate relief proposal that saves Albertans almost $600 million by the end of 2018, shows that our team is committed to delivering the results our customers need." Operating Alberta's largest transmission system, AltaLink reduced the average length of outages by 35% and reduced the number of outages by 13% over 2015 results. Improvements in customer restoration practices have driven the improved results without increasing cost to customers. AltaLink's reliability performance is in the top quartile among its Canadian peers. AltaLink's proposal to reduce its cost to customers was approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) in May. The decision resulted in almost 25% lower rates for customers in both 2015 and 2016. Albertans will save a further $91 million in both 2017 and 2018 for a total reduction of $600 million over four years. "As Alberta's economy recovers and we transition to more renewable energy sources, the transmission system will play a key role in delivering the lowest-cost energy to Alberta's homes, farms, businesses, and industries," said Scott Thon. Today, AltaLink, L.P. announced net income for the year ended December 31, 2016, was $306.0 million. During 2015, AltaLink earned $209.3 million of net income. Revenue for the year ended 2016 was $977.9 million compared to $829.1 million during 2015. Our comprehensive income for the year ended December 31, 2016 increased by $97.7 million, respectively, compared to 2015, primarily due to the negative impact of the AUC's (Alberta Utilities Commission) Generic Cost of Capital (GCOC) decision related to 2014 and 2013 ($27.2 million) recorded in 2015, combined with an increased return from our investment in electricity transmission infrastructure and adjustments in 2016 in relation to the 2015-2016 General Tariff Application, 2012-2013 Direct Assign Capital Deferral Account, and 2016 GCOC decisions issued by the AUC. As a partnership, AltaLink, L.P. reports its net income before income taxes; therefore its results are not directly comparable with net income reported by corporations that recognize income taxes in their financial statements. AltaLink's full financial results and management's discussion and analysis can be found on AltaLink's website at www.altalink.ca or on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Headquartered in Calgary, with offices in Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge, AltaLink is Alberta's largest electricity transmission provider. AltaLink is committed to partnering with its customers to provide innovative solutions to meet the province's demand for reliable and affordable energy. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, AltaLink is part of a global group of companies delivering energy services to customers worldwide. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy AltaLink's securities in any jurisdiction, including but not limited to, the United States. AltaLink's securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States except in certain transactions exempt from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. Except for the historical and present factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, including words such as "expects", "intends", "projects", "plans", "anticipates" and similar expressions, are forward looking information that represents management of AltaLink's Internal projections, expectations or beliefs concerning, among other things, future operating results and various components thereof or the economic performance of AltaLink. The projections, estimates and beliefs contained in such forward looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause AltaLink's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, those described in AltaLink's filings with the Canadian securities authorities. Accordingly, holders of AltaLink securities and potential investors are cautioned that events or circumstances could cause results to differ materially from those predicted. AltaLink disclaims any responsibility to update these forward looking statements.


News Article | November 4, 2016
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NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES. ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RESTRICTION MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF U.S. SECURITIES LAW Through the first nine months of 2016, AltaLink has reduced the length of outages by almost one-third over 2015 results. "Making sure energy is there when needed is the most important way we deliver value to our customers," said Scott Thon, AltaLink President & CEO. "This year, through a number of new restoration strategies, we have made a significant improvement in how fast we're able to get the lights back on without increasing costs to our customers." The average AltaLink customer outage duration during the past 12 months has been reduced by 30 per cent from the previous year, driven largely by restoring power remotely from our control centre or through our field responders. These approaches to restoring energy supply improve the overall reliability of the system and help shorten the length of outages, reducing costly downtime for our customers. It also ensures AltaLink crews can safely perform any maintenance or repairs to damaged equipment. The frequency of outages on AltaLink's system has also been reduced 15 per cent over 2015 levels. "We're focused on continuing to improve our service without increasing costs so that reliable, affordable power is always there when you need it," said Thon. "Whether it's homes, farms, businesses or industrial sites, the one constant needs to be cost-effective reliability of the electricity that powers our lives." Today, AltaLink, L.P. announced comprehensive income for the third quarter of 2016 was $78.7 million. During the same three month period in 2015, AltaLink earned $61.5 million of comprehensive income. Revenue for the third quarter of 2016 was $244.1 million compared to $224.0 million during the same period in 2015. Compared to the same periods in 2015, our comprehensive income for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 increased mainly due to the negative impact of the Alberta Utilities Commission's (AUC) Generic Cost of Capital (GCOC) decision related to 2014 and 2013 ($27.2 million) recorded in the first quarter of 2015, combined with an increased return from our investment in electricity transmission infrastructure. As a partnership, AltaLink, L.P. reports its net income before income taxes; therefore its results are not directly comparable with net income reported by corporations that recognize income taxes in their financial statements. AltaLink's full financial results and management's discussion and analysis can be found on AltaLink's website at www.altalink.ca or on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Headquartered in Calgary, with offices in Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge, AltaLink is Alberta's largest electricity transmission provider. We are committed to meeting the province's demand for electricity, providing innovative solutions, and partnering with our stakeholders and communities in doing so. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, AltaLink is part of a global group of companies delivering electricity and utility services to customers worldwide. During the three months ended September 30, 2016: This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy AltaLink's securities in any jurisdiction, including but not limited to, the United States. AltaLink's securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States except in certain transactions exempt from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. Except for the historical and present factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, including words such as "expects", "intends", "projects", "plans", "anticipates" and similar expressions, are forward looking information that represents management of AltaLink's Internal projections, expectations or beliefs concerning, among other things, future operating results and various components thereof or the economic performance of AltaLink. The projections, estimates and beliefs contained in such forward looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause AltaLink's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, those described in AltaLink's filings with the Canadian securities authorities. Accordingly, holders of AltaLink securities and potential investors are cautioned that events or circumstances could cause results to differ materially from those predicted. AltaLink disclaims any responsibility to update these forward looking statements.

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