CALGARY - The chief executive of the agency that operates power
transmission lines in Alberta is defending a proposal to spend billions
of dollars constructing new lines between Calgary and Edmonton.

 

David
Erikson, chief executive the Alberta Electric System Operator, says
he's puzzled by suggestions by opponents that the organization is
trying to “hoodwink” consumers.

 

He says more power transmission lines will help prevent power shortages.

 

Erikson
says if there's no extra capacity added to the province's electricity
grid, it could lead to some homes periodically going dark.

Enmax,
a power subsidiary owned by the City of Calgary, says consumers could
see electricity costs triple if the province goes ahead with a proposal
to spend at least $15 billion on new transmission lines.

Premier
Ed Stelmach has said that new power lines are needed because the
province's electricity infrastructure is decades old and leaks
electricity, especially during periods of peak demand.