Alberta’s premier plans to power ahead on plans for a Calgary-to-Edmonton transmission line despite controversial plans to avoid a public hearing.

Ed Stelmach yesterday said the province’s aging energy grid needs to be improved and a move to push through a proposed bill to allow companies to start building the line as critical infrastructure has had plenty of input.

But Mayor Dave Bronconnier said a multi-billion-dollar piece of infrastructure, that will impact all taxpayers, should be subject to a formal public hearing.

“There should be a public hearing on this so we ensure we’re doing the right thing with a $15-billion piece of infrastructure,” he said.

Enmax CEO Gary Holden, who has opposed the transmission line, will host a public town hall tomorrow at Hotel d’Arts at 119 12th Ave. SW starting at noon.