Summerside utility outlines logistics of own transmission line

Dave Stewart
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Lawyers representing the two sides of the issue, from left, Spencer Campbell, Krista MacKay and David Hooley, at the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission hearing between Summerside Electric and Maritime Electric.

Summerside Electric delved into the logistics of building a transmission line as the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission hearings continued on Wednesday in Charlottetown.

The utility wants the right to construct a transmission line between its Sherbrooke Road substation and the Maritime Electric Company Ltd. Bedeque substation.

David Hooley, counsel for Summerside Electric, was the busier of the two lawyers at the hearings. Hooley had Gardiner MacNeil back on the stand. MacNeil used to work for Maritime Electric but is now employed with Coles Associates, which is responsible for the feasibility study on the proposed transmission line for Summerside Electric.

Blaine Irving also took the stand on Wednesday. He did a peer review of the Coles report for the City of Summerside. Irving is a former NB Power engineer turned consultant.

The cost of building the transmission line, according to testimony given Wednesday, is in the $80,000 per kilometre area.

It also appears engineers are in favour of going cross-country with the project.

There was also testimony on the need for a system impact study.

Organizations: Summerside Electric, Maritime Electric, Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission Coles Associates NB Power

Geographic location: Summerside, Charlottetown.The, Sherbrooke Road

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