Alberta‘s electricity regulator has given the green light for a power transmission line to run around the eastern edge of Edmonton, the provincial capital, estimated to cost C$596m ($558m).

The Alberta Utilities Commission said that, with minor changes the Heartland transmission line project “is in the public interest [with] regard to the social and economic effects of the project and its effects on the environment.”

The decision comes after the commission was directed by the Albertan state government to find the most cost-effective route for the substation and 240 kV line, which is to bring power to the expanding industrial area northeast of Edmonton.

The project was only approved after it was agreed that the power to be supplied by the Heartland link was critical for the continued economic development of the area.

A second project – a substation to provide back-up power to a new hospital in south Calgary – is currently going through the approval process.

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