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  • Transmission Project Fact Sheets

    ATCO Electric’s award winning Historical & Archaeological Resource Protection Plan and Crop Protection Plan are examples of our steadfast commitment to Albertans, our communities and our environment.

    See below for information sheets and other information on ATCO Electric’s projects.

    Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF)

    Electrical Effects from Alternating Current (AC) Transmission Lines 

    Farming and Transmission Lines 

    Decommissioning Transmission Lines

    Noise and Transmission Lines

    Power Lines and Property Values

    Trapping and Transmission Lines

     

    Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF) 

    Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF) associated with electric power lines are similar to the low level electric and magnetic fields that we are exposed to in our daily lives. EMF is generated from common items like hair dryers, computer monitors, toasters – and power lines.

    Because the use of electricity is so common in our lives, researchers have been studying exposure to EMF since the 1970s.

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    Interference with GPS and Other Electrical Effects

    For information about the potential interference of transmission lines with GPS and other household electronics, the potential for shocks and vehicle safety near the lines, and the danger of transmission lines and lightning, view the Electrical Effects from Alternating Current (AC) Transmission Lines information sheet.

    Farming and Transmission Lines

    Homes, farms, industry, government and businesses all count on a reliable electric

    system. To help meet this need, thousands of farmers and other landholders host transmission lines on their property. Our Farming and Transmission Lines information sheet provides answers to common farming and transmission line questions.

    Noise and Transmission Lines

    Noise from a transmission line is generally not an issue during fair weather. With rainy conditions, there may be some noise, but even then the noise generated from the line is typically lower than the normal sound level in a library. View our Will you hear the transmission line? information sheet for more information.

    Removing, Converting & Decommissioning

    When new transmission lines are required to meet increasing electricity demands, or power lines need to be replaced because they have reached end-of-line conditions, ATCO Electric may decommission, or convert a transmission line or remove the facilities and return the right-of-way to the surrounding land use. The Decommissioning Transmission Lines information sheets provides information on decommissioning, removal and conversion of transmission lines.

    Power Lines and Property Values

    Many factors influence property value: market conditions, personal preference and others. The Power Lines and Property Values information sheet provides information provided by experts in the field of land and property.

    Trapping and Transmission Lines

    The effect of a transmission line on a trap line is generally minimal and temporary. View our Trapping and Transmission Lines information sheet for information on ATCO Electric’s Trapper Compensation Policy and transmission line project phases.