Manitoba Hydro has announced its public open houses for information regarding the Bi Pole III direct current project to bring hydro electricity from northern Manitoba to urban areas, and to the utility's export clients. Today all direct current bi pole transmission in Manitoba travels through the same North-South corridor, between Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba.
The publicly owned utility aims to build a new direct current line in order to improve retention of power as it is transmitted, while also increasing security on the province's system. Concerns about weather events means that an additional corridor would decrease risk to the transmission system.
The dates and locations are posted on Manitoba Hydro's web site and on the Manitoba Wildlands calendar.
Controversy about route options for Bi Pole III has been evident in the Manitoba Legislature and some media outlets. Manitoba's NDP government announced in 2007 that the province's intact east side boreal region would not be transected by hydro lines and corridors, and directed Manitoba Hydro to proceed with a corridor on the west side of the province.
View September 8, 2008 Winnipeg Free Press article
View 2007 Manitoba Hydro Routing Study Report
View Manitoba Hydro Public Open Houses release
Sources: Winnipeg Free Press, Manitoba Hydro