The government of Manitoba has approved the environmental license required for development of the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project (MMTP), which is expected to provide clean energy for Manitobans.
The government of Manitoba sustainable development Minister Rochelle Squires has made the announcement and said the project would keep the hydro rates lower for Manitobans.
In Minnesota, the construction of the 500kv power line has already started and construction of the Manitoba portion is expected to start, and targeted to complete before June 2020.
Once operational, the project is expected to displace 1.5 megatons of emissions per year through the clean energy exported to Minnesota, equivalent to 7% of Manitobaâ€™s total annual emissions.
Squires said: â€śOur government recognizes the advantage of harnessing our renewable resources as we collectively work to reduce our environmental footprint. Manitoba has always punched above its weight as a clean, green energy provider.Â This project will not only create jobs and generate revenue here at home, it will also have a significant impact on reducing global emissions.â€ť
â€śWe call on Canada to issue this certificate immediately so as to avoid construction delays, which could cost Manitoba ratepayers millions of dollars in lost revenue and construction delay penalties.â€ť
The power line is also expected to increase Manitoba Hydroâ€™s import capabilities by twofold and improve reliability in power emergencies and lowering costs of purchased electricity during drought periods.
The government of Manitoba has approved the line after a rigorous environmental assessment process that focused on the mitigation of significant impact along the transmission line.
In addition, the national energy board has reviewed the project and provided recommendations to the federal government that a certificate be issued for MMTP under the national energy board act.
The minister said: “Manitoba also completed a detailed Crown-Indigenous consultation process as part of the overall project review.
“The consultation process provided Indigenous communities with additional opportunity to become engaged and informed about the project and to share any comments, concerns and recommendations to protect Indigenous rights and environmental interests.”