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March 4, 2009

Landowner Irvin Klein (right) listens to a representative from Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) during an open house at the Provost Recreation and Culture Centre on Wednesday, February 25. AESO is proposing an upgrade in electrical capacity in the region which would affect some landowners in the area. Story in this week’s paper. ©Provost News Photo.

Demand for Electricity in Provost Region Expected to Triple in 10 Years
Alberta Electric System Operator Proposing More Power to the People
Provost residents were told during an open house on Wednesday, February 25 at the Provost Recreation and Culture Centre that the region needs more electricity.

The open house was put on by Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) where they were able to show forecasts and describe future issues that the province will have to deal with in terms of electricity.

AESO plans and operates the Alberta Interconnected Electric System (also know as the “grid”). AESO helps ensure demand is met with supply by studying and recommending improvements to the system.

Spokesman for AESO, Ramaiah Divi, says “physically, the (power) lines are at capacity” in the region, which is why new lines and substations are being proposed by AESO.

Areas within the Provost M.D. could be affected as the proposal involves planting modern power lines that have nearly double the capacity than the current lines.

The current lines coming from Oyen to Metiskow have capacity for about 138 kilovolts (kV), whereas the new lines would have 240 kV. This does not necessarily mean that the old lines would be dismantled either, so when the dust settles, if this proposal goes through, the capacity for electricity would nearly triple.

This is advantageous to the region because it’s expected the demand for electricity will more than double over the next 10 years.

Full story and photos in March 4 edition of The Provost News.
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Town Minutes for February Meeting
The regular meeting of the Town of Provost for February was held on Tuesday, February 17. The following is an unapproved summary.

Council authorized the following:
To approve the bank reconciliation, super savings statements and the payables for the month of January.

That the minutes of the regular meeting of council from January 20 and special meeting from January 21 be approved.

To approve the purchase of a new boiler system for the swimming pool with the system to be moved to the new Provost Regional Activity Centre.

Full story in March 4 edition of The Provost News.
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Chamber of Commerce Donates to Provost Ministerial Association
Photos and story in March 4 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "If you won the lottery, what would be your first purchase?"
. . . and we heard answers from Jeremy Cairns, Cody Heck, Michelle Robinson, Connor Reinhart and Tye Montgomery. Check out the March 4 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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