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National Energy Board Electricity Regulations (SOR/97-130)

Regulations are current to 2020-06-28

PART IIInformation to Be Furnished by Applicants for Permits for the Construction and Operation of International Power Lines (continued)

International Power Lines Greater than 50 kV

 An application for a permit for the construction and operation of an international power line that exceeds an operating voltage of 50 kV shall contain the following information, unless the Board advises the applicant that the information is already in the possession of the Board or that the information is not relevant to the application:

  • (a) the name of the applicant and of any authorized representative of the applicant and their mailing address, address for personal service, telephone number and any other telecommunications numbers of the applicant or the authorized representative of the applicant;

  • (b) in respect of the owner and the operator of the international power line,

    • (i) their names and addresses, where they are not the applicant,

    • (ii) a description of the power systems that each owns or operates, and

    • (iii) a copy of their most recent annual report;

  • (c) a proof of publication of the notice;

  • (d) a description of any early public notification process implemented by the applicant;

  • (e) a map on a scale sufficient to locate and identify

    • (i) the general route and facility sites being considered,

    • (ii) the alternative route and facility sites under consideration,

    • (iii) the areas subject to physical and environmental constraints, including biophysical and land use or natural resource use constraints, that limit the general route or facility sites, and

    • (iv) the approximate sites of all proposed ancillary facilities;

  • (f) a description of the environmental, land-use and other criteria used for the identification of the proposed, and any alternative, general route and major facility sites;

  • (g) all terminal points and the international boundary crossover point;

  • (h) the distance in kilometres from the international boundary crossover point to each terminal point;

  • (i) a map, on a scale sufficient to locate and identify all essential features, showing

    • (i) all terminal points, the international boundary crossover point and the distance in kilometres from the international boundary crossover point to each terminal point of the international power line in and outside Canada,

    • (ii) the provinces, cities, towns, villages, park boundaries, rivers, major roads, railways and navigable waters through, under or across which the international power line is to pass, and

    • (iii) the power line outside Canada;

  • (j) a plan of survey from which the international boundary crossover point can be accurately determined on the ground;

  • (k) the name and address of the owner and of the operator of the power line outside Canada;

  • (l) a copy of the most recent annual report of the owner and the operator of the power line outside Canada;

  • (m) a brief engineering description of the proposed international power line, including

    • (i) the voltage level,

    • (ii) the number and size of conductors,

    • (iii) a description of the tower or other structures that will provide physical support for the international power line,

    • (iv) a single-line diagram identifying all the facilities that constitute the international power line,

    • (v) the power transfer capability for sustained transmission of power under winter and summer conditions, and

    • (vi) the criteria for the stated power transfer capability;

  • (n) the total export and import power transfer capabilities, with and without the proposed international power line, of the applicant’s power system and of the power system to which it will be interconnected by the international power line, stating the criteria for those capabilities;

  • (o) a copy of

    • (i) each interconnection agreement that relates to the construction of the international power line, and

    • (ii) any other agreement between the applicant and the owner or the operator of the power line outside Canada that relates to the construction and operation of the international power line and the power line outside Canada;

  • (p) a description of the provincial requirements and associated review process that must be satisfied, including

    • (i) a description of the review process applicable to each approval that is required,

    • (ii) a description of any public consultation process provided for under the review process, and

    • (iii) a schedule for the review process;

  • (q) a description of the approvals that are required to be obtained, including a statement respecting the current status of the approvals,

    • (i) from all the provinces through which the international power line will pass, and

    • (ii) from the appropriate authorities for the construction or operation of the power line outside Canada;

  • (r) a schedule showing the projected dates for

    • (i) each approval referred to in subparagraph (q)(i), and

    • (ii) the start and completion of construction of the international power line and the power line outside Canada;

  • (s) an environmental assessment report, which may consist of a screening report or a comprehensive study report done pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act or a report done pursuant to provincial legislation, for the construction and operation of the international power line and of any associated temporary or permanent roads;

  • (t) unless otherwise detailed in the report referred to in paragraph (s),

    • (i) a map showing the proposed general route and covering a width of at least one kilometre on each side of the international power line, on a scale sufficient to clearly show the existing environment, including the surface geology, the habitats of wildlife of ecological, economic or human importance, rare and endangered plant species, spawning beds, public recreational areas, parks, historic and archaeological sites, conservation areas, Indian reserves and existing land use, and a description of the environmental components shown on the map,

    • (ii) the width of the right-of-way proposed and the reasons why that width was selected,

    • (iii) a description of the environmental effects, including a consideration of the following factors, namely,

      • (A) the significance of the environmental effects,

      • (B) comments received from the public, and

      • (C) measures that are technically and economically feasible and that would mitigate any significant adverse environmental effects,

    • (iv) the measures that would be taken to minimize any adverse visual effects of the international power line,

    • (v) the levels of the radio and television interference expected at the edge of the right-of-way under fair and foul weather conditions at maximum loading of the international power line, and the measures to be taken to minimize the potential interference,

    • (vi) for operating voltages above 240 kV, the levels of noise, ozone concentration, electric field gradient and magnetic field strength expected at the edge of the right-of-way at maximum loading of the international power line, and the measures to be taken to protect people and animals, from electric shock on contacting vehicles or metallic structures,

    • (vii) for any substation that forms part of the international power line, the audible noise in decibels that would be caused by the operation of the facilities, a description of the public exposure to the noise and any measures to be taken to minimize the noise,

    • (viii) the pesticides and herbicides to be used in the construction and maintenance of the right-of-way, including

      • (A) quantities,

      • (B) methods of application,

      • (C) potential adverse environmental effects, and

      • (D) measures to be taken to mitigate any potential harmful effects,

    • (ix) the plans for surface restoration after construction and for the disposal of excavation and construction debris and wastes, and

    • (x) a statement of the applicant’s intentions with respect to environmental inspection of the project during construction and operation of the international power line;

  • (u) for every comprehensive study report referred to in paragraph (s), in addition to the factors referred to in paragraph (t), a consideration of the following factors, namely,

    • (i) the purpose of the project,

    • (ii) alternative means of carrying out the project that are technically and economically feasible and the environmental effects of any such alternative means,

    • (iii) the need for, and the requirements of, any follow-up programme in respect of the project,

    • (iv) the capacity of the renewable resources that are likely to be significantly affected by the project to meet the needs of the present and those of the future;

  • (v) a description of any adverse effects on other provinces that operation of the proposed international power line at the power transfer capabilities referred to in paragraph (n) may have, including adverse effects on the operation of power systems in other provinces and the measures to be taken to mitigate or minimize those effects; and

  • (w) a description of any safety and environmental standards, practices and procedures to be used in the design, construction and operation of the international power line, including the date of issue of any documents respecting those matters.

  • SOR/99-338, s. 2(F)
 
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