Our employees are like you; we care about the environment. Count on us to get the work done with minimal environmental impact, meeting and following our own internal guidelines and training.
Our environmental initiatives include an Avian Protection Program, support for partners in conservation, wildfire education and waste and vegetation management.
We are committed to providing safe and reliable electricity to our customers while being responsible to the environment. We incorporate environmental issues into our day-today work.
Our popular Osprey webcams in Canmore and Red Deer County provide views of the magnificent birds and their nesting habits for you, our customers and other bird-watchers around the world. The insights we gain by observing the Ospreys help us make the most of our Avian Protection Plan. The Osprey webcam is available during nesting season.
The Avian Protection Plan is a utility-specific plan to manage and protect migratory birds and raptors while keeping your lights on, safely. When birds travel, or seek out power lines for perching, feeding, hunting, or even nesting, they can come into contact with energized wires or equipment, risking electrocution. These events not only harm the birds, they increase the risk of electrical outages and fires.
To reduce interference with birds’ activities, habitats and safety, the Avian Protection Plan provides things like nesting platforms, reduced work near nests during sensitive breeding seasons, redesigned power poles, and support for our partners in education and conservation.
We recognize that bird species and habitats may be adversely affected by thousands of kilometres of powerlines across Alberta. Our long-term partnership with the Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation has assisted in the development of a formal program focused on the conservation and protection of birds.
The Alberta Birds of Prey Centre near Coaldale does outstanding work to rehabilitate birds. Once you pass through the back door of our visitors centre, the birds of prey adventure begins with their hawk walk, funded by us. Throughout the site and along the pathways you will see a number of birds of prey sitting on their perches only feet away from visitors. Imagine being able to observe and photograph a majestic Bald Eagle only a few short away!
There, you can also learn more about our efforts to protect Alberta’s birds. A non-energized power line demonstrates our bird protection equipment that supports bird safety and enhances electrical reliability for you.
Beyond ensuring proper disposal of potentially hazardous materials, like street light bulbs or batteries, we keep other things out of our landfills. Transformers are refurbished whenever possible. From the paper in our offices to the transformers that keep your lights on, we are committed to reducing, recycling and reusing.
We are over a decade ahead of the legislative requirement to remove all oil filled equipment with high concentrations of Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB). The deadline for the removal of this equipment is 2025 – and we’re done.
Wildfire education and prevention is the best measure to reduce the dangers for electrical facilities and private property. That’s why we’re dedicated to:
Fire management plans in high-risk locations
Frequent checks of provincial fire notices and municipal fire bans
Employee training on fire suppression equipment and response procedures
Customer education on potential electrical fire hazards that can cause wildfire
Maintaining trees, and protecting water and the species that habitat an area, are all critical for the delivery of safe, reliable electricity. Trees that come into contact with power lines can cause fires and outages. We are committed to safety while respecting the environment through our integrated vegetation management strategy that includes specialized training for our employees.