Permitting for the TM-PHES will be administered by numerous provincial regulatory bodies, and will follow a process led by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC).
A key component of the permitting process is the participant involvement program (PIP). The PIP follows a well-established framework for stakeholder consultation with all information gathered during the PIP process being submitted to both the AUC and Alberta environment and Parks (AEP).
Montem has been working directly with the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to establish access to the power grid for the TM-PHES with the project being accepted into the interconnection queue in 2022. The transmission infrastructure in the Crowsnest Pass and surrounding area provides for both 500 kV and 240 kV interconnection options.
The TM-PHES is leveraging a significant portion of the environmental monitoring and reporting completed as part of the Tent Mountain Mine Redevelopment Project. To date no critical environmental risks or barriers have been identified regarding the development of the TM-PHES.