Bipole III is a proposed new high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission project required to improve overall system reliability and dependability. The project includes the HVDC transmission line, energy conversion facilities, and system connections.
Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship granted Environment Act Licence No. 3055 to Manitoba Hydro on August 14, 2013 for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Bipole III Transmission Project.
Manitoba Hydro submitted the Bipole III Environmental Impact Statement to Manitoba Conservation on December 1, 2011.
In March 2013, the CEC concluded 35 days of hearings over five months to review the project's environmental impact statement as well as a supplemental filing on four proposed route adjustments. The Clean Environment Commission (CEC) released its report recommending the environmental license for the Bipole III Transmission Project be approved on July 11, 2013.