The Manitoba Hydro Act requires the provincial government to approve any development of new generating stations, transmission interconnections, or power exports and imports.
An Needs For and Alternatives To (NFAT) review process, conducted by the Public Utilities Board, examined the "needs-for-and-alternatives-to" our development plan. The PUB's report was provided to the Province in June.
Based on the PUB's recommendations, the Manitoba Government:
- Authorized Manitoba Hydro to proceed with the construction of the Keeyask Project;
- The Keeyask Project was issued Environment Act licence No. 3107.
- Authorized Manitoba Hydro to proceed with the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project;
The Manitoba Government also requested a stronger business case for the Conawapa Project, with pre-construction expenditures frozen as work continues to secure additional export power sales.
As per the Terms of Reference, the NFAT panel reviewed and assessed:
- "Whether the needs for Hydro's Plan are thoroughly justified, and sound, its timing is warranted, and the factors that Hydro is relying upon to prove its needs are complete, reasonable and accurate."
- "Whether the Plan is justified as superior to potential alternatives that could fulfill the need."
The NFAT review panel included:
- Regis Gosselin (PUB chair);
- Marilyn Kapitany;
- Larry Soldier;
- Richard Bel;
- Hugh Grant.
- July 2, 2014 – Province releases report findings.
- June 20, 2014 – PUB provided report to government. Read The Public Utilities Board's Report on the Needs for and Alternatives To (NFAT) Review of Manitoba Hydro's Preferred Development Plan.
- May 26, 2014 – public hearings end.
- After the public hearings process, the NFAT review panel will make recommendations to the government who in turn will decide whether to approve the projects and to provide the Orders-in-Council required by The Manitoba Hydro Act.
- March 3, 2014 – NFAT Hearings begin.
Details and schedule are available on the PUB's website.
- August 16, 2013 – Manitoba Hydro filed the submission.
- July 15 & 17, 2013 – The Public Utilities Board held a technical conference for Manitoba Hydro to provide information relating to its operations and upcoming NFAT filings.
- June 11, 2013 – The Public Utilities Board News Release: Intervener status granted to 5 groups.
- May 16, 2013 – The Public Utilities Board held a pre-hearing conference to establish a schedule for the NFAT review process and consider submissions from proposed interveners.
- April 25, 2013 – Province of Manitoba News Release:
Province announces members of panel, issues terms of reference for review of Manitoba Hydro plan to build northern dams.
In addition to the NFAT review and approval process, each individual generation and transmission project will be subject to the required regulatory and environmental approvals at both the federal and provincial levels, including:
- Federal Fisheries Act;
- Federal Navigable Waters Protection Act;
- National Energy Board Approvals;
- Manitoba Environment Act;
- Manitoba Water Power Act;
- Manitoba Hydro Act.