NFAT (Needs For and Alternatives To) Review
The Manitoba Hydro Act requires the provincial government to approve any development of new generating stations, transmission interconnections, or power exports and imports.
That approval will be given only after an NFAT review process, conducted by the Public Utilities Board. The review will examine the "needs-for-and-alternatives-to" our development plan.
As per the Terms of Reference, the panel will review and assess:
- "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."
At the review, we will demonstrate that continued development of Manitoba's renewable hydroelectric resources is the best approach from an environmental perspective and from an economic point of view, delivering the lowest electricity rates for Manitobans compared to the alternatives.
The NFAT review panel includes:
- Regis Gosselin (PUB chair);
- Marilyn Kapitany;
- Larry Soldier;
- Richard Bel;
- Hugh Grant.
- March 3, 2014 – NFAT Hearings begin.
Details and schedule are available on the PUB's website.
- 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.
- 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.
- June 11, 2013 – The Public Utilities Board News Release: Intervener status granted to 5 groups.
- 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.
- August 16, 2013 – Manitoba Hydro filed the submission.
- Late winter-spring 2014 – public hearings.
- 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.
- June 20, 2014 – panel to provide report to government.
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.