The Canadian Federal Government has approved funding for a project that will help Manitoba Hydro build a 230kV transmission line from Birtle South Station in the Municipality of Prairie View to the Manitoba–Saskatchewan border 46km north-west, linking the province of Saskatchewan to Manitoba’s renewable hydroelectric energy.

Increasing Manitoba’s interconnection to Western Canada’s power distribution grid will establish greater stability for energy supply, while keeping energy rates affordable for the province, said the government in a statement. Manitoba’s clean hydroelectricity is a vital element of Saskatchewan’s efforts to reduce cumulative greenhouse gas emissions in that province.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $18.7 million, and the Government of Manitoba is contributing more than $42 million, in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan.