Several elected officials were scattered among the crowd of about 50 at a press conference Friday in Medicine Hat, where Premier Danielle Smith announced she has asked Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors Devin Dreeshen to begin plans to twin the remaining portions of Highway 3.
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Saamis Solar, the massive solar panel array proposed for barren land north of Crescent Heights, is now before regulators with the hope it could be built over the next two years.
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City council will make formal and informal inquiries about $1 million the province could make available to the municipality from the government’s unpaid portions of local property tax and traffic fines collected in the Hat.
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A provincial program to pay a portion of high power bills will continue until the early spring, a city committee heard Thursday, but the amounts provided will change.
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Fees paid by developers to connect new subdivisions to city roads and utility mains will be cut by more than half next year, but City Hall will also remove a subsidy program that saw taxpayers pick up an additional 30 to 90 per cent of previous costs to help spur new construction.
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A proposal to offer a local utility relief program in Medicine Hat is on hold until after city council and staff see what the province proposes to take the edge off high utility bills.
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Hatters with annual fixed-rate utility contracts saved about $550 each compared to those with default market rates this year, analysis by the News suggests.
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Changes are coming to how utility rates are set for the City of Medicine Hat.
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The largest solar power field ever proposed in southeast Alberta, and related largest battery storage facility, has received a green light from regulators, and two more mega-projects from the same developer are in the queue.
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Alberta Transportation is hoping to see the expansion of Highway 3 commence in the coming months to help increase Alberta’s economic corridor.
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