CALGARY: The Alberta Electric System
Operator is asking all Albertans to voluntarily reduce electricity use this
weekend as hot weather throughout the province has increased demand. In
addition, a number of generators are out of service for planned and unplanned
maintenance, and wind generation is very low.
The AESO is importing electricity
from B.C. and Saskatchewan to help meet demand.
The AESO's system controllers monitor the electricity grid 24 hours per day,
seven days per week, working collaboratively with transmission facility owners,
distribution facility owners and power generation owners to ensure that even
during times of high demand, contingency plans are in place and reserves are
available to meet the electricity demands of the province.
Hot temperatures are expected to continue for the next several days and Albertans are asked to help during this time when demand for electricity is high. Please use the voluntary measures listed below to help conserve energy throughout the peak summer period:
-- Turn off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances
-- Minimize the use of air conditioning
-- Close blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day, and
-- Run major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers and washers and dryers during 'off-peak' hours (after 7-pm)