AESO Asks Albertans to Reduce Use of Power
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/29/13 -- With the long
weekend fast approaching, and a weather forecast that includes above
average temperatures across the province, the Alberta Electric System
Operator (AESO) is encouraging Albertans to conserve energy
throughout this period of high electricity demand.
"Our forecasts are indicating that supply on the grid will be tight,
and we anticipate that electricity consumption will be high," says
Mike Law, Vice President of Operations. "We are asking Albertans to
help decrease overall demand on the grid by voluntarily reducing
their use of electricity."
A combination of warm weather, a lack of wind, and a planned outage
on the British Columbia intertie that is preventing Alberta from
having the ability to import power through its largest
interconnection, has prompted the AESO to issue this friendly
reminder to Albertans.
With hot temperatures expected to continue for the next several days,
Albertans can conserve energy by:
-- Turning off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances;
-- Minimizing the use of air conditioning;
-- Closing blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day;
-- Running major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers and washers
and dryers during off-peak hours (after 7 p.m.).
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.
As an independent system operator, the AESO leads the safe, reliable
and economic planning and operation of Alberta's interconnected power
system. The AESO also facilitates Alberta's fair, efficient and
openly competitive wholesale electricity market, which in 2012 had
170 participants and approximately $6.4 billion in annual energy
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