AESO asks Albertans to reduce use of power

CALGARY, Aug. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - 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; and,
    --  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 transactions.

SOURCE  Alberta Electric System Operator 
Dawn Delaney Cell: 403-671-6129 Pager: 403-515-9450 
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