Alberta operator appeals for power cuts due to supply problems

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – June 28, 2013) – The Alberta Electric System Operator is asking all Albertans to voluntarily reduce their use of electricity due to a number of generator outages and low wind generation. The AESO is importing electricity from B.C. and Saskatchewan to help meet demand.

Albertans can voluntarily reduce their electricity usage during peak periods of usage which are between noon and 7 pm by:

  • Turning off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances;
  • Minimizing the use of air conditioning; by closing blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day; and,
  • Avoiding the use of major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers and washers and dryers during the energy conservation period.

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.