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Albertans asked to conserve power use to ease demand

Scorching hot temperatures are putting pressure on the power grid, forcing the Alberta Electric System Operator to ask all Albertans to conserve power.

Jim Jorgensen, Red Deer’s Electric, Light and Power Department manager, said the power grid is seeing high demand and residents need to be aware of what they can do to help minimize the power consumed.

The City of Red Deer asked residents to reduce power consumption to alleviate stress on the system on Wednesday afternoon.

Residents can conserve energy by turning off all unnecessary lights and electrical appliances and minimize use of air conditioners. Residents are also asked to close blinds and shades during the hottest part of the day and to run major appliances after 7 p.m.

If power consumption exceeds capacity across the province, Alberta Electric System Operator plans load shedding, which can include power outages. Due to the hot weather, low wind and generators being offline, the electricity system is operating at near full capacity.

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