Rolling power outages planned for city

Power will go out at many Red Deer locations today as high temperatures mean power demand is outstripping supply.

Power will go out at many Red Deer locations today as high temperatures mean power demand is outstripping supply.

The City of Red Deer is instituting rolling power outages of 30 minutes at a time. The city was intending to start with Deer Park, Rosedale, Anders and Inglewood and continue throughout the city as long as the high demand persists.

The outages could affect homes, businesses, traffic signals and street lights.

“There is an increased demand resulting from warm temperatures, and with those temperatures expected to continue, we are requesting residents of Red Deer to be frugal with their energy use,” said Jim Jorgensen, city Electric Light and Power Department manager.

Residents are asked to limit power use between the peak periods of 5 to 7 p.m.

The Alberta Electric System Operator with the Province of Alberta has instructed the city to shed power loads until further notice.

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