Albertans are being asked to reduce their electricity use today as high temperatures are straining the province’s electricity grid.
With temperatures in the low-to-mid 30s throughout much of the province, there is increased demand on the grid today, and the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) is requesting people voluntarily conserve energy.
In a release, it suggests Albertans minimize the use of air conditioning, turn off unnecessary lights and appliances, and only run high power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers and washing machines during evening off-peak hours.
It also recommends people close their blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day.
To go along with the increased demand, a number of generators in the province are out of service for maintenance, and wind generation is very low, according to the AESO. To help fill the gap, the AESO is importing electricity from B.C. and Saskatchewan.