Power Grid Operator Issues Alert, Says Alberta “Uses Reserves to Balance Power System”

The Alberta Electric System Operator issued an “energy emergency alert” Wednesday afternoon because a number of factors had caused the province “to use reserves to balance the electrical system.”

“The supply is limited but still meets the demand” AESO tweeted, noting that the energy emergency was classified as a “level 2” alert because the use of reserves was required.

The organization also pleaded with Albertans to conserve energy during rush hour.

“Please conserve energy between 4 pm and 7 pm,” AESO said.

According to AESO, the limited energy supply is the result of unplanned generator failures, weak winds “and reduced import capacity.”

READ MORE: Heat warning issued for Edmonton, much of northern Alberta

The alert was issued around the same time that a heat warning was extended to Edmonton and surrounding areas. A heat warning was issued for parts of northern Alberta on Tuesday.

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READ MORE: Alberta power operator declares Level 1 energy emergency amid historic heat wave

Earlier this summer, a historic heat wave prompted Albertans across the province to increase their energy use, breaking records in electricity use.

Watch below: (As of June 29, 2021) With a heat wave hitting Alberta, electricity and water use has increased dramatically, leading many municipalities to request or even order residents to reduce non-essential use. Reporting by Sarah Komadina.

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Water and Electricity Problems During Alberta Heat Wave

Water and Electricity Concerns During Alberta Heat Wave – June 29, 2021

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