Alberta grid operator asks customers to conserve power

The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) is asking all Albertans to voluntarily reduce their use of electricity due to a number of generator outages and low wind energy generation. The AESO is importing electricity from British Columbia and Saskatchewan to help meet demand.

Albertans can voluntarily reduce their electricity usage during peak periods of usage, which are between noon and 7 p.m.

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 about $6.4 billion in annual energy transactions.

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