Power pushed to limits
Published Monday, July 9, 2012 3:30PM MDT
Last Updated Monday, July 9, 2012 6:33PM MDT
The warm weather has pushed Alberta’s power grid to the limits and Enmax was forced to initiate power blackouts to curtail consumption.
The utility company followed a directive from the Alberta Electric System Operator that requested power consumption be reduced in the province because of an imbalance of supply and demand.
Enmax implemened rotating power outages throughout the city that lasted about 30 minutes each and AESO asked all Albertans to voluntarily reduce electricity use until 6:00 p.m. Monday.
The electricity operator says higher than average temperatures have pushed the demand to record highs and that is putting stress on the energy grid.
AESO says the situation became so severe that four power generating stations went down.
Enmax tips In the event of a power interruption:
- Call 911 for emergency or life threatening situations.
- Turn off or disconnect any appliances or electronic equipment you were using.
- Keep one light on so you know when the power comes back on.
- Think safety! Don't bring gas or charcoal BBQs indoors. Be careful with candles.
- Put on a hat or sweater to preserve your body heat if it starts to get cool (the temperature inside your home shouldn't become uncomfortable for at least four hours).
- Listen to a battery-powered radio for information.
- Keep your freezer door closed and food will stay frozen for many hours (12 to 48 hours, depending on how full the freezer is and what kinds of food are stored). Most food will keep in the refrigerator for 24 hours. (Dairy products should be discarded after six hours.)
When the power comes back:
- Reset electrical equipment and alarms.
- Remember to restock your emergency supplies.
For more information and to report a power outage, visit the Enmax website.