CALGARY, Jan. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Alberta's demand for electricity reached
an all-time high of 10,315 megawatts (MW) during the hour of 6 p.m.,
breaking the previous record of 10,236 MW set on December 14, 2009.
"The heaviest demand for electricity in Alberta typically occurs during
the winter," says John Esaiw, Director of Forecasting for the Alberta
Electric System Operator (AESO). "A cold snap, reduced daylight hours
and overall growing demand on the Alberta system are all factors that
combine to push demand to record levels."
The AESO's system controllers monitor the electricity grid 24 hours per
day, seven days per week, working collaboratively with transmission
facility owners and power generation owners to ensure that even during
times of high demand, contingency plans are in place and reserves are
available to meet the electricity demands of all Albertans.
The AESO's forecasts indicate that over the next 20 years, more than
11,000 MW of new generation is needed to replace retiring generation
plants that reach the end of their operating lives as well as keep up
with anticipated load growth. This new generation will ensure we have
enough power to meet the needs of Albertans as our economy grows.
That's almost double the current amount of electricity that can be
produced in the province today.
Albertans can help reduce the demand on the electricity system by:
Running major appliances (washers, dryers, dishwashers) during off-peak
hours (after 7 p.m.)
Turning off unnecessary lights
Turning off non-essential electrical appliances
Connecting a timer to a vehicle's block heater
The AESO forecasts demand 24 hours in advance. It is located on the AESO
website at: http://ets.aeso.ca/ets_web/ip/Market/Reports/ActualForecastWMRQHReportServlet.
To view current supply and demand on Alberta's electricity grid, updated
hourly on the AESO's website, visit the following link: http://ets.aeso.ca/ets_web/ip/Market/Reports/CSDReportServlet.
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 2010 had about 175
participants and approximately $5 billion in annual energy
SOURCE Alberta Electric System Operator
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