Alberta forced to use reserves to balance power system for second time in July – .

Alberta forced to use reserves to balance power system for second time in July – .

For the second time this month, the Alberta Electric System Operator issued an “energy emergency alert” on Wednesday because the province was forced to rely on reserves to balance the electrical system.

Just before 5 p.m., AESO tweeted that it had issued a level 2 energy emergency alert.

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“This is due to an unforeseen loss of generation,” the organization said. “Reserves balance the electrical system.

“Supply continues to meet demand.

AESO urged Albertans to try to reduce their electricity use between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

AESO said the emergency alert ended at 7:34 p.m.

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The alert has been issued as much of Alberta remains under a heat warning. Electricity use in Alberta has increased this summer, particularly during a historic heat wave that hit the province earlier this summer.

The group campaigns for more integration of electricity networks

Some people have been pushing for more power grids across Canada to be linked to each other, in part to alleviate the possibility of power shortages, but also for economic and environmental reasons.

Wednesday, a new initiative called Canada Grid was announced, which calls for better integration of the electricity grid across North America so that it can double the capacity of the grid to ensure “a supply of electricity sufficiently affordable, secure and carbon-free to power our net zero future.”

Philip Dugay is the CEO of the Canada Grid initiative at Transition Accelerator, a charity that aims to help “solve societal challenges while moving Canada forward on viable paths to achieve zero net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050 ”.

“It’s about our national economic competitiveness,” Dugay said, adding that he believed grid integration could boost investment.

He suggested that Alberta could import electricity from British Columbia and sell excess wind and solar power to US markets.

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“We have all the capital and the human resources that we need,” said Dugay. “But we don’t have the market opportunity. “

Bruce Lourie is the president of a charity called the Ivey Foundation, whose website says it aims to “improve the well-being of Canadians by focusing its resources on selected issues of importance.”

“It’s better for consumers, it’s better for the environment and it’s really just a better way to run an electrical system,” he said.

When asked to comment on some groups pushing to better integrate Alberta’s electricity grid with other provinces, the province’s associate minister of natural gas and electricity said his government shares “the goal of having a robust, reliable and resilient electricity grid that can meet growing demand in the years to come, and will seek opportunities to work with governments and industry to ensure Albertans have the electricity they need. they need.

“We remain deeply committed to ensuring that Alberta retains exclusive jurisdiction over our electricity market, and to ensuring that our market-driven approach to electricity continues to serve the best interests of all Albertans above all else.” , reads a statement released by Dale Nally to Global News. .

“Our province has a single energy-only electricity market that has continued to attract significant private investment into our grid. We have seen $ 2 billion in renewable projects announced in the past two years alone.

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–With files from Tom Vernon of Global News

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 Problems During Alberta Heat Wave – June 29, 2021
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