A Monday morning grid alert that was issued by The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has ended.

"The Grid Alert has ended as increasing wind and solar generation have created some relief on the system. Please continue conservation efforts during peak hours of 4-7 p.m. as the extreme cold continues to challenge all of us in Western Canada," AESO stated. 

The Monday morning grid alert occurred, several hours after The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) ended its third consecutive grid alert on Sunday night. Monday's grid alert was the fourth consecutive alert issued by AESO since Friday. 

According to AESO, Monday's grid alert was in part due to the continued extreme weather coupled with several power facility outages.

Tips to conserve electricity include:

  • Turn off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances;
  • Minimize the use of space heaters;
  • Delay the use of major power-consuming appliances such as washers, dryers and dishwashers;
  • Delay charging electric vehicles and/or plugging in block heaters;
  • Cook with your microwave, crockpot or toaster oven instead of an electric stove or oven;
  • Limit the use of kitchen or bathroom ventilation fans;
  • Work on a laptop instead of a desktop computer (laptops are more energy-efficient than desktop units);
  • Unplug electric appliances when not in use, as they continue to drain energy even if they’re off (or use a power bar to cut power to multiple appliances with a single button);
  • Close your curtains/shades/blinds to cover drafty windows.

While many of the grid alerts cited extreme weather as a significant factor, more seasonal temperatures may be on the way. 

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