Alberta Faces Second Grid Alert: Rotating Power Outages Prompt Energy Conservation Efforts

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The Alberta Electric System Operator issued a grid alert for the province due to tight supply, resulting in rotating power outages in Edmonton. This was the second alert issued within the week, with concerns raised over multiple generators being offline, low wind generation, and slow thermal generation.

Premier Danielle Smith acknowledged the situation and reassured Albertans that measures were being taken to ensure grid reliability. AESO advised energy conservation during peak hours to alleviate stress on the power system and prevent further actions like rotating outages.

The grid alert was lifted after conditions normalized, with AESO citing the need for emergency reserves to meet demand and maintain system reliability. The organization emphasized the importance of reducing electricity consumption during critical times.