July 17, 2015 | Cody Stuart
Summer sun shines spotlight on Alberta's energy supply
With temperatures in Calgary and across the province soaring for much of July, Alberta's power industry is beginning to kick into high gear.
Earlier this month, Alberta set a new record for energy consumption in the province. According to the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), usage on July 9 hit 10,520 megawatts, topping the previous record of 10,419 MW set last July.
While summer demands for energy are less than those seen in winter — when demand can top 11,000 MW — the numbers are still enough to provoke some caution from the province's energy operator.
"Due to the significant generation added to the grid, we haven't had an issue meeting the demand," said Angela Anderson, spokesperson for AESO.