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Saturday, July 31, 2021
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Energy Emergency Alert declared as Alberta sees surge in heatwave power demand

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – There is a big surge in power demand as this heatwave continues to bake Alberta.

The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) declared a Level 1 Energy Emergency Alert late Tuesday afternoon, saying in a tweet that “this situation is due to the heatwave driving higher demand and a decline in available generation.”

The province is setting historic and unprecedented early summer heat records which is increasing demand for power as Albertans look for ways to stay cool and beat the heat.

During this long stretch of hot weather, the AESO is asking people to try and conserve energy during peak hours between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

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Dennis Frehlich, Vice President of Grid Reliability for the AESO says in¬†addition to helping conserve energy during this peak period, they’re asking Albertans to take action throughout the day. “Close window coverings, lowering thermostats to pre-cool homes and avoiding using major appliances and charging electric devices, including electric vehicles, during the period of highest demand.”

Alberta is on track to not only break heat records all this week, but to set new power consumption records too.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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