Friday, February 19th 2021, 10:55 am - Power being fed into Southwest Power Pool, which co-ordinates electricity across 14 states
SaskPower is helping people impacted by winter storms in Texas.
The Crown corporation began exporting 150 megawatts of electricity south of the border on Sunday, then bumped that number up to 175 megawatts four days later.
SaskPower said in a release that the exported power is being fed through an intertie into the Southwest Power Pool, which co-ordinates the flow of electricity across approximately 60,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines spanning 14 states.
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The electricity will be used to help people left in the dark after severe winter storms blew through Texas earlier this week.
The deep freeze brought temperatures of –2 to –22 C, causing a demand for power that made the electric grid operator impose rotating blackouts, leaving nearly three million customers without electricity.
SaskPower is currently exporting 175 megawatts (MW) of electricity south to provide relief as extreme cold conditions strain electrical systems and leave millions without power in parts of the United States. Learn more at the link below.— SaskPower (@SaskPower) February 16, 2021
At least 30 people have died and thousands are still without power.
SaskPower said it managed to handle higher-than-normal peak loads during our own polar vortex earlier this month and will continue to offer its support to the U.S. as long as possible.