SaskPower Investing $3.5 Million to Support Growth, Improve Reliability in Melfort-Hudson Bay Area

November 29, 2016

SaskPower continues to make significant investments in the province's electrical system to keep up with a growing demand for power, meet environmental commitments and renew and grow our power grid. The work includes upgrading portions of the power grid in the south area of the province, including: Melfort, Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Weldon, Naicam, Pathlow and surrounding areas.

"SaskPower is facing an ongoing power challenge," says Tim Eckel, Vice President of Transmission Services. "As the demand for power continues to grow, we not only need to build the grid, but we need to maintain our existing assets, including our power poles, transformers and stations. We're investing throughout Saskatchewan to make sure homes, farms and businesses have the power they need, when they need it."

So far in 2016, residential and commercial customers in the area have made 66 new connection or reconstruction requests. This is on top of SaskPower's $3.5 million regional investment.

Regional work includes: relocating and upgrading overhead power lines out of the middle of farmers' fields, upgrading or replacing electrical devices that assist our field technicians in troubleshooting and locating problems in our system, upgrading or replacing electrical devices that protect the system's power lines, and trimming trees near power lines. With everything completed, SaskPower is ready to support future demands.

In order to safely complete ongoing system improvements, planned outages may be required. Customers will be notified in advance. Planned power outages are listed on saskpower.com and on Twitter@SaskPower. #PowerToGrow

At a glance...

  • Around $3.5 million in the area is part of SaskPower's investment in the province's electrical system this year.
  • This year, 42 per cent of your SaskPower bill will go toward electrical infrastructure.
  • Aging infrastructure causes approximately 34 per cent of unplanned outages in Saskatchewan.

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