SaskPower Investing Over $110 Million to Support Growth, Improve Reliability in Lloydminster, North Battleford Areas
September 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 an aging power grid. The work includes upgrading portions of the power grid in the west central area of the province, including: North Battleford, Lloydminster, Onion Lake, Paradise Hill, St. Walburg, Turtle Lake, Glaslyn, Biggar, Kerrobert, Unity, and Macklin 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 approximately $1 billion dollars annually throughout Saskatchewan to make sure homes, farms and businesses have the power they need, when they need it."
Eckel noted that this region's power demands have been increasing quickly over the past 10 years. So far in 2016, residential and commercial customers in the area have made 300 new connection or reconstruction requests. This was additional work on top of SaskPower's $110 million regional investment. With everything completed, SaskPower is ready to support future demands.
SaskPower's regional work includes building new stations, worth approximately $100 million, that deliver power to customers around Rutland, Edam, Superb and Golden Lake. Some post-construction work continues to connect these assets to the system, which is expected to be complete in early 2017.
Part of this investment also includes over $10 million in system maintenance for the North Battleford and Lloydminster areas. This includes upgrading or replacing stations that deliver power to customers, inspecting and repairing wood poles and upgrading or replacing electrical devices that protect the system's power lines.
Eckel noted that some major construction projects require planned power outages in order for SaskPower to safely complete the work, and thanked impacted customers for their patience. In order to safely complete ongoing system improvements throughout 2016, planned outages are required. Customers will be notified in advance.
At a glance...
- Over $110 million investment is part of SaskPower's $1 billion investment in the province's electrical system this fiscal year.
- Demand in this region has seen large increases over the past decade.
- Aging infrastructure causes approximately 34 per cent of unplanned outages in Saskatchewan.
- This year, 42 per cent of your SaskPower bill will go toward electrical infrastructure.