Not many people wake up in the morning and wonder where their power comes from. But the combination of a growing and dynamic province and a power system that is over half a century old means SaskPower has an enormous challenge to face - and it's hitting the road to tell Saskatchewan residents all about it.
SaskPower's Power to Grow Tour visited Weyburn on August 29, with the aim of educating its customers about the work that lies ahead to power Saskatchewan today and generations into the future.
"We're making an investment of about $1 billion per year for the long term into our power system to bring it to where it needs to be to meet the ever-increasing demand for electricity," said SaskPower President and CEO Robert Watson. "Without these needed investments, we'll be dealing with increasing outages and potential power shortages, so it's important our customers know why we're spending that money and what we're doing with it. That's why we're visiting communities across the province to have those face-to-face conversations."
The Power to Grow Tour is a fun, informative and interactive experience that looks at the past, present and future of electricity in Saskatchewan.
"Visitors can look at how we lit up Saskatchewan through rural electrification and see how much power is used today compared to the 1950s, 1980s and today - and how much we'll be using in the 2030s," Watson said. "They'll also learn about the projects SaskPower has planned, learn about generation options, and how to conserve power at home."
A special experience for children helps them find "Phantom Power" - hidden sources of electricity use in the home.