Energy & Power
Transmission & Distribution
SaskPower gives grid in Yorkton-Melville-Canora area $8 million-facelift
By Renée Francoeur
November 24, 2016 – SaskPower is upgrading portions of the power grid in the south area of Saskatchewan, including: Yorkton, Melville, Canora, Waldrun, Churchbridge, Killaly, Theodore, Good Spirit Provincial Park and surrounding areas.
Tim Eckel, VP of transmission services, noted this region’s power demands have been increasing, and so far in 2016, residential and commercial customers in the area have made 137 new connection or reconstruction requests.
Work includes increasing the capacity of the Canora substation, worth over $3 million. It is expected to be in-service in early 2017.
An additional $5 million in system maintenance work includes relocating and upgrading overhead power lines out of the middle of farmers’ fields, remediating power structures located in water-logged areas, replacing and upgrading protective relays in stations, upgrading rural power lines, and trimming trees near lines.