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SaskPower operations back to normal as new storms push into the Prairies


Last week's storm caused widespread power outages
Last week's storm caused widespread power outages

The Canadian Press

July 3, 2012 — SaskPower says operations are finally back to normal after violent storms knocked out power to many areas of Saskatchewan last week.

SaskPower plans to install "smart metres" to help track power usage
SaskPower plans to install "smart metres" to help track power usage

SaskPower chief executive Robert Watson says that operations are back to normal as powerful storms lashed Saskatchewan last week, just in time for a new storm system.

At the height of last week's storms, as many as 200,000 customers were left in the dark after power lines were downed.

Watson says it was tough work getting the lines back up as some vehicles sank in mud and crews worked in waist deep water.

And now, a new storm system - packing strong winds large hail and heavy rain - has the potential to create additional outages.

The recent outages have prompted SaskPower to speed up its plan to install smart meters that will help track power usage.

While the smart meters can't stop outages from happening, they will help SaskPower better track customers that lose electricity.

The organization plans to install 500,000 smart meters by the end of 2014.

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