With every provincewide heat wave comes a slight increase in electricity use. Although BC Hydro is a winter-peaking utility – our demand is the highest on the coldest, darkest day of the year – summer heat waves, like the one we are in right now, provide a great opportunity for British Columbians to learn how to conserve energy.
“With an average daytime high of 29 degrees C on Sunday (at the Vancouver airport) our highest instant provincewide load requirement came between 9 and 10 p.m. – 6,127 megawatts,” the energy utility said in a statement.
“This is 458 megawatts higher than the peak exactly one week before that when the average daytime high was 19 degrees C. That day, we hit 5,669 megawatts between 9 and 10 p.m.”
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