BC Hydro sets new record for summer power consumption

Aug 30 2017, 1:44 am

BC used a record-breaking amount of electricity as it tried to cool things down in the heat of on Monday, according to BC Hydro.

The corporation said that on Monday evening, the peak hourly demand – the hour that customers use the most electricity – reached 7,851 megawatts.

“Electricity demand increased by 12% over last Monday’s peak demand of 7,022 megawatts,” said BC Hydro in a release. This translated into a 829 megawatt increase in demand.

The new summer record breaks the previous record of 7,468 megawatts, which was set on Aug. 11, 2014.

The power consumption record is the second record broken this yearIt is the second power consumption record broken this year. On January 3, BC Hydro recorded the highest-ever peak hourly demand at 10,126 megawatts.

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