Cold snap leads to power consumption record

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The current cold snap has led to an electricity consumption record at Hydro-Quebec — and the utility continues to call on people to cut their power consumption if they can for at least the next two days.

Hydro is reporting consumption of power province-wide reached 39,240 megawatts on Wednesday morning, surpassing the old record set on Jan. 23 of last year, when the utility's consumption figure reached 38,797 megawatts.

Then, as now, early-morning temperatures bottomed out in the mid-minus-20s, and Environment Canada says there won't be any significant relief from this cold snap until at least Friday. High temperatures are only expected to reach -19 degrees, and the lows both nights are expected to get close to -25.

On Friday afternoon, we're expecting a relatively balmy high of -12.

While the cold snap continues, Hydro-Quebec is asking that you reduce your power consumption during peak hours for at least Wednesday and Thursday — in the morning, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., and again in the evening between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Among other things, it suggests that during those hours, you reduce the temperature in your home by a degree or two, limit the use of hot water and refrain from using appliances like washers, dryers, and dishwashers.

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  1. beerdrinkingnick posted on 01/21/2014 06:53 PM
    has Hydro thought of saving electricity them selves ? like Converting all there street lights to LED ?
  2. joel posted on 01/21/2014 07:16 PM
    I suggest that Hydro Quebec should have thought about what would happen when they convinced the masses to convert from oil/gas to 100% (not true) efficient baseboard heaters, and it is cold outside...

    Now you want us not to heat.. Let's not forget about the 6+% increase demanded because of unused electricity....
  3. Joe posted on 01/21/2014 09:11 PM
    I will use less when they charge less. so they can make cash for their benefit selling to the US then buy it back at bargain prices. What a racket. Have tons of Hydro, annually ask cash from the people who own it (the taxpayers ) sell it to others for profit, then tell the people who own it there is not enough for you so buy blankets.
    Sounds like Quebec to me.
  4. Dave Elder posted on 01/22/2014 10:56 AM
    in this modern day, why would we even want to use less electricity, with all this modern technology today you would think that Hydro Quebec would be able to keep up with the demand, I for one will not use less energy, why should I, Hydro is there for a reason and they should be able to keep up with the demand, after all this is winter in Quebec, and yet they continue to raise the rates, never giving back to us or lowering the rates, this is total BS!! we may as well go back to the stone ages then!
  5. John posted on 01/22/2014 12:40 PM
    In today's were most people couldn't care less about others do you really think they CARE about cutting back on their use of electricity ????

    It's the " ALL ABOUT ME " way of thinking .
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