Power usage increases during Earth Hour in Fort St. John

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By Adam Reaburn

On Saturday night hundreds of people and household’s in Fort St. John went dark for Earth Hour.

The problem is, it wasn’t enough as Fort St. John actually saw an increase in power usage from 8:30pm to 9:30pm on Saturday March 27th. In 2009 the community saw a decrease of 1.5%, but in 2010, the community saw an increase of 0.06%.

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A small but sold out crowd packed Whole Wheat and Honey Saturday night at an event to celebrate Earth Hour organized by NEAT. Several other businesses also dimmed their lights on Saturday to show support for the cause.

Overall in the province, BC Hydro says they saw an overall decrease of 1.04%, which is enough to provide power to close to 2,200 homes for a year.

One community in the Northeast did see a decrease. Fort Nelson saw it’s power consumption drop by 1.6%. BC Hydro was unable to provide data for Dawson Creek. 

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia to bring awareness to climate change. In 2008, the event blossomed into a worldwide movement, with more than 35 countries participating.

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