Cold temperatures leading to increased demand for power: BC Hydro

Photo: BC Hydro

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – According to BC Hydro, electricity demand increased by 18% yesterday. That’s almost 1,500 megawatts higher than last Thursday’s peak of 8,393 megawatts. The record set in November 2006 of 10,113 megawatts still stands.

“On Tuesday, electricity demand peaked at 9,345 megawatts between 5 and 6 p.m. This was 1,000 megawatts higher than the peak demand on Tuesday the week before.”

BC Hydro also says they saw electricity demand peak at 9,869 megawatts between 5 and 6 p.m. on Thursday. A new record for the year.

On Tuesday, December 6, 2016 demand increased by 12%. On Wednesday, December 7, 2016 demand increased by 3 more percent to 15%. Yesterday saw the increase of 18%.

BC Hydro currently tracks the highest demand for electricity in the winter months between 4:00 and 8 p.m. on weekday evenings. This is when British Columbians come home from work and use more electricity.

Residential energy consumption can increase, on average, by 88% in the colder, darker months according to Hydro.