British Columbians will be left in the dark when it comes to Earth Hour power savings this year.
BC Hydro says it won’t have any data about how many B.C. residents took part on Earth Hour in 2016 and it’s all because of daylight saving.
Kevin Aquino with BC Hydro says the issue means not being able to compare the numbers with last year.
“This year the [World Wildlife Foundation] moved up the event to the same week as daylight saving time, and we need at least one Saturday in between to use as a benchmark and provide accurate measurements.”
“The measurements wouldn’t be accurate, because of daylight saving the lights may have been kept on a bit longer or they might have different electronics plugged in.”
Aquino says people can go online to compare their own consumption, but no collective data will be available for 2016.
BC’s power savings were very low last year, dropping only by 0.2% during Earth Hour.
This year there’s no way of knowing if the event did any better.