With the unexpected return of February snow, BC Hydro says it’s seeing customers bump up their power consumption.
Spokesperson Mora Scott says yesterday evening brought about the most noticeable uptick this month.
“Last night peak consumption between 5 and 6 p.m. was 9,539 megawatts, which is about 10% higher than it was last Monday. Definitely not high enough to break a record, but it is significant.”
Scott says despite the wintery weekend, it’s on weekdays that the system tends to see more pressure.
“Generally BC Hydro sees the highest demand for electricity between 4 and 8 p.m. on weekday evenings, and that’s really the time of day when people are coming home, turning up the heat, doing their laundry, making dinner and switching on the TV.”
But while juice consumption is up, it’s not enough to touch a record-breaking day back on January 3.
During that cold snap, Scott says consumers burned through more than 10,000 megawatts in a single hour, the highest in 10 years.