Sask. expected to set another summer power use record

By CJME News Staff
July 12, 2017 - 11:05am

Saskatchewan may set yet another new record for summer electricity use as the weather warms back up this week.
 
Monday saw temperatures peak at 35 C in Regina, helping drive the province to a record for power use as people fired up their air conditioners.
 
SaskPower reported that the province hit a peak usage of 3,360 megawatts by about 3 p.m. Monday, breaking  the previous record by 29 megawatts, or the equivalent of about 29,000 homes' worth of electricity use.
 
That new record may not stand long, with temperatures expected to get back into the mid-30's this week.
 
SaskPower reported that the winter power use record remains higher than the one set for summer, but the gap is closing.
 
Cooling and heating represents about a quarter of most residential power bills for users in the province.

 

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