Power demand spikes to new high in cold
Frigid temperatures across Saskatchewan have sent power demands soaring to unprecedented levels.
SaskPower, the provincial Crown utility, said the province set a record for electricity consumption on Friday when 3,543 megawatts were used at 5:24 p.m.
That was almost 100 megawatts more than the day before, which had already broken last January's record of 3,379 MW.
According to Environment Canada, the high temperature in Regina on Friday was -25.6 C and the low was -33.7 C, while some places were even colder.
For example, Environment Canada's website noted the minimum temperature in Val Marie, Sask., was -39.6 C.
In a news release about the new record, SaskPower president Robert Watson said the company expects to break the record again in the coming winter months, in part because more people living in the province means more power use.