Historical peak: Hydro-Québec asks for the public's cooperation to reduce power consumption
MONTREAL, Jan. 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Hydro-Québec is anticipating record power consumption due to the extremely cold weather conditions prevailing now and forecast for the next few days. System demand is expected to reach a historical peak of 39,000 MW, exceeding the 37,717-MW peak recorded on January 24, 2011
All of its production facilities are in operation. However, in order to give the utility greater operating margin, Hydro-Québec is asking for cooperation from the public to reduce power consumption during peak periods.
Hydro-Québec is asking for reduced power usage during these peak hours:
- Wednesday, January 23: from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Thursday, January 24: from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Here are the most effective ways to reduce consumption:
- Lower the thermostat temperature by a degree or two (Celsius) in all rooms, especially those that are unused.
- Postpone using major appliances (especially dryers and dishwashers) by a few hours.
- Limit the use of hot water as much as possible.
Hydro-Québec has implemented the various means at its disposal to ensure continuity of service under extreme contingencies. The utility will also reduce heating and lighting in all its administrative buildings in Québec, and the lights on the logo and the mural of Mousseau at head office will be turned off.
Hydro-Québec sincerely thanks all customers for their cooperation and will keep them informed of any new developments.
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