Historic peak expected: Hydro-Québec asks for the public's cooperation to reduce power consumption during peak periods

MONTREAL, Jan. 21, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Hydro-Québec anticipates significant power consumption due to the extremely cold weather conditions at this time and forecast for the next few days. The consumption needs for all of Québec should surpass 39,000 MW tomorrow morning, setting a new historic peak. The previous peak of 38,797 MW occurred on January 23, 2013.

Hydro-Québec will use various means at its disposal to manage this situation, including an appeal to the general public. The company is asking customers to reduce electricity use during these peak hours:

  • Wednesday, January 22: from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m
  • Thursday, January 23: from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.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 energy-intensive appliances (especially dryers and dishwashers) by a few hours.
  • Limit the use of hot water as much as possible.

Hydro-Québec has also called for the contribution of government building managers and industrial customers. In addition, the company will reduce heating and lighting in all of its buildings across Québec, including the corporate logo and Mousseau mural at its head office.

Hydro-Québec sincerely thanks all its customers for their cooperation and will keep them informed of any new developments.

SOURCE Hydro-Québec

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