Hydro-Québec continues to ask for the public's cooperation in reducing electricity consumption



    MONTREAL, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Hydro-Québec has seen record electricity
consumption due to the extremely cold weather conditions that prevail
throughout Québec. According to projections, Québec's power requirements will
continue to rise and could reach 38,000 MW by Friday morning. The all-time
electricity demand peak of 36,268 MW registered on January 15, 2004 was nearly
equalled this morning, as consumption hit the 36,250 MW mark.

    Hydro-Québec asks that electricity consumption be reduced during the
following peak hours:

    
    - Thursday, January 15: between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
    - Friday, January 16: between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., and between 5 p.m.
      and 8 p.m.
    

    In order to ensure an additional operating margin, Hydro-Québec reminds
the public that it is important to reduce its electricity consumption during
peak hours, particularly on Friday morning, when demand is expected to be at
its highest.

    The most effective measures to reduce consumption in these peak periods
are as follows:

    
    - Turn down the heat by 2 degrees in all rooms
    - Limit lighting to what is strictly necessary, especially outdoors
    - Limit hot water use
    - Avoid using dishwashers, clothes washers or dryers
    

    To help ensure service reliability, Hydro-Québec has applied various
means at its disposal to meet exceptional circumstances. Furthermore,
Hydro-Québec has reduced heating and lighting in all its Québec facilities and
has turned off the illuminated logo sign on its head office building.

    The company wants to thank the public for its valuable cooperation.




For further information:

For further information: Hydro-Québec, (514) 289-4307


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