Demand for electricity in Québec reaches a new record peak

    MONTREAL, Jan. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Québec's electricity requirements
reached an unprecedented peak of 37,220 MW this morning, between 7 a.m. and 8
a.m. When the record peak occurred, the outdoor temperature in Montréal was
-26 degrees Celsius.
    According to consumption projections for this evening, electricity demand
is estimated at 35,700 MW. Therefore, Hydro-Québec continues to ask for the
public's cooperation in reducing power consumption between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
this evening, Friday, January 16.
    The most effective measures for reducing electricity consumption in 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

    The efforts of Hydro-Québec's customers made it possible to save up to
400 MW.
    Hydro-Québec would like to take this opportunity to thank its customers
for their invaluable contribution. The company also thanks representatives of
the media for their cooperation during this exceptionally cold period.

For further information:

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

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