Hydro-Québec asks for the public's cooperation in reducing electricity consumption

    MONTREAL, Jan. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Hydro-Québec anticipates record
electricity consumption due to the extremely cold weather expected in the next
few days. According to projections, Québec's requirements will reach 37,900
MW, exceeding the record power demand peak of 36,268 MW registered on January
15, 2004.
    Given the current situation, Hydro-Québec is calling upon the public to
reduce electricity consumption during peak hours, in order to give it an
additional operating margin.
    Hydro-Québec asks that consumption be reduced during the following peak

    - Thursday, January 15: between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 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.

    The most effective measures to reduce consumption 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 will reduce heating and lighting throughout its Québec facilities
and will turn off the illuminated sign at the top of its head office building.
    The company wants to thank the public for its cooperation and will keep
it informed.

For further information:

For further information: Hydro-Québec - Media Team, (514) 289-4214,
Press room: http://www.hydroquebec.com/media

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