This B.C heat wave has meant a huge demand for electricity in the province, with predictions that we could exceed the historical record for the month of June.
B.C Hydro spokesperson Tanya Fish says yesterday, the crown utility recorded the highest peak hourly demand of the season, a ten percent spike over the same day last week.
“We are predicting that we could break our consumption record for the month of June. This is largely due to the fact that we are seeing those high temperatures so early in the season. We’re not quite into the official start of summer yet, and we are seeing those temperatures in the 30’s across the province. So this is why we are predicting that we could break our consumption record for the month of June.”
Last August, B.C Hydro set a new record for summer power consumption when the province’s peak hourly demand reached approximately 7,500 megawatts.