New Record for Power Use Set

December 13, 2016

Frosty temperatures mean more consumption

Winter's icy return has brought a new record for power use in Saskatchewan. On Dec. 12 at 5:24 p.m., SaskPower's new peak load reached 3,710 megawatts (MW).

The previous record of 3,640 MW was set Jan. 12, 2016. The record was surpassed by 70 MW, or the equivalent power use of 70,000 homes.

"We've seen new peaks set nine times since 2007, and we know this trend is going to continue. We want to make sure our customers have the safe and reliable power they depend on," said Mike Marsh, SaskPower President and CEO. "That's why we are working to bring new generation to our fleet, such as Chinook Power Station. We also want to make sure we meet this growing need for power in a sustainable way, and that's why future demand records will be increasingly met by more renewable power as we double our renewable sources by 2030."

New peak records have been set in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, twice in 2015 and now twice in 2016.

Colder temperatures don't have to bring higher power bills. SaskPower's customers have the power to save:

  • Turn down the thermostat, especially when no one is home. Changing the temperature of your home by even a few degrees can make a big difference. For every degree you lower your thermostat overnight for an eight-hour period, you can save up to two per cent on your heating costs.
  • Plug in your car with a timer. Your car only needs to be plugged in for four hours. Use a block heater timer to save around $25 a year.
  • Turn off the lights. Shorter days and longer nights mean interior lights in your home are on longer. Remember to turn out the lights when you leave a room. Better yet, cut down the power they use by about three quarters by using LED light bulbs.

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At a glance...

  • New peak of 3,710 MW set Dec. 12, 2016.
  • See saskpower.com for ways to conserve energy this winter.

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