BC Hydro experiences record-breaking electricity demand two days in a row

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BC Hydro set another new record for the highest summer peak hourly demand on the night of June 27, breaking the new record set just the day before.

Preliminary analysis found electricity consumption reached 8,106 MW, which was more than 100 MW higher than the new summer record that was set on June 26. Peak hourly demand for June 28 is expected to be even higher and may exceed 8,300 MW.

BC Hydro has seen some localized outages on its system as a result of high demand and says crews are on standby and working as hard as they can to restore power quickly.

British Columbia has been facing record-breaking temperatures, 5 to 10 degrees Celsius above the norm for this time of year.

More than 90% of BC Hydro’s generation is produced by hydroelectric power. The company generates over 43,000 GWh of electricity annually to supply more than 1.9 million residential, commercial and industrial customers.

BC Hydro is a Crown corporation, owned by the government and people of British Columbia.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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