Residents of Saskatchewan set records, as they did everything in their power to retain body heat while celebrating the holidays during some of the coldest weather seen in a long time.
Not only were new highs seen in the consumption of natural gas, the electricity demand was off the charts as people battled the -50 windchills.
"It (the peak) happened at 5:42 PM, around suppertime, on Friday December 29th. The total system load reached 3,792 megawatts, and that's 45 megawatts over the previous demand record, which is equivalent to the electricity required to power about 45,000 Saskatchewan homes," shared Jordan Jackle, a spokesperson with SaskPower.
The last record was set on January 12th, 2017, preceded by a pair of others in the two weeks prior. According to Jackle, this is becoming a common trend, and a result of a two-fold influence on the situation, not to mention an increase in extreme cold weather.
"Saskatchewan is growing. We continue to add more and more customers and businesses to the power grid, and individuals are actually using more power than they used to in terms of new devices in peoples homes and new appliances."
"In the winter, heating is obviously something that factors into this. People are also plugging in their vehicles longer, and in the winter there's less light so people have their lights on in their home far more," he added.
In addition, since the peak took place during the supper hour, one can only conclude that the fact that everyone being home, and cooking supper with the lights on and vehicles plugged in certainly played a role.