Musings —07.21.2011 08:42 AM—
…but, at least, McGuinty’s approach is working:
Ontario will set temperature records today but won’t break any power use records (Heat-Wave)
Source: The Canadian Press
Jul 21, 2011 9:35
TORONTO – Ontario may be set to break some temperature records today, but it won’t be breaking any power demand records, despite all the air conditioners being cranked up.
The Independent Electricity System Operator predicts peak demand will hit 26,651 megawatts today, which won’t even be enough to crack the top ten peak demand days.
The all-time high was Aug. 1, 2006, when Ontario needed 27,005 megawatts of electricity.
IESO spokesman Terry Young says lower industrial demand is one of the reasons we won’t set any power records today despite the soaring heat and humidity.
And Young says conservation efforts are paying off, along with time-of-use pricing which does have people trying to move some of their electricity use to off-peak hours after 7 o’clock each evening.
The agency recommends people set their air conditioners to 26 degrees during the day today to conserve energy and save money.
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